Pouring concrete in cold weather? Need a mix to do a huge project such as a parking garage, or maybe a foundation for a multi-family building that spans an entire city block? Before you even get your concrete tools and equipment on the worksite, you’ve planned how much concrete you’ll need for the job. However, what's in your mix matters, too.
Even with Daylight Savings Time, it’s often still dark out when arriving at the worksite in the morning. By the time you’re done hosing off your concrete equipment at the end of the day, it's dark again already, particularly at this time of year. If you’re working a civil transportation project, you’re likely working at night. If you’re looking for the perfect companion generator to run hand-held concrete power tools and task lights, check out the CAT RP3600 generator.
As the U.S. faces critical infrastructure repair and rebuild demands, everyone is counting on the concrete industry’s ability to execute on thousands of major projects. Once viewed as only the strong guy that holds together sky-high skyscrapers, or the surface underneath your tires, or the massive structure storing and securing your water, concrete is redefining itself…again.
Historically, the numbers of women in architecture and construction careers have been low. Stereotypes, traditional gender roles, educational boundaries, and salary inequities are some of the factors preventing women from pursuing careers that have traditionally been reserved for men. This model appears to be changing, as more women are now working as engineers or architects.
The concrete industry is all over the news these days. Its efforts to reduce and minimize its carbon footprint are groundbreaking, and offer new possibilities for fighting climate change. Concrete is also expanding into new and interesting niche markets. Most importantly, concrete will have a center-stage role in repairing and replacing U.S. dams, bridges, airports, and other essential components of our country’s infrastructure.
Concrete is the most commonly used construction material on the planet. Commercial and residential structures, buildings, bridges, sidewalks, and freeway barrier walls are made with concrete. There will always be an immense demand for it – to make our buildings strong, our homes safe, our roads reliable.
After the Great Recession of 2008 and 2009, the U.S. construction industry lost up to 600,000 jobs. With no prospects to return to, most skilled workers left and haven’t come back. Experts predict that by the end of 2019, the workforce will have grown at a rate of only .5 percent annually. This very serious labor shortage shows no sign of letting up any time soon.
The value of top of the line tools can’t be understated for any project. Daily, weekly and monthly maintenance can extend the life of your power tools and improve the quality of your project.
Concrete is a versatile material with a wide and growing number of uses; the possibilities for homeowners, contractors and businesses are endless. While previously concrete was used just for sidewalks and driveways and walls, the newest innovation is concrete used as furniture—benches, planters, fire pits and more.