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Nebraska Career Education Conference

 

As part of the Nebraska Career Education Conference, Kearney Crete and Block teamed up with Nebraska Masonry Alliance to provide a masonry workshop to shop and tech teachers. The workshop allowed teachers the opportunity to learn and work side-by-side with experienced masons. Participants learned about the basics of masonry, including mixing mortar and the lay-up of block and brick walls. Special shout out to K&K Masonry – Omaha NE, Anderson Chester & Sons Inc, and GH Construction LLC for assisting with the workshop!

Building A Beautiful Home With KCB On NTV’s Good Life

Christy Fitzgerald walked viewers through a variety of products offered by Kearney Crete & Block on today’s segment of NTV’s Good Life.  Beyond the extensive product lines of retaining wall block, pavers, brick and stone, viewers got a glimpse of how details can turn a house into a dream home.

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2018 SkillsUSA Nebraska Leadership and Skill Conference

Kearney Crete & Block helps with SkillsUSA Competition

More than 1,500 of Nebraska’s brightest young minds participated in the SkillsUSA Nebraska Conference at the Heartland Events Center-Fonner Park complex. High school students competed in more than 100 areas of career and technical education including a masonry division that was helped in part by Kearney Crete & Block and Christensen Concrete Products Company.

Judges in the masonry division were Grant Olson of Kearney Crete & Block, Jim Johnson of Summit Masonry, and Dustin Hasselmann of GH Construction. Scot Krosschell (Kearney Crete & Block), Bob Landers (Christensen Concrete Products), Jason Veggeberg (Christensen Concrete Products), McHale Armstrong (Kearney Crete & Block), David Alvarado (Kearney Crete & Block), and Eddie Cervantes (Kearney Crete & Block) handled the set up and tear down of the event and also helped with mixing the mortar to keep the students supplied with material throughout the competition. Christy Fizgerald (Kearney Crete & Block) attended the event as a representative of the Nebraska Masonry Association.

The 2018 competition doubled the number of students competing in the masonry competition compared to 2017.

Winners:
High School Division: Sachi Baeta, The Career Academy- Lincoln Southwest High School
College Division: Evan Horak, UNL

Area Hardscapers Attend Belgard U

A contingent of local hardscape contractors from the Kearney, Grand Island and Hastings area made the trip to Omaha on March 21, 2018 to attend the annual Belgard U event.

As the industry’s latest tools and techniques continue to advance, Belgard strives to help hardscape contractors evolve to meet the challenges of an increasingly competitive marketplace through the use of Belgard University. These one and two day events scheduled at various locations in the country help contractors build skills, build their networks, build their businesses, and ultimately, build their futures.

The event annually attracts contractors from all over Nebraska as well as parts of Iowa and Kansas. Nearly 150 contractors attended the event including Fairview Landscaping, Tilly’s Landscaping, Central Nebraska Sod, and Midwest Landscaping from Grand Island, and Prairie View Landscaping from Kearney.  Jason Veggeberg was also in attendance to represent Christensen Concrete Products.

Belgard U is known for providing the most innovative and hands-on training programs in the country. Vendors at the event included Dremer Sportsweat, Papio Valley Nursery, Belgard, Pavetech, NMC CAT & Rental Services and Earthworks. Speakers and breakout sessions for the event included Chris Callahan from Techniseal, Chris Ebbesen from Anchor Wall Systems, Mike Haumersen and Mike Miles of Belgard, Jay Davis of Omaha, and Heath Vanover from OSHA. The spotlight speaker for the event was Steve Bergeron of Omaha discussing ‘Communicating with Confidence’.

 

Tips for Planning a Pool Installation

Don’t let the frigid temperatures across the country fool you! If you’re planning to install a pool and want it to be ready in time for that first day of swimming season, it’s time to start the planning process. Planning and installing a pool can take a considerable amount of time, and there are a lot of different aspects to consider. Here are a few tips to get you started.

DO YOUR HOMEWORK

Do some research on the different types of pools and the pros and cons of each. Keep in mind that the specific pros and can often depend upon your location and the local environment. In-ground pools can be made with different materials including fiberglass, concrete (gunite) and vinyl. There are also different types of filtration and cleaning systems. It helps if you’ve done a little research before you start talking to contractors, so you can speak the same language and make a more informed decision.

TALK IT UP

Put the word out with friends and family that you are planning to install a pool and are looking for advice. Anyone who has ever owned a pool will help you navigate the waters in ways you would never have expected. Learn from the mistakes of others and pay particular attention to sentences that begin with, “I wish I had thought to….”

GET INSPIRED

Browse through inspirational photos of pools to get ideas on shapes, colors, trim accessories, pool deck materials and various other design elements. Keep in mind that although standard concrete decking may be a more economical option in terms of the initial construction costs, it may not be the most economical choice in the long run. Concrete slabs will crack as they settle, and concrete coatings will crack and chip off over time. Pavers, however, will last the life of your pool.

GET MULTIPLE QUOTES & REFERENCES

A good rule of thumb is to get three quotes from contractors who come highly recommended. Check out their references and ask if you can see photos and possibly visit the sites of pools they have built. Don’t be afraid to talk to their former clients and ask tough questions, like “What were the best and worst things about working with this contractor?” Also, realize that it’s not always the wisest to go with the lowest quote. Sometimes, you do indeed get what you pay for. That fact will likely become evident once you start checking references.

PRIORITIZE YOUR “MUST HAVES”

After the initial design is planned and quoted, you’ll more than likely think of new elements you want to add on to the plan, so factor about 5-10% of contingency into your budget. Upgrades will add up quickly, so prioritize in terms of what you will get the most use out of, what you will most regret not doing, and what is harder to change or add at a later date.

Source: Belgard

The Best of 2017: Residential Hardscape Design Winners

At the 2017 Hardscape North America tradeshow held in Louisville, Kentucky, the U.S. and Canada hardscape industry judged residential and commercial hardscape designs from across North America for the 2017 HNA Awards. These awards are the industry’s top honors for contractors designing and installing projects using concrete pavers, segmental retaining walls, clay brick, porcelain, and combinations of these hardscapes. Belgard was pleased to have products showcased in 12 of the honored designs, placing in 10 of the 16 categories. Homeowners planning an outdoor living makeover in 2018 can pull inspiration from the award-winning and innovative designs from these residential categories.

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Source:  Belgard

Pavers: Maintenance & Care

Weather every storm.

Mother Nature can be cruel. Luckily, by choosing Belgard for your hardscape projects, you’ve already taken measures to increase resistance against weathering and corrosion. Still, seasonal hardscape paver maintenance is encouraged to preserve the beauty and integrity of your installation. Below you’ll find some Belgard tips on how to clean and protect patio pavers.

CLEANING PATIO PAVERS

  1. Clean your pavers each Spring with a coarse-bristle “stable” broom and a paver cleaner to keep them looking like new.
  2. Some weeds, if left unaddressed, can shift pavers apart over time. Be sure to periodically apply a granular weed preventative between joints as a part of your paver maintenance routine.
  3. Be careful when cleaning your Belgard pavers with power washers as they can expose the aggregate on the paver’s surface.

HOW TO CLEAN DRIVEWAY PAVERS

  1. Before applying any paver cleaning solution to your hardscape, test a small inconspicuous area first to be sure you get the desired results.
  2. Be sure to read and follow the directions printed on container labels for cleaning solution use, application, precautions and first aid. Always rinse the solution off thoroughly after use.
  3. In the event of an oil spill, act to remove it promptly with granular oil absorbent. Spills should be soaked up, not rubbed. Rubbing will drive the stain deeper into the concrete.

HOW TO PROTECT & MAINTAIN PAVERS

  1. De-icing substances, when used in proper amounts, will not damage good-quality concrete. However, they may accelerate surface wear on some paver styles. Use them in moderation.
  2. The joints between paving stones are the most vulnerable areas of any installation. Keep these joints topped off with jointing sand to prevent the sand-bedding layer below from deteriorating, causing the pavers to shift.

HOW TO MAINTAIN PAVER COLOR

  1. Sealers can be applied to pavers to protect their surface and maintain their color. Sealers should not be applied more than once in three years, to a maximum of two applications. Too many applications will create a film on the surface, which may discolor in sunlight.
  2. Annual washing using a paver cleaner is also important for paver color maintenance and to keep the pavers looking like new.

HOW TO RESTORE COLOR TO PAVERS

  1. Wash pavers using a concrete paver cleaner.
  2. Allow pavers to dry.
  3. Seal pavers using a paver sealer.

Source:  Belgard

35th Annual Kearney Homes & Builders Show

See the latest trends in home building and home furnishings at the 35th Annual Kearney Homes and Builders Show, January 12th, 13th, and 14th. Leading home Builders, Home Improvement businesses and decorators will be sharing great ideas at the Buffalo County Expo Center.

  • Friday, January 12, 2018 from 1pm – 7pm
  • Saturday, January 13, 2018 from 10am – 7pm
  • Sunday, January 14, 2018 from 11am – 5pm

Kearney Area Builders Association
http://buildkearney.com/homeshow-attendee-information/

KCB Participates in Safety Event

Kearney Crete & Block Safety Event

On Saturday, September 30, Kearney Crete and Block participated in the Hilltop Mall and Old Navy’s Super Safety Event. Kids were invited to meet local heroes and participate in fun safety activities. Kearney Crete and Block set up a sand box using Anchor diamond block for the kids to play in. Melissa Tryon of Kearney Crete & Block was on hand to answer questions and hand out safety sheets and colored pencils.

Product Spotlight – Breeo Smokeless Fire Pits

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Breeo Fire Pits are the perfect fit for the person that doesn’t want to spend a small fortune on a gas fire pit but doesn’t want to deal with the heavy smoke of a wood burning fire pit. Breeo Smokeless fire pits come in four different types that will fill everyone’s needs.

The Breeo Fire Pits are a smokeless solution. Smokeless means a huge reduction of the smoke put off by burning wood. Smoke will be seen when you first lite your fire pit but once the temperature of the fire increases you’ll enjoy a smokeless fire pit experience that allows people to sit all around the fire pit to converse and roast a few marshmallows.