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14 Concrete Tools and Products You Didn’t Know You Needed

As an experienced concrete contractor or home renovator, you probably know what tools you need to get the job done. But having the right tools and the best products is essential to getting the job done not just right but in the best way possible. Here are some of our favorite concrete products that you didn’t know you needed.

Gerson silica and concrete dust mask

Safety first. Next time you are cutting or grinding, make sure to put on one of these Gerson silica and concrete masks. Reduces exposure to respirable crystalline silica dusts and provides at least 99.97 percent filtration efficiency against solid and liquid aerosols.

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MBW’s ScreeDemon™solves four problems that other wet screeds have. It’s lower maintenance, highly functional, lower vibrating and easy to assemble. Patent-pending mount retention reduces hand/arm vibration 50 to 90 percent. It’s everything you want in a wet power screed.

ProTilt MagVibe

When it comes to adaptors for your tools, there’s nothing better than the Pro Tilt™ from MagVibe. Designed to be easily attached to all of your floats, the Pro Tilt features a gear-driven pivot, sealed bearings and Superior Innovation’s QAS™ quick attach system. Stop by your local ICS concrete specialty store in Utah or Idaho to see the difference for yourself.

36-inch power trowel with edger

Another awesome product from MBW, the 36-inch power trowel can edge right up against the wall. You heard that right. The built-in edger feature allows you to do what typically requires two machines to accomplish.

Marshalltown Mag Float Intermountain Concrete

The Marshalltown magnesium Mag Float is a must-have for contract contractors. High-strength, lightweight magnesium construction delivers faster, smoother floating. Make sure you have one of these in your bucket.

turnbuckle form aligner

Keep walls straight and plumb. Turnbuckle form aligners are an essential part of wall forming.

concrete shaped with a stencil

Reusable concrete stencils take decorative concrete to a whole new level. Designed to be floated into freshly placed concrete, the stencils can pulled up once concrete has hardened, leaving a crisp impression behind.

DecraSeal Natural

Decra-Seal Natural is low-VOC, water-based sealer that enhances the natural color and features of decorative concrete. The penetrating water repellent formula chemically bonds to the substrate for a durable, reliable finish.

Hydrophilic Waterstop

There’s nothing worse than wet concrete when it shouldn’t be. Hydrophilic waterstop is a high-quality, cost-effective solution to ensure water doesn’t get in where you don’t want it.

SureStep Concrete additive

Quit falling and stay on your feet. Next time you need to seal concrete to high-traffic areas, add Sure Step non-slip additive.

Tytan bonding foam

TYTAN Foam Bond 60’s innovative formula bonds architectural foam shapes, boards, trim and panels in just 60 seconds, becoming fully secure after five minutes. No solvents means no offensive odor. Bonding foam to concrete has never been easier.

Pourthane

W.R. Meadows Pourthane Non-Sag and Self-leveling Joint Sealant comes in 11 different colors and in convenient pouches. Ready-to-use without mixing, there’s no easier way to fill cracks and joints with a colored caulk.

WR Meadows SL joint sealant

Also from W.R. Meadows: HS-1 SL one-part, self-leveling, SMP-based sealant. Yes, this is colored self-leveling joint sealant in a bag.

Power Trowels concrete products Utah

Last but not least: power trowels. Designed for continuous use on large floors, these amazing machines offer precision handling for professional concrete finishers to apply an ultra-smooth finish to concrete slabs. Stop in and tell us your favorite brand – and we’ll tell you ours.

When quality and service count, contact one of Intermountain Concrete Specialties’ knowledgeable product and tool specialists.

 

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Exterior Spring Cleaning and Home Maintenance Checklist

Spring has sprung in Utah and the arrival of warm weather makes us want to head outdoors. It’s the perfect time to clear out the clutter and start fresh, but save the closet organizing for rainy days. Instead, tackle these outdoor spring cleaning and home maintenance projects to get your home ready for spring.

√ Decks, Patios and Porches
The first step to deck, patio and porch maintenance is a good spring cleaning. Sweep and power wash, clear weeds and debris, and check for loose steps or railings. If you notice cracks in concrete patios, follow the same steps we recommend below for sidewalks. Once your patio is clean and repaired, protect it from future stains and damage with a concrete sealer. Consider beautifying with decorative stamped concrete to enhance home value and appearance.

√ Concrete Sidewalks and Walkways
Concrete sidewalks can take a beating in winter. The first step to spring concrete maintenance is a good cleaning. Sweep away any debris so you can get a good look at the current condition. Next, carefully inspect concrete, checking for cracked or crumbling areas. Visit one of Intermountain Concrete Specialties six locations in Utah and Idaho the products, tools and tips you need to repair concrete cracks before damage progresses.

√ Foundation
Check concrete foundation walls, floors and slabs for cracking, heaving or deterioration. Some cracks are minor and can be repaired. If the crack is the width of a nickel, it’s time to call a professional.

√ Roof
Winter can take a toll on your roof so perform a close inspection each spring. Check flashings, and look for punctured, cracked, curled or missing shingles. Some are visible from the ground, but it’s a good idea to get a closer look to see if roof maintenance is required.

√ Gutters
Gutters and downspouts need to be clear of obstructions to properly manage rain water and to prevent moisture damage to your home. Clear leaves and other winter debris from gutters, reattach loose ones, and make sure water runoff is directed away from the house. If there are leaks, dry the area and use caulk or epoxy to seal.

√ Siding
Check for loose siding panels and ensure the flashing is in place. Clean siding with a pressure washer to remove winter’s dirt and debris. Take care of any necessary exterior siding repairs or painting.

√ HVAC
Routine maintenance on your central HVAC unit can improve airflow, which in turn can lower heating and cooling costs. If you have an outdoor unit, remove dust, leaves, grass clipping and any other debris that may be blocking airflow. Be sure to shut power to the unit before performing any maintenance. HVAC spring maintenance is definitely something you want to tackle before Utah’s summer heat kicks in.

√ General landscaping
This is a given when it comes to spring home maintenance. Clear dead leaves, branches and other debris; clean out garden and flower beds; prune and trim trees and shrubs; and reseed thin or damaged areas of the lawn.

√ Sprinklers
Check for leaky valves and broken or clogged sprinkler heads. Clean or replace poorly performing sprinklers, check operating pressure, and adjust sprinkler heads as necessary. Open the main water valve slowly to allow pipes to fill gradually and avoid bursting a pipe.

√ Windows and doors
Check screens for punctures or holes, and inspect windowsills and doorways for cracks and potential leaks. To protect from spring rains, remove eroded caulk and fill cracks with fresh exterior caulking. Repaint and seal for a beautiful home enhancement.

Your Utah home is one of the biggest investments you will ever make. Take care of it with spring cleaning and home maintenance so you can enjoy a safe and beautiful home for years to come. Don’t forget to check out our list of 7 Outdoor Concrete Projects for Spring  and the 10 concrete products you need to make them happen!

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15 Specialty Concrete Tools That Will Change Your Life

FOR REBAR

Using the right tools can be the difference between loving and hating rebar – and when you work with concrete, you need to love it!

1. HIT Cutter/Bender
If you have to cut and bend rebar on the job, make sure to bring your HIT cutter/bender (and a little muscle wouldn’t hurt!). With jaws made from high-grade alloy steel, this handy tool serves double duty as a rebar cutter and bender.

2. Rebar Ratchet Twister
There are so many ways to tie rebar. A rebar ratchet twister can make the process a little easier, especially when using pre-cut bar ties.

3. Dobies / Rebar Spacer Blocks
When using rebar or wire mesh in a concrete slab, you need something to keep it off the ground. Dobies, also known as dobie blocks or rebar spacer blocks, act as little chairs to help maintain rebar reinforcements at the correct height as the concrete hardens around it.

FORMING

A few small concrete tools that make a big difference in concrete forming. 

4. Pencil Rods
Thanks to its versatility and ease of use, pencil rod has many construction and industrial applications. Using pencil rod is especially ideal for those odd-shaped forming projects, where snap ties aren’t practical. It’s also a simple, economical alternative when surface appearance isn’t essential.

5. Cam Lock Bracket
When it comes to architectural walls, the Gates Cam Lock bracket is a proven must-have. The bracket engages the loop-end tie, securely holding 2×4 walers into place. Customizable and flexible, this system is adaptable to most types of wall forming systems, uses less lumbar and requires less nailing.

6. Chamfer Cutter
When you’re forming and need a perfect 45-degree angle, make sure to have a chamfer cutter in your bag. This deluxe hand tool creates precision miter cuts on the job site quickly and accurately.

 

POWER TOOLS

7. Concrete Vibrators
Powered by a Honda GXH50, these are a must have for most concrete pours. But when you don’t have power, try a gas-powered backpack vibrator.

8. Husqvarna FS400 LV
Ideal for concrete repair jobs, this all-around push floor saw from Husqvarna offers power, perfect cuts, weight distribution and excellent stability. Features a 6.625-inch cutting depth, 11 hp, and an 18-inch blade.

9. Metabo Hammer Drill
Quality right from the start, this is one amazing hammer drill brought to you by Metabo North America. Metabo hammer drills are perfectly equipped for demanding applications on the job site.

 

PROTECTION

10. Tiger Grip Gloves
Protect your hands with Tiger Grips. These orange nitrile gloves are powder-free with a raised, textured surface so hands don’t slip.

11. HEPA filters
Make sure that when you’re prepping floors, you have a HEPA filter in your vacuum. Remember, OSHA requires a HEPA-rated vacuum (99.97% efficiency at capturing particles greater than .3 microns) for dry cleanup work.

12. Joint Protectors
Soff-Cut joint protectors help eliminate incorrect breakage in concrete products to keep cross sections from blowing out. Why does this happen? If joint cutting isn’t done at just the right time, the concrete doesn’t have the tensile strength to survive the cross cut. Soff-Cut joint protectors apply just the right amount of pressure to keep concrete from cracking.

 

LAST BUT NOT LEAST

A few other products we recommend for tools and gear to make life easier on the job.

13. Keson Industries Giant Chalk Box
A chalk line is a very simple tool that performs an essential task: providing a perfectly straight line. When you need a longer, bolder line, reach for the Giant Chalk Box by Keson Industries.

14. T13 Tangs
Dayton Superior T-13 Tangs are designed for use in the floor slabs of tilt-up projects. Use them to securely attach and anchor wall braces.

15. Joint spatulas
Albion Engineering joint spatulas are used by professionals to make the job a little easier. Comfortable curved handle and rounded tip for standard application, precision ground for optimum flexibility for perfectly finished joints.

 

We have all of these tools and products available at all Intermountain Concrete Specialties locations, plus just about any other specialty concrete tool you can think of. Stop by and see your local concrete specialists.

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9 Concrete Construction Tools and Products You Need This Fall

Fall is here and it’s a great time to take stock of your concrete tools and products to make sure you’re properly equipped for seasonal projects. In Utah, early fall typically brings stable temperatures ideal for pouring concrete, and it’s important to get the job done right before cold weather sets in. Here are nine concrete products you need!

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ICS Concrete Sealers
1. Concrete Sealers
First things first – it’s sealer season! This is the time of year to seal your job well before cold weather sets in. Proper sealing concrete surfaces keeps them protected from moisture, dirt and excess wear, while enhancing the overall appearance. Click here to learn about our top selling sealers, and which one is right for your project.

Chapin Dripless Sealer Intermountain Concrete Specialties
2. Chapin Dripless Shutoff
Tired of sealer drips? Dripless shutoff is what you need! Chapin dripless shut-offs seal at the nozzle tip, eliminating excess buildup in the extension wand that can cause unwanted drips when the shut-off is disengaged. When the trigger grip is released from spraying, the shut-off seals at the nozzle tip keeping the excess left in the wand from dripping. Excellent for applying sealers where precise control is needed!

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3. ICS Construction and Precision Grouts
We have a variety of concrete grouts in stock and ready for use. Stop in and see us so we can help you pick the perfect one.

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4. Halder Hammers
Get the right hammer for your job. Dead Blow Halder Hammers are vibration-reducing even with high impact, ergonomic, noise dampening, and wear-resistant. A great choice for concrete formwork and construction!

MK Diamond Metabo Dust Protection
5. Dust protection
Filters and shrouds from Metabo and MK Diamond provide protection from concrete grinding dust. Helps control airborne particles for a cleaner working environment, while prolonging the life of tools by preventing abrasive dust from entering the motor.


6. True Temper Shovel
Having the right shovel is a must. This 6-inch wide shovel from True Temper Tools is great for pushing concrete in forms.

GrimeMonster remove grease from concrete
7. Grime Monster

From NewLook International, Grime Monster is an effective water-based formula that attacks oil, grease and grime so it can be easily be sprayed or wiped away. The bio-degradable formula breaks down the molecular bond between the grime and the surface and is effective for removing grease and oil from all types of surfaces including concrete.

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8. Keson Measuring Wheel
Sturdy, strong, reliable – Keson Industries leads the industry in precision, quality and safety.

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9. VP Fuel & Sure Can
What’s better than VP fuel? Putting it in a Sure Can. This innovative gas can has patented spill-proof technology so you won’t tip or spill.

 

Stop by any of our six locations in Utah and Idaho to see the latest and greatest in concrete tools, products and equipment. Click here to see current Intermountain Concrete Specialties promotions.

 

 

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What’s In Your Summer Concrete Tool Arsenal?

Some concrete products are seasonal, some you’ll need year-round. Find out what’s new in store at Intermountain Concrete Specialties.

1. Efflock by NewLook International
This is the time of year when efflorescence—that white powdery substance caused by vapor migrating to the surface of a slab—begins to appear on concrete. Think of it as dandruff on your concrete (nobody wants that!). Efflock is a fast-acting, water-based concrete and masonry cleaner that removes chemical impurities at a nano-molecular level, so you can get rid of the problem for good.

2. Jackson Wheelbarrows
The professional’s choice for superior quality and performance, the latest Jackson Wheelbarrow at ICS features steel handles, a flat-free tire, and a 6-cubic-foot steel drum that can carry huge loads. This thing is made to be tough!

3. Sikaflex Self-Leveling Concrete Sealant
It’s a great time of year to seal cracks and joints in concrete sidewalks, balconies, garages, terraces, pavements and more. With SikaFlex Self-Leveling Sealant, you get a high-performance, premium-grade polyurethane sealant with accelerated curing capacity. Stop by your local Intermountain Concrete Specialties and let us show you the best way to use it!

4. Keson Industries Measuring and Marking Tools
Just in from Keson Industries! Check out the variety of long and short tape measures, chalk, chalk boxes, string lines and measuring wheels. Make your mark with the best measuring and marking tools!

5. MBW Concrete Equipment
Check out the latest MBW equipment. MBW has always been stellar, but the 2017 models offer new safety standards and a patent pending “low vibration” feature.

6. Topcon RL-H4C All-In-One Laser
For more measuring perfection, check out this cool laser. The Topcon RL-H4C all-in-one laser combines the functionalities of three lasers in one. Horizontal, slope and long range in one tough package—where distance and accuracy meet. Get it at any ICS location.

CURRENT PROMOTIONAL ITEMS
Occasionally we have surplus items (see below), or really great deals to pass on to you. Check our promotional items page for current deals.

7. Norton 4×4 Max Cut Diamond Blade (14 inches)
Dependable performance and quality assurance is what every concrete contractor asks for—and Norton’s 4×4 MaxCut Diamond Blade delivers. The 4×4 Max Cut delivers true cutting performance, longer life, and anti-crack gullets that help resist core cracking under extreme conditions. Visit our Salt Lake City location for a great promotional deal on this blade now.

8. Re-Grip Yellow
Improve the grip on hammers, shovels, hatchets, pipe wrenches, trowels and more. Re-Grip adds durability and comfort to almost any handle.

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9. Husqvarna Fuel (Quart)
Husqvarna pre-mixed fuel is ready-to-use, ethanol-free, 95 octane premium blend designed for optimal engine performance. 50:1 fuel to oil ratio stays fresh. Get it at ICS Salt Lake.

10. Briggs & Stratton 6-Gallon Air Compressor
Available at our Salt Lake City location, this Briggs & Stratton 6-gallon air compressor brings power to portability. Equipped with tough wheels to move across rugged job sites, an oil-free pump for less maintenance, and a removable handle for easy storage.

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Tilt-Up Concrete Construction

Tilt-up concrete construction has become the building method of choice for large-scale projects such as retail stores, schools, apartment and office buildings, warehouses, commercial structures, and even residential homes. Used since the early 20th century, tilt-up is a construction method where huge concrete panels are cast on site and then lifted up into position—think barn raising but with concrete instead of wood. Today, tilt-up concrete construction is used on virtually every type of large building project, due to reasonable cost, durability, and construction speed.

Tilt-Up Concrete Construction

Tilt-Up Prep
Much of the effort happens up front during planning, site layout and evaluation. This helps ensure that proper procedures and methods are followed, and that a safety perimeter is established for the actual lift. A flat work site is best (although not always possible) as the huge concrete panels are cast on site. Typically, wall forming occurs while laid out on the foundation of the building or on a temporary casting slab.

Tilt-up Concrete Construction concrete slabs laid flat

Construction Process
It’s not uncommon to lay the exterior façade, such as brick, on the cast concrete panels before tilt up occurs. If no façade is laid, a release agent is applied to the slab after proper curing. This helps the panels lift easier without breaking.

Steel reinforcements are installed in a grid pattern to add structural integrity to the concrete panels. Lifting/bracing sensors are secured to the reinforcements. A vibrator ensures even concrete placement throughout the panel. Contractors use laser screeds to improve the quality of casting slabs, and ride-on trowels to give the surface a smooth finish. Tilt-up forms are then laid out and measured precisely with laser technology. Engineering inspections occur at every step of the process.

Tilt-up Concrete Construction ICS raising panels

Upon curing, formwork is stripped from the panels and prepared for tilt up with appropriate lifting mechanisms, clutches and cables. Safety briefings are critical prior to lift, and one person is usually assigned to communicate with the crane operator. After an engineering inspection, the tilt-up crew guides the concrete panel into position and adds structural shims after precise measurements and placement are confirmed. Temporary braces hold each panel in place as others are raised.

Once all of the concrete panels have been lifted and secured, the project engineer inspects and signs off on the tilt-up construction so the building exterior and interior can be completed.

A crane lifts a concrete panel

Product and Equipment Innovations
The growth of the concrete tilt-up construction industry has led to many product, method and equipment innovations. Lifting inserts, braces, brace anchors, aluminum strong backs, rear supports, dobie, bolsters and spacers, bondbreakers, ground release and gyro tilt systems are just a few of the products available to ensure safe, efficient lifting and placement of the massive concrete panels.

Intermountain Concrete Specialties Tilt-up Concrete Construction

As experts in tilt-up concrete construction, we offer tens of thousands of products, vast project knowledge, and a continuous history of construction innovation. No job is too large or too small. Call Intermountain Concrete Specialties today at 801.486.5311 for the products and support you need for your next tilt-up concrete construction project.

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These Are A Few of Our Favorite (Concrete) Things

Make your next concrete project easier with some of our favorite construction tools and concrete products, available at Intermountain Concrete Specialties, your concrete supplier.

Use the GC55 Concrete Saw from Norton Construction Products on green, cured, and decorative concrete, and for cutting expansion joints. The GC55 Concrete Saw features a compact, lightweight design, backed by a reliable Honda 5HP gasoline engine for superior performance. This small push saw has a low, wide profile; improved wheel design for stable cutting even over debris; and folds down for easy storage and transport.

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The last thing you want to worry about is a complicated system for containing and removing hazardous waste from home concrete projects and job sites. Outpak Corrugated Concrete Washouts are designed to provide portable, cost-effective, EPA-friendly solutions for safely removing washout materials such as concrete sediment, stains and paints. The washouts are made with heavy-duty, water-treated fiberboard, yet are light, durable, and fold flat for storage. Setup is quick and easy. After the washout has been filled with runoff material, allow the high-pH wastewater to evaporate, leaving only solid concrete waste, then load it up in a flatbed for easy transportation. Outpak Concrete Washouts are available in 30”x30”, 4’x4’, and 6’x6’.

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Perfect for mapping out project sites and underground utilities, Arvoe Construction Marking Paint is the manufacturer’s flagship marking paint—and for good reason. This high-quality construction marking paint is designed to meet upside-down marking applications while providing excellent color visibility lasting up to three months. Arvoe Construction Marking Paint is available in a variety of colors.

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Nothing is worse than doing all that hard work only to notice your project isn’t level! With digital accuracy of 0.1º at level and plumb, the Kapro 985D Digiman Professional Magnetic Digital Level is one of our favorite simple, yet necessary, tools when it comes to highest accuracy and angle measuring. This Kapro level features Plumb Site® Dual-View™ vial, solid acrylic vials, Ergo Grip™ handles, shockproof end caps, tilted LCD display with backlight, recalibration function, and a 180º readout display that remains straight when the level is upside-down. Large silicone buttons make this level easy to use while wearing gloves.

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What do you do when the grips wear out on your valuable tools? Don’t replace: Re-Grip! This revolutionary product allows you to replace and/or improve the grip on any cylindrical and semi-cylindrical tools, handles and levers while enhancing safety and comfort. Re-Grip can be used on axes, crowbars, hammers, rakes, ratchets, shovels, trowels, jackhammers, levers, drills, wheelbarrows and more. Simply pull a tab to unwind the coil, allowing the grip to shrink and compress securely to size. Learn more:

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Things We Learned From Our First Concrete Projects

Whether you’ve just moved into your first home, or you’ve been settled in your forever home for years, you probably have a list of home improvement projects you’d like to tackle. Chances are there’s at least one concrete project on your to do list, whether it’s an aesthetic home improvement such as decorative concrete countertops in the kitchen, building an outdoor kitchen, or applying a decorative concrete finish to your floor, or a more utilitarian application such as pouring a new concrete RV pad or repairing a cracked backyard patio slab.

Even the most experienced DIYer can be overwhelmed at tackling their first concrete project, so we asked some of Intermountain Concrete’s most experienced employees what they learned from their first concrete project. From doing your research to making sure you have enough materials, time and help to complete the job, here’s what our experts had to say:

Preparation is Key
With more than 40 years experience in the concrete industry, Intermountain Concrete Specialties President Tony Frazier says that the first key to a successful concrete job is doing your homework. “More preparation is always better than hurrying to finish,” he says. “Make sure you have enough materials to complete the project, and allow enough time to complete your project before dark.” It’s also important to make sure the temperature is right for your concrete job application. Testing a sample area first can help you determine whether conditions and materials are right for the job.

Tony notes that his best tips are usually the results of his own trial and error! “For everything I have learned, I probably had several failures because I didn’t follow my own learned lesson,” he says. “My latest was staining a new addition to my patio. Instead of testing a sample area to see if the color matched the stain I had applied three years earlier, I pushed through and the color doesn’t match at all!” Tony says. “I’ve also run short on one of my concrete pours.” He’s learned over the years that planning helps, and so does sharing your failures and successes with others. It never hurts to ask for advice!

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Do It Right From the Start
Idaho Falls Store Manager Gary Dumont says one of the first things he learned about working with concrete is that you’ll need more help than you think. “Try to get one or two people on your crew that have experience doing the work you are doing,” he says, “such as flatwork, walls, footing, etc.” He also offers these tips for a variety of concrete projects: 

  • Brace your forms well. It is much better to be over-braced than under-braced.
  • Double-check your formwork for bracing, level, plumb. size, reinforcing, etc. the day before you order concrete.
  • Use compacted gravel under any concrete work and provide for water drainage where necessary.
  • Tell your concrete dispatcher what type of concrete you are pouring so he can use the proper mix design for your application.
  • Don’t skimp on the PSI of the concrete you order.

Ask for Help
“The first thing I learned is to have enough help and equipment to do the job, “says Kelly J. Harman, Vice President of Sales at Intermountain Concrete Specialties’ Salt Lake City location. “Concrete can get away from you if you don’t have enough help on the job.” He notes that all the effort you put in to have a beautiful, durable job that you will want to enjoy for years and show your friends will be of little value if you don’t have the right tools to get the look you want. “Your local ICS store can help you with the right tools and equipment,” says Gary, “but you’re on your own to make friends!” he jests.

Come See Us
While we can’t supply you with the crew, Intermountain Concrete Specialties does have the tools, materials, equipment and know-how you need. Visit any of our six locations and we’ll get you started on the concrete road to success!

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Concrete Wall Forms

Understanding how to pour and handle concrete safely and efficiently goes a long way toward getting the job done right. Concrete wall forms are used to hold poured concrete in place as it hardens in order to create strong, stable, exact forms. One cubic foot of concrete weighs about 150 pounds — that means an average concrete project may have thousands of square feet of concrete walls that are going to need a lot of support as they’re being formed.

Concrete forms are typically made of strong wood or metal; which type of concrete form to use usually is determined by the amount of concrete it will need to support. A concrete form supporting factory walls, industrial buildings, bridges or large foundations, for example, will need much more support than the shallow, flat forms used to create a concrete driveway or patio. In the former case, steel-reinforced forms are often used to support the massive weight of the concrete. Plastic and fiberglass forms may also be used in some concrete wall forming applications.

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ICS was able to help Jeff Call Construction from Preston Idaho with the forming supplies on this project.

Intermountain Concrete Specialties carries thousands of concrete forming products, ties and materials, including snap ties, wall ties, form cleats, brackets, lifting hardware, inserts, spreader cleats or flat ties. We also have a complete line of concrete wall forming rental equipment, including plywood concrete forms with Jahn bracket clamps and snap ties.

Our concrete wall forming and equipment lead the industry in quality, safety and ease of use. We represent the finest manufacturers, tools and equipment, so you can rest assured your concrete forming product will be exactly what you want it to be. We offer a wide variety of Gates Concrete Forming Systems concrete forms, from residential handset to heavy commercial gang form solutions. This Basics of Concrete guide by Gates helps contractors and DIYers understand the nature of concrete and how to best manage concrete pouring, pressure and support. Dayton Superior concrete wall forms deliver precision endurance, performance and strength. Their Symons brand of concrete forming systems has been a preferred solution for the past century.

concrete formsFrom the smallest do-it-yourself project to the largest project in your city, we have the wall forming supplies and equipment to get the job done right. Visit the Intermountain Concrete showroom nearest you for rental equipment, wall forms and more.

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Intermountain Concrete Specialties Open House Celebrations

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Intermountain Concrete Specialties would like to extend a big “Thank You!” to all of our valued customers, especially those who attended our two Open House celebrations, commemorating Intermountain Concrete Specialties’ 65 years in business. Open House dates were May 19, 2015 at our Logan showroom, and May 21, 2015 at our Salt Lake City location.

A combined total of more than 500 customers attended our Logan and Salt Lake City Open House events for lunch, door prizes, and a chance to visit with top manufacturer representatives.

As a leading supplier of concrete products to the Intermountain West, our Open House celebration welcomed representatives from Innotech, Quikrete, WR Meadows, Hi Country Sales (representing Kraft Tools and Spectra Lasers), Aspentown (representing Marshalltown and Diamond Products), Mapei, Dayton Superior, Lyons Manufacturing, HH Sales (representing Brentwood and Swiss Sprayers), Crete/Commercial Building Solutions, Brad Steele/Chapin Manufacturing, Sika Corp/Greenstreak, US Spec, BASF, MBW/Clipper (represented by Lew Hudson) and more. Reps were on hand to share knowledge about the latest innovations in concrete products.

 Logan Open House — May 19, 2015

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Mapei rep Jeff Walker at ICS Logan Open House

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Visiting with reps at the Logan Open House — Intermountain Concrete Specialties 65th anniversary

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Kraft Tools representative Mike Harrison

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ICS General Manager Mark Brewer with representative from Dayton Superior

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SealTight representative at Intermountain Concrete Specialties Logan open house

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Megan Lord from US Spec — ICS Logan 65th anniversary open house

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Dayton Superior at ICS Logan Open House

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Contractors visiting with concrete product reps | Intermountain Concrete Specialties 65th anniversary, Logan, Utah

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Serving up lunch with a smile!

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Contractors and customers enjoying lunch | ICS 65th anniversary, Logan, Utah

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ICS Logan store manager Travis Johnson with Paul Jackson

 

Salt Lake City Open House — May 21, 2015

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Intermountain Concrete Specialties 65th Anniversary Open House, Salt Lake City, Utah

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Checking out the latest and greatest in concrete products

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Customers visiting with concrete product reps at the Salt Lake City ICS open house

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Concrete manufacturer product display

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Intermountain Concrete Specialties sales rep Tony Frazier with concrete manufacturer product representatives.

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Serving up the World’s Best CornDogs

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Enjoying lunch and catching up with buddies at the ICS Open House in Salt Lake City

Thank you to all of our customers and representatives for 65 great years in the concrete business!

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Founded in 1950, Intermountain Concrete Specialties continues to carry on its tradition of supplying the concrete industry  in the Intermountain West with state-of-the-art concrete products, tools and know-how, all backed by superior customer service. Stop by any of our six locations throughout Utah and Idaho to find out about the latest and most reliable concrete products on the market today.

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