Thursday, September 29, 2016

TrowelPave Concrete | City Sidewalk Repair

In this video short, we showcase yet another common problem to fix with TrowelPave. If you've ever walked a tree-lined city sidewalk then you've undoubtedly noticed some cracks and lifted concrete. The damaged areas are usually painted to alert the hazard, and there's a reason they don't get fixed properly.

That reason? There isn't a good fix! Until now. TrowelPave Concrete is a kit that contains a specialty blend of aggregates and a liquid binding agent. Once mixed together in a wheelbarrow or paddle mixer, the blended material trowels easily into place over uneven and jagged areas. Compacting can be done by hand with a trowel in tight spaces, or a hand tamper in larger areas.

In this situation, a panel of city sidewalk had been lifted approximately 2" - 3" by roots from a nearby Redwood tree. Fixing a problem like this with concrete is expensive and labor intense. It would require jack-hammering the section out; re-forming for a fresh pour; pouring and finishing new concrete; and allowing to cure for several days before foot traffic is allowed.

With TrowelPave Concrete, we were able to fix the area in approximately 20 minutes, and open it to foot traffic within the hour. We used (1) 40-pound TrowelPave bucket kit to build a free-form ramp that spans nearly 5' in width, 3" in height, and 10" in depth.

The newly formed ramp looks natural because of its similar color adjoining the two concrete sections. The tripping hazard is gone now and the area is safe for foot and bicycle traffic.

Monday, September 26, 2016

SharkSeal Penetrating Concrete Sealer

SharkSeal™ is a water and oil repellant penetrating sealer with color enhancing properties based on a blend of complex resins including nano-enhanced fluoropolymers. It penetrates deep into porous surfaces such as interior or exterior concrete, stone and pavers, yet is compatible as an enhancing sealer over NewLook color stains. Easily clean surfaces with SharkSeal™ as it repels dirt, dust and resists stains from most common spills including dirty auto fluids, beverages and many other fluids. SharkSeal has low VOC’s and will not blush or yellow. Prolongs the life of concrete affected by winter freeze-thaw cycle and salt intrusion. SharkSeal™ is breathable, dries quickly, with strong abrasion and chemical resistance, and good hot/wet tire pickup resistance. It also enhances the color of the substrate when it is applied in two wet-on-wet coats.

Features & Benefits
- Indoor & Outdoor Use
- Low VOC
- Repels water
- Repels oil
- Repels dirt
- Reduces freeze/thaw damage
- Use on concrete, pavers & stone
- Water, oil & stain repellant
- Works over water-based or acid stains
- Non-yellowing or blushing
- Good hot/wet tire pickup resistance
- Breathable, dries quickly, with strong abrasion and chemical resistance

Friday, September 23, 2016

5 Fall Home Decor DIY Projects

Time for 5 Fall Home Decor DIY Projects! Living in California, I miss the Fall season and feeling chilly. To bring the Holiday cheers into my household, I came up with some simple and creative ways you can decorate your home with 5 different room decor DIY projects. If you are looking for new ideas to decorate your home this Fall time, try out these 5 easy and creative projects you and your family can make together.

DIY 1: Pumpkin Planters
Craft Moss
Pot pf Flower or Succulent
A foam pumpkin

DIY 2: Marble Pumpkin Painting
White, black paint
Narrow brush head

DIY 3: Abstract Golden Wall Art
Canvas - size of choice
Acrylic Paint

DIY 4: Feather Banner
White feathers
Gold paint

DIY 5: Faux Fire Place
Large Lanterns - I bought mine from Joann's
Candles - found the large ones from Home Goods

Saturday, September 17, 2016

TrowelPave Product Demo | Blacktop Asphalt Pavement Repair

TrowelPave is a free-form leveling compound for asphalt pavement and concrete repairs. The patented installation technology is commonly used for potholes, cracks, jagged edges, and ADA compliancy repairs. TrowelPave is a DIY and Contractor repair kit available in two handy sizes, 20 or 40 pound reusable buckets. The environmentally safe mix trowels into place by hand and smooths over jagged surfaces forging a bond strong enough for heavy equipment traffic.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Courtyard Garden - Designing Courtyard Gardens

Courtyard gardens and garden design. This Mediterranean landscaping project video is the first in a series covering an extensive landscape and garden design from start to finish.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Silverstone 3/4" Crushed Decorative Rock at Dixon Landscape Materials

This is Silverstone 3/4" crushed decorative rock and it has become very popular. We think it is so popular because of the beautiful colors with blue, green, gray, streaks of white. It looks good wet or dry and is easy to install.

Call Dixon Landscape Materials at 707-678-8200, and visit their website at

Friday, September 2, 2016

How to Build a Pondless Waterfall

Shopping List for How to Build a Pondless Waterfall:
- Pondless waterfall kit that includes pump, liner, and pipe-
- Closed-cell black spray foam
- Boulders
- River rocks
- Mulch

Tools for How to Build a Pondless Waterfall:
- Shovels
- Utility knife

Steps for How to Build a Pondless Waterfall:
1. Dig a large area for the plastic blocks, and include a deeper area for the pump vault.
2. Square up the sides of the basin and level off the bottom.
3. Lay down landscape fabric as a first layer.
4. Lay down waterproof rubber membrane.
5. Place plastic boxes and pump vault in basin and reservoir to serve as a base.
6. Fill in the remaining spaces with some river rocks.
7. Place pump in basin and connect pipe to spillway.
8. Place boulders in area to form the waterfall.
9. Fill voids between boulders with black expanding foam that will direct water so that it’s visible over the stone.
10. Fill the rest of the bed with river rocks.
11. Trim off excess liner around the edges with a utility knife and fold the liner onto itself to create a slight dam.
12. Plant in landscaping and cover area with mulch.