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Concrete Countertops Made Simple Book and DVD Guide

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Sale Price: $26.35
Item Number: BKCN002
Concrete Countertops Made Simple offers homeowners and remodeling contractors complete how-to information to create beautiful custom concrete countertops without spending the small fortune to get similar results from stone, Corian or other expensive materials. One of the easiest things to do to increase your home's value and appeal is updating the kitchen and bath countertops.

This simple 7-step book/DVD set is all that's needed to produce a practical, personalized countertop within two weeks using basic tools and material. Fu-Tung Cheng takes the reader through the process of designing, forming, pouring, finishing, and installing a concrete countertop that will look great and survive the test of time. Explaining the process like a chef guiding you through a recipe, Cheng shows that even an amateur with the simplest tool can produce fantastic results the very first time. It's fun, it's affordable, and it's personally rewarding.

If building a concrete countertop doesn't strike you as a traditional home improvement project you may be right, but the easy, step-by-step illustrations and directions of this book, combined with clarity of the DVD, are designed to make a first attempt an immediate success. A customized concrete countertop is an attractive alternative to granite, marble, or any man-made artificial material such as Corian, Quartizite, Zodiac at a fraction of the cost.

You can make a beautiful concrete countertop to suit any home. And by taking a complicated process and making it clear and simple, best-selling author Cheng makes your job enjoyable, affordable and rewarding.

Paperback/DVD, 9 3/16 x 10 7/8 in., 112 pages, with 150 photographs and 30 drawings. Published 2008 by Taunton Press, ISBN 978-1-56158-882-4 Product #070927

Table of Contents
Introduction: Why Concrete?
  • Pros and Cons
  • Concrete Characteristics
  • The Right Stuff
  • The Ingredients
  • The Tools to Buy
  • The Tools to Rent
  • Step 1: Making a Template
  • Template Basics
  • Measuring and Cutting
  • Knockouts
  • The Pour Table
Step 2: Making the Mold
  • Measuring, Cutting, Assembling, and Reinforcing
  • Let 'Er Rip
  • Rounding It Out and Sealing the Edges
  • Instant Foam Mold
  • Making a Stronger Countertop
Step 3: The Concrete
  • Mixing and Pouring
  • The Base Mix
  • The Pour
  • Screeding and Smoothing
  • Tying Up Loose Ends

Step 4: Out of the Mold
  • Patience Rewarded
  • Removing the Sides
  • Removing Faucet Knockouts
  • Turning the Form Over
  • Now Leave It Alone
Step 5: Polish and Slurry
  • Making It Shine
  • The First Polish
  • Slurry
  • The Repolish
Step 6: Sealing
  • Protecting the Polished Surface
  • The Sealer
  • Applying the Wax
Step 7: Installation:
  • Careful and Safe Handling
  • How to Move It
  • Dry-Fit It
  • Getting Ready for the Sink
  • Using Sink Clips
Maintaining Your Countertop:
  • Some Guidelines

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