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Concrete Countertop Step by Step Guide

We’re different!

Welcome to a new way to learn about concrete countertops and buy concrete countertop supplies.

  • Here you can find everything from completely from-scratch mix formulas to a just add water bagged mix. We give you freedom of choice in products and the knowledge to use them well. 
  • Each product has a detailed explanation of when to use it, how and why. You won’t find this kind of product guidance anywhere else.
  • You also won’t find this kind of value anywhere else.  We’re not the Wal-Mart of concrete countertop supplies, instead we offer excellent value and excellent advice.

Combine all this with our great information and training, and you’ve got a complete resource for concrete countertop success. Click here to visit the online store.

 


Step by Step Guide to Professional Tools and Materials for Making Concrete Countertops

This is your guide to understanding all the processes, tools and materials needed to produce concrete countertops and elements, in order of the production process. Each section contains a variety of articles, free videos, seminars, step-by-step instructions and more, with the aim to bring you the most comprehensive information anywhere.

You can also click here to view a list of the free seminars and browse all of our videos on our YouTube channel and articles on our blog.

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Fundamentals: Concrete Countertop Mix Design Principles

Start here! This is the fundamental technical information you need to succeed with any form of concrete. Learn the basics of concrete countertop mix design that apply to precast, GFRC and cast in place concrete countertop mixes. This page covers important priniciples such as water/cement ratio and admixtures.

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Fundamentals: Concrete Countertop Mix Ingredients

Understand how all the mix ingredients work together in conventional concrete mixes, which ingredients you can buy at your local home center, and which specialty ingredients you really need and why.


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Fundamentals: GFRC Mix Ingredients

Learn how GFRC works and how the mist coat and backer coat, and all the ingredients that go into them, combine to create strong, lightweight concrete countertops.

Click Here for an index of the extensive free articles and videos about GFRC mix ingredients and how they work.

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Equipment: GFRC Tools for Mixing and Casting

Learn which tools are most effective so that you can make the best investment, both when you’re just starting out and when you’re in production.

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Equipment: Precast Mixers

How to select the best mixer for precast concrete countertops.

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Equipment: Basic Shop Equipment & Layout

How to lay out your shop and what equipment you need – and don’t need.

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Step 1: Templating

How to create the essential first step to a high quality concrete countertop – an accurate template.


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Step 2: Forming and Molds

Forming (aka mold making) techniques for a variety of concrete styles, including GFRC and three-dimensional.


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Step 3: Mixing (Precast)

What order to add ingredients to the mixer, plus more important tips. (See the GFRC Mix Ingredients section above for information about mixing GFRC.)

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Step 4: Casting (Precast)

Tips for casting both stiff and fluid mixes. (See the GFRC Mix Ingredients section above for information about casting GFRC.)


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Step 5: Curing

Understanding the importance of proper curing.


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Step 6: Processing: Diamond Pads

Learn how to select diamond pads for concrete countertops, and avoid wasting your money on pads that won’t last or won’t perform the way you want.

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Step 6: Processing: Diamond Polishers

How to select and use professional grade diamond polishers.


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Step 7: Sealing

Sealers are the most important and most misunderstood topic in concrete countertops. Clear up the confusion with solid information and hard data on sealers.

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Step 8: Installation

How to safely transport slabs, then install them with the best fit and finish.


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Complete List of Free Concrete Countertop Training

FREE Foundational Seminars:

  • FREE! How Concrete Works – View here.
  • FREE! Getting Started with Concrete Countertops (with Mix Design) – Get access here.
  • FREE! Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Admixtures for Concrete Countertops – Get access here.
  • FREE! How to Use CSA Cements for Rapid Production – View here.
  • FREE! Understanding GFRC – View here.
  • FREE! Step by Step GFRC How-To (with Mix Design) – Get access here.
  • FREE! Prevent Sealer Problems and Callbacks – Plus much more. Click here.
  • FREE! Diamond Polishing – View here.
  • FREE! Cast in Place Concrete Countertops – Get access here.
  • FREE! Websites, SEO & Social Media for Creative Concrete Professionals – Get access here.

See also our YouTube channel and Articles.

 

Paid Online Training: Cost is generally $49 each, or FREE with membership.

 

 

Gatherings with other creative concrete professionals

Wouldn’t it be great if you could visit someone who shares the same challenges as you, see his or her shop, and talk to other creative concrete pros face to face? You’d probably want to make a little something too, and see what equipment and techniques others use.

These gatherings provide a way for pros to share information, make connections, and identify ways that we as creative concrete professionals can help each other raise the standard in the concrete countertop industry.

Some of these events provide some training, others simply serve to foster a sense of community and help each other. Here are some upcoming events that CCI is participating in:

Oct 20-22, 2016
EPIC  www.buddyrhodes.com/epic/

Previous events:

Oct 2015
EPIC  www.buddyrhodes.com/epic-2015/
March 2015
Orlando, FL in March 2014 – Click here for photos.

 

 

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