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August 2011 Job of the Month
Some of you may think the home in this project looks a lot like the one in the previous job of the month, and you would be completely right! Our Glen Rose, Tx homewoners loved what we did with their floors and wanted us to show them we knew how to make a countertop for them. Of course, concrete was the material of choice. They loved the neutral look of a natural gray countertop so after a little hiccup at the start (see below) we went right to work building a mold on the cabinets they had installed after we had finished acid staining their floors.
The first day of our how to make a countertop out of concrete project started off on the wrong foot as we got a short spell of rain the day before we arrived. Usually no big deal but the only access to the house was over a long and narrow dirt trail. I tried to get my little station wagon up there but didn’t get too far, it went axle deep in the first four feet and almost didn’t come out (Thank goodness we had the Ford F350 around). Even that one was a nail bitter as it was loaded with two thousand pounds of cement. My guy pointed the nose down the trail, gunned it, and painted my car from bumper to bumper with a thick, smelly, goopy layer of mud. Ahh.., in the end it was worth it, he got all the way up the hill and saved us having to unload and hump a ton of cement about a quarter mile to the job site.
After that, things went smoother and we got down to business. We started by creating a sturdy base for our molds using cement board. We cut it to size and screwed it into place. Next in our how to make a countertop project was to install the edges around the perimeter of the mold. We wrapped it up by dropping the undermount sink back into place, caulking everything so that the wet cement wouldn’t get out, and doing a quick pass with a vacuum cleaner. Of course, it wasn’t quite this easy, it took us about three days to get there as we had six separate countertops to build out.
The final steps in our how to make a countertop out of concrete project was to mix up the cement, pour it in, pack it along the edges, level it, trowel it to smooth it out, and seal it with a water based polyurethane sealer. Viola!, The countertops came out spectacular. Concrete countertops with their richly varied finishes create a beautiful and truly unique centerpiece for any kitchen, bathroom or exterior area.
Thank you for watching our video and if you need any more information about decorative concrete projects in the Dallas and Fort Worth metroplex area, please don’t hesitate in contacting us at info at solcrete.com, 940.594.9257, or visit us at www.solcrete.com
Author Adam Skolnick visits Google Los Angeles to read from and discuss his new book “One Breath: Freediving, Death and the Quest to Shatter Human Limits”, a riveting tale of the extreme sport of freediving. He’s joined by competetive freediver and Googler Ben Weiss.
Competitive freediving—a sport built on diving as deep as possible on a single breath—tests the limits of human ability in the most hostile environment on earth. The unique and eclectic breed of individuals who compete at the highest level regularly dive hundreds of feet below the ocean’s surface, reaching such depths that their organs compress, light disappears, and one mistake could kill them.
Even among freedivers, few have ever gone as deep as Nicholas Mevoli. A handsome young American with an unmatched talent for the sport, Mevoli was among freediving’s brightest stars. He was also an extraordinary individual, a fierce competitor, and a gentle soul who rebelled against the vapid and commoditized society around him by relentlessly questing for something more meaningful and authentic, no matter the risks. So when Mevoli arrived at the world’s premier freediving competition, Vertical Blue, in 2013, it was widely expected that he would challenge records and this would be one more stop on his meteoric rise to stardom.
Instead, before the end of the competition, Nick Mevoli had died, a victim of the sport that had made him a star, and the very future of free diving was called into question.
Part Into the Wild, part The Wave, Adam Skolnick’s ONE BREATH: Freediving, Death, and the Quest to Shatter Human Limits (Crown Archetype, January 12, 2016) reveals the captivating world of daredevil freedivers addicted to the buzz that comes from tempting their own fate. Their quest is both spiritual and athletic, but the deeper these athletes go, the more obsessed they become. With each dive they’re compelled to go ever further, every new meter amplifying their familiar fix and driving them closer to their own mortality.
With unparalleled access to the sport and its stars and masterfully crafted prose, ONE BREATH tells Mevoli’s unforgettable story, and will take readers behind the scenes of the sport that shaped and, ultimately, destroyed him.
ADAM SKOLNICK has written for the New York Times, Playboy, Outside, ESPN.com, BBC.com, Salon.com, Men’s Health, Wired, and Travel + Leisure, among others. He has visited 45 countries and authored or coauthored over 25 Lonely Planet guidebooks. His coverage of Nicholas Mevoli’s death at Vertical Blue earned two APSE awards.
Book Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1jgE7nGPhpI