Tag Archives: Concrete

How to Cut Decorative Joints in Concrete, by ConcreteNetwork.com

How to Cut Decorative Joints in Concrete, by ConcreteNetwork.comYou’ve probably seen decorative joints in concrete before, from faux paving stones to circular medallions. You may have even wondered how they’re made. After all, saw blades only cut in straight lines, right?

According to Bob Harris of the Decorative Concrete Institute, not really.

Harris shows you how to cut both round joints and precise straight joints with walk-behind saws and angle grinders in this ConcreteNetwork.com video. (You may remember him from another ConcreteNetwork.com video that we featured two weeks ago on cutting control joints in concrete). Since this is a video about decorative concrete, there’s also a section on dyeing and acid staining. Watch it now, and let us know what you think in the comments section.

How to Cut Control Joints in Concrete with a Cut-off Saw, by ConcreteNetwork.com

How to Cut Safely with a Diamond Blade and Handheld Saw

We’ve shown you how control joints in concrete work. Now we’re going to show you how to make them with cut-off saws.

You can make these cuts with walk-behind or early entry saws, of course. However, some surfaces like stamped and other decorative concretes demand smaller cut-off saws, according to Bob Harris of the Decorative Concrete Institute. This video from ConcreteNetwork.com shows you how to do cut control joints in these surfaces with these saws. Watch it now, and let us know what you think in the comments section.

How to Control Dust when Cutting Concrete, by Concrete Network

How to Cut Safely with a Diamond Blade and Handheld Saw

Controlling respirable crystalline silica dust can prevent lung conditions like silicosis, COPD, tuberculosis, and lung cancer. The best way to do that, aside from wearing a respirator, is wet-cutting. However, wet-cutting has disadvantages: it’s messy and not suited for indoor cutting, not all saws are equipped for it, and cutting sites don’t always have access to water.

Using a vacuum to control dust is less preferable to wet-cutting, but it has the advantages of being easier to set up and clean up. This video from ConcreteNetwork.com showcases three kinds of vacuums, from Shop-Vac-type vacuums all the way to HEPA filter-equipped monsters. Watch it now, and let us know what you think in the comments section.

Infographic: What Cuts Ductile Iron Better, PowerGrit Chainsaw Chain or Ductile Iron Ring Saw Safety Blade?

Infographic: What Cuts Ductile Iron Better, PowerGrit Chainsaw Chain or Ductile Iron Ring Saw Safety Blade?We think that the Ductile Iron Ring Saw Safety Blade is better at cutting buried ductile iron pipe than ICS’s PowerGrit chainsaw chain. After all, it cuts faster, lasts longer, and is more versatile. However, that leaves us with a problem: how do we show you that?

So we asked our resident graphic artists to come up with an infographic – our very first! – showing exactly how the Ductile Iron Ring Saw Safety Blade beats the PowerGrit chain. You can either click on the picture below to see a JPEG of it or download a PDF version with links to all of our sources.

Desert Diamond Industries Ductile Iron Ring Saw Safety Blade vs. ICS PowerGrit Chainsaw Chain Infographic

One Last Look at World of Concrete 2014

One Last Look at World of Concrete 2014We took a lot of photos at the World of Concrete 2014 convention last week, and we didn’t want them to go to waste. So we went through them and picked out some of the best, including a couple that haven’t been seen on this blog before! Scroll down as we take one last look at World of Concrete 2014.

You can also see the rest of our photos from our booth setup and from Day 1, Day 2, and Day 3 at World of Concrete 2014, as well as photos of our raffle winners at the convention.

Phil Leggard and Glen Hellebrand Calling the Office while Setting Up Desert Diamond Industries' Booth at World of Concrete 2014

We had only one day – Jan. 20 – to set up our booth at World of Concrete 2014. Phil Leggard and salesman Glen Hellebrand had their work cut out for them.

Desert Diamond Industries from Dscaff Engineering Scaffolding at World of Concrete 2014

An aerial view of our booth, taken on Jan. 21 from a scaffold erected by Dscaff Engineering.

Nicholas Mione of Desert Diamond Industries Getting His Photo Taken by Las Vegas Review-Journal

A Las Vegas Review-Journal photographer took photos of Desert Diamond Industries’ owner Nicholas Mione with our Ductile Iron Safety Blade for their World of Concrete 2014 story on Jan. 21.

Nicholas Mione of Desert Diamond Industries Showing Off Saws at World of Concrete 2014Then it was back to selling for Nick. Here he is talking up our Husqvarna saws on Jan. 21.

Gionni Mione during Break at World of Concrete 2014

Company president Gionni Mione during a break in the action on Jan. 21.

Staff Meeting at World of Concete 2014

General Manager Troy Fullerton, second from left, rallying the troops on Jan. 21. From left to right: booth attendant Elisabeth Lund, salesman Mike Harris, and salesman Benny Mione.

Benny Mione at World of Concrete 2104

Benny selling a customer on our Husqvarna saws on Jan. 22.

Crowded Booth at World of Concrete 2104Foot traffic was light at World of Concrete 2014, but we still managed to pack ’em in a couple of times, like during this mob scene on Jan. 22.
Mike Harris Shaking a Customer's Hand at World of Concrete 2014

Mike shaking hands with a customer on Jan. 23.

Gionni Mione Playing Air Saw at World of Concrete 2014Gionni showing a customer how to use one of our Husqvarna saws on Jan. 23. Either that, or he’s playing air saw again.

Customers Measuring Husqvarna K970 Ring Saw at World of Concrete 2014

Apparently, two World of Concrete 2014 goers didn’t believe us when we said that the Husqvarna K970 ring saw had a 14-inch blade. This photo was taken on Jan. 23.
Gionni Mione and Benny Mione Selling Concrete Combo Blades at World of Concrete 2014Gionni showing two convention goers our concrete blades on Jan. 23.