Patching the Concrete Crack Pacific Pines

Quality Over Quantity – Crappy Little Crack

Project Description

Location: Pacific Pines, Qld
Project Size: 6sqm 🙂

If you follow along with what we’re up to, you’ll probably recognise this project from about a month ago that we completed for a lovely client over at Pacific Pines. We installed a really nice exposed aggregate in a light expose, prodominately white stone colouring and it came out great!….except for whatever reason, this corner decided to open up a little into a hairline crack the very next day.

At first I put it down to maybe the corner being a little soft for new concrete, although it didn’t appear to be when prepping. Then given the month break in between returning to rectify, the crac had not opened up nor extended through the concrete entirely just remaining a surface scale hairline crack. More annoying than anything.

Now most of the time, a crack in concrete is just unfortunate. There is nothing we do as concreters to stop concrete from cracking, we only endeavour to control the cracking. Where, how far, to what degree. On this circumstance though, with it opening up the very next day and being in a position that would be visible on a constant basis, I offered some rectifying options to our clients, because at the end of the day, we are here to provide the best quality products and service we can, and this just simply wasn’t good enough.

After advising that I was reluctant to simply cut this section of concrete out and replace it, fearing the same crack may happen again due to the gravity pull down hill at the corner, I suggested we firstly firm the corner up more with an under poured pier, then grind out the crack filling with silica sand and epoxy as we do all patching with, then of course applying a concrete resurfacer in the area to cover it all up, utilising what we were doing to create a pathway down the steps and through the area so it all made sense.

Now for me, if I’m going to go to all the trouble for this one small little damn crack, I’m going to get a little creative and do something custom over the top, not just so my client is happy, but so I also get a little satisfaction for what we have acheived…..along with the chance to show off one of our new designs we haven’t put onto the concrete canvas much as yet.

Our client’s eye was caught with our new “Stockholm Stone” design, which is our sandstone styled design in modern French Grey toning.

So this is what we came up with, not only a lovely new patio area in white stone exposed aggregate concrete, but a custom, one of a kind pathway as well that only our client and ourselves will know the true meaning of…..and I guess anyone reading this as well….so basically just her and I because I doubt these jibberish posts are worth passing the first sentence.

Thanks Leigh and Jeff, you guys are awesome and I hope we get a chance to catch up again in the future. All the best for now.

Project Photos

Patching the Concrete Crack Pacific Pines
Patching the Concrete Crack Pacific Pines
Patching the Concrete Crack Pacific Pines
Patching the Concrete Crack Pacific Pines
Patching the Concrete Crack Pacific Pines
Patching the Concrete Crack Pacific Pines
Basketball Court Concrete Resurfacing Rochedale

On The Black Top

Project Description

Location: Rochedale, Qld
Project Size: 160sqm

First job back after our break, nice one to slide into for limited stress. Pretty straight forward trowel down and spray, single colour CCS Coal with CCS Silver Birch and Graphite flecking.

Our client here is firstly fixing up a pretty messy concrete install, along with creating a new basketball court for her children. Tarmac Black Top with to-be painted white lines. Might pop up for a basket or two before I get too old to play anymore.

Thanks Tracy, see you on your next refurbish project.

Project Photos

Basketball Court Concrete Resurfacing Rochedale
Basketball Court Concrete Resurfacing Rochedale
Basketball Court Concrete Resurfacing Rochedale
Basketball Court Concrete Resurfacing Rochedale
Alec the Artist Concrete Resurfacing

It’s not always about the money

I have a simple motto in life and business, and that is I work my ass off for what I consider a fair dollar trade, for the level of my expertise provided. No more. No less. I do not try and push too hard against this status quo, as every time I have chosen money strictly over my own, mental needs and desires, it’s always bitten me on the ass somehow.

This is why I take great pride when we come across a gentleman like Alec on this project we have just completed.

After heading out to visit our 90yo friend at Labrador, he wanted us to add just a little section of concrete to the side of his driveway, then colour seal everything to make everything the same right the way through.

Following the measure up and discussing options, I glanced inside his garage and saw a wall full of paintings. Lovely, meaningful paintings and immediately saw what this man’s passion was.

There were in depth paintings of the current (at the time), bush fires that were raveging Australia. Painting of the Devil’s Marbles he had put together from memories of his visit there. Ayres Rock (Uluru of course, but his time of visit, the former rang true). I also noticed a few amazing paintings of a lovely lady, hair flowing free as she smiled directly at me. His wife I was later to find out, that had already passed before him, leaving him in the house alone with his passion, but not alone completely as other family was in reaching distance.

After a nice chat, I let him know I would be more than happy to return to complete the work, not for a dollar value for payment, but in exchange for one of his amazing paintings, so long as I wasn’t expecting too much.

At this stage I felt I had short changed the Alec. I thought maybe I am under valueing the workmanship and skill he has put into his art. But after he mentioned the same in return to me, we came to an agreement that I would return later where we could make a deal.

Finally today, after a long time trying to find the time to return, we not only got the opportunity to exchange our services for one of his lovely paintings, but we also got to sit down between final coats and have a cup of coffee and share a few memories. I’m sorry we didn’t have more time today, we’re run off our feet. But it was nice to slow down if only for a moment and be normal again.

It was an absolute pleasure to meet you Alec. It’s little times like these in our lives where the stress of the modern day, just takes a back seat and we really experience what it’s like to be a human being. We look forward to catching up again soon for a coffee.

(Also the best freaking backyard Pineapples in the business. Cheers mate)

Alec the Artist Concrete Resurfacing
Alec the Artist Concrete Resurfacing
Alec the Artist Concrete Resurfacing
Alec the Artist Concrete Resurfacing
Beach and Sand inspired concrete resurfacing Ormiston

Patio Beach Inspired Concrete Resurface Ormiston

Project Description

Location: Ormiston, Qld
Project Size: 25sqm

Little baby job just completed today up at Ormiston. We quoted and won this project off the back of one of our custom sandstone projects up there, with this client also having sandstone paving around thier pool, but wanting to tone it down a bit to not over power the pool surrounds. So we just completed their project in the same colour toning, but leaving out the swirling and blending, bring it more into a beach style lead up to the sandstone around the pool.

We’re completely burnt out at the moment and in dire need of a break. Our clients here not only showed a lot of respect and appreciating waiting on us in the first place to complete their work, but again this week with out schedule being delayed getting their project to completion.

Thank you Moore family and all the best for the coming future.

Project Photos

Beach and Sand inspired concrete resurfacing Ormiston
Beach and Sand inspired concrete resurfacing Ormiston
Beach and Sand inspired concrete resurfacing Ormiston
Beach and Sand inspired concrete resurfacing Ormiston
Sydney Kiddo

Our Cobblestone Pathway

Well paved, but trip hazards everywhere!

3 weeks with no days off. Or is it 4? 5? Who the hell knows. I do know however it’s at least over 3 months where 70+ hour weeks have just become so normal that the numb feeling above the shoulders blends into the same mundane mood the body portrays on a daily basis….limping and whinging as we stumble down the road ahead whilst telling ourselves we should be thankful for being so busy, there are plenty who aren’t.

Which of course, we are, but that isn’t to say my old body isn’t getting tired, along with the few braincells that still output some semblance of stability starting to spark failures.

Thanks to government incentives, effectively throwing money back into the general persons pockets (one could say lowering taxes *cough*), whilst cutting a little of the red tape and letting business go as hard as they can to try and limit what was seen as a devastating pandemic, turning it into a “possible” economic recovery…..from the GFC in 2008!

Yes, I said that correctly….2008. Maybe my mind is a little too analytical at the expense of common sense, but if you wish to have a further conversation on this topic, a concreter’s blog isn’t the place to do so.

Let’s just say, I’m noticing changes that “could” help re-adjust the inflation and wage disparity caused by the 2008 GFC, and bring things more in line with how the every day person lives their lives.

But I digress…

Since rebuilding after 2008 myself, I had a focus in mind for what I wanted to acheive with the business and we’re slowly making progress towards that. I have an end goal in mind, of staying small and providing quality, customised hardscape services to residential clientelle throughout South East Queensland.

My end game? Nothing but high end, decorative concrete, epoxy and overlay installations, booked steadily for 4-6 months at a time.

Whether we get there or not is one tale to tell, which we will only read about through constant and consistent hard work and dedication to our trade, projects and clients. We shall not fail this section through lack of trying hard enough.

But, in the mean time, we also need to tread carefully on the cobblestone road, because although it is paved, it is easy to stumble and slip in the joints when we’re too tired to take notice of the little things, the minor details that will cause a trip and take us backwards from our future.

After over 3 months without a break, we are now looking to take a small, 10-14 day “reset” away from work. We have clients and projects booked in until January now and we completely appreciate your bookings and your trust to have us complete your work, but, without a reset when we are exahusted, we will find ourselves (at times), tripping over the smaller details and not fully appreciating the workmanship that has gone into building the road in the first place.

We understand that some of our near future clients have been waiting patiently for us to start their projects. We also completely thank you for understanding that we need a break. If you can have just a little more patience, we promise to deliver to you a great piece of workmanship that is not only worth the wait, but that you can trust will remain that way for years to come.

We have about another week of work left before heading off (weather permitting). We will inform all of you as we make the decision and we thoroughly look forward to starting your project as soon as the brain (and body), have received a reset.

Cheers guys and chat soon.

Metallic Epoxy Garage Installation Upper Coomera

Metallic Epoxy Garage Install for A Home Gym Coomera

Project Description

Location: Upper Coomera, Qld
Project Size: 40sqm

Our client here has made the decision to switch her PT business out of the gym and bring things to her garage where she can focus more on her clients and not so much on the outside interference. The goal with this metallic epoxy install was dark theme, utilising Pewter Grey overal with over toning in Magnetic Black, Titanium Silver and small sections of Liquid Pearl. The idea was to create something cool for her clients to bust their asses on, whilst still maintaining re-sale appeal in the future if need be.

Thanks for you business guys and all the best Hayley with your new endeavours!

Project Photos

Metallic Epoxy Garage Installation Upper Coomera
Metallic Epoxy Garage Installation Upper Coomera
Metallic Epoxy Garage Installation Upper Coomera
Metallic Epoxy Garage Installation Upper Coomera
Metallic Epoxy Garage Installation Upper Coomera
Metallic Epoxy Garage Installation Upper Coomera
Metallic Epoxy Garage Installation Upper Coomera
Metallic Epoxy Garage Installation Upper Coomera
Metallic Epoxy Garage Installation Upper Coomera
Metallic Epoxy Garage Installation Upper Coomera
Metallic Epoxy Garage Installation Upper Coomera
Metallic Epoxy Garage Installation Upper Coomera
Exposed Aggregate Driveway Installation Mount Tamborine

Exposed Aggregate Driveway Installation Mount Tamborine

Project Description

Location: Mount Tamborine, Qld
Project Size: 280sqm

We’ve been out and completed a tricky exposed aggregate install for a driveway in Tamborine over the last few weeks. Quite a long install, combined with being over the back side of the mountain and concrete needing to travel over an hour to get there. A small, three meter wide access point which only allows for mini’s to pass, along with a red clay slippery entrance when it rained for a few days.

We ended up pouring over 6 days, which typically this would be poured in two sections, but the access and location had us just easing our way out.

A great result though and this driveway has added thousands of dollars value to our clients property. Such a massive improvement on the old bitumen that was falling apart.

Thanks Dhana and Sanji for your buiness, kindness and great conversations. We’ll see you again in a few weeks to get everything sealed for you.

Project Photos

Exposed Aggregate Driveway Installation Mount Tamborine
Exposed Aggregate Driveway Installation Mount Tamborine
Exposed Aggregate Driveway Installation Mount Tamborine
Exposed Aggregate Driveway Installation Mount Tamborine
Exposed Aggregate Driveway Installation Mount Tamborine
Exposed Aggregate Driveway Installation Mount Tamborine
Exposed Aggregate Driveway Installation Mount Tamborine
Exposed Aggregate Driveway Installation Mount Tamborine
Exposed Aggregate Driveway Installation Mount Tamborine
Exposed Aggregate Driveway Installation Mount Tamborine
Exposed Aggregate Driveway Installation Mount Tamborine
Exposed Aggregate Driveway Installation Mount Tamborine
Exposed Aggregate Driveway Installation Mount Tamborine
Exposed Aggregate Driveway Installation Mount Tamborine
Exposed Aggregate Driveway Installation Mount Tamborine
Exposed Aggregate Driveway Installation Mount Tamborine
Exposed Aggregate Driveway Installation Mount Tamborine
Exposed Aggregate Driveway Installation Mount Tamborine
Exposed Aggregate Driveway Installation Mount Tamborine
Exposed Aggregate Driveway Installation Mount Tamborine
Exposed Aggregate Driveway Installation Mount Tamborine
Exposed Aggregate Driveway Installation Mount Tamborine
Exposed Aggregate Driveway Installation Mount Tamborine
Exposed Aggregate Driveway Installation Mount Tamborine
Exposed Aggregate Driveway Installation Mount Tamborine
Exposed Aggregate Driveway Installation Mount Tamborine
Exposed Aggregate Driveway Installation Mount Tamborine
Exposed Aggregate Driveway Installation Mount Tamborine
Exposed Aggregate Driveway Installation Mount Tamborine
Exposed Aggregate Driveway Installation Mount Tamborine
Exposed Aggregate Driveway Installation Mount Tamborine
Exposed Aggregate Driveway Installation Mount Tamborine
Exposed Aggregate Driveway Installation Mount Tamborine
Exposed Aggregate Driveway Installation Mount Tamborine
Exposed Aggregate Driveway Installation Mount Tamborine
Exposed Aggregate Driveway Installation Mount Tamborine
My Daughter

A Price Paid

Oh! No! Another Saturday night and I ain't got nobody! - Cat Stevens

I’m sitting here on yet another “Saturday” night without you (actually Friday but I like that song), my daughter. I’m meant to be able to spend time with you on weekends at least these days. Even if just for a few days each week, at least it’s something for one of the few people in this world I actually give a fuck about. But it’s been so long since I’ve seen you, three months, feels like a lifetime……

But I understand. Covid has you worried and your mother moved so far away it’s hard…..I’ll be patient. I have no choice.

I do miss you though, with all my heart. Even just to be in the same house as each other, warmed my heart and calmed me. Not much else in this world has let me be at ease, but having you close by, has always made me feel full, complete.

Unbalanced

After I found out my girlfriend was pregnant, I was completely shocked to say the least. I mean, I know very well what unprotected sex leads to, I’m not a complete fool…..but when it happens at the dumbshit age of 23, it comes as quite an eye opener. I’m fresh back from Warranbool playing in the Hamptons League in Western Victoria following my 3rd knee injury, met the girl of my dreams (at the time) and one thing leads to another…..

I guess this kicked me into gear a little bit. I come from a family that swings to the right and is business orientated to the small to medium degree, so I guess I just followed my path laid out before me by my role models as I assumed everything should happen.

“Mother holds the child, Father holds the family”.

Fuck me! How much is that proverb completely out of fashion and almost sounds like rythmic swearing in the modern age?

Either way, this is the only path that I saw before me. I would put everything into my new business while my partner held our child.

But given the modern age, equality between sexes, political correctness and all that new age jibberish that a bush kid struggles to understand…….that old age adage just does not ring true anymore.

I spent four years at this stage, working like a dog. 70+hrs a week. Running a crew as all good dads should. Pushing. Striving. Defiant. Only to run into a dead end and be bitch slapped by the GFC. Fuck you bankers, you very well knew what you were doing. Shame on you.

Unpaid invoices. Insolvency. No money left after paying my men. Payment plans to no evail. Broke…..

But worse than all that? I lost you. My young, new family was broken. Your mother and I, we’re adults and we’ll manage. But your little face shadowing my every step in that amazing little fairy costume…..just brought me to tears.

Finding Balance

After all the smoke cleared and the bankruptcy took place. Your mother and I split with an arrangement for a 50/50 split on what we would provide you. Not just money, but time, effort and everything else involved….we BOTH, wanted the best for you in a bad situation.

I said at this stage I would never put working 70+hrs  a week ahead of spending time with my daughter again. My one and only daughter. My light in this dark sub-conscience state of mind where nothing else shines so brightly. I spend the next 3 years of my mandatory bankruptcy dedicating myself to giving myself to my daughter, as much as I could, while learning again, how to be a father.

Not long after this, your mother wanted to move away. She had found someone else and sought an opportunity away from the horrific Gold Coast that had tainted so much of our family in the past. But I refused. I refused to let you go. I refused to let you move away from a dad who was trying his hardest to be a “good” dad. I’d tell myself mothers don’t pull thier child away from thier father if the father wants to be there, trying to be good and do the right thing.

With my definance, that I’ve always had, I held on tight to you for a few years. Your mother moved away. I sacrificed business to make sure my dauthter did not get second place again. But alas. Puberty comes, you miss your mother and need more support from a closer aspect than your red neck, bush kid father can provide…..so I made the decision to let you go. To move with your mother down south and for me, to be become the weekend component in your life.

Roller Coaster

I return to the first section of this blog. “Oh no another Saturday night!”

After this stupid fucking Covid19, media shit storm hit…..you my daugher, the direct descendant of complete hatred of the modern, conglomerate system, has decided it’s better to listen to the media blackmail, sit tight and do exactly as this government tells you to do, only to not see your father for over three months now.

I sit here on one side of the fence, working my butt off making hay while the sun shines, back into that 70+hrs a week for lack of a better choice. Yet I find myself completely confused again internally with what balance I’ve been trying to find for the past 13-14 years, between family and work.

I hope through all this, it’s the little things that you’re able to appreciate if you get a chance to read dad’s fumblings. The little contextual components to writing, where you can see through the bullshit and take note of the simplest things, like I did my best to put family before work in every pretext of my life, as at the time, I understood throughout several generational changes in our life time.

Although I love my work and I’m so proud of how far this ugly bush kid has come in life….

It’s still you sweetheart. Until my dieing breath. You are my breath.

I love you.

Flake Epoxy Floor Installation Molendinar

Industrial Flake Floor Molendinar

Project Description

Location: Molendinar, Qld
Project Size: 80sqm

Putting in some hours over the weekend to keep this business in Molendinar with no down time, we installed a flake floor throughout in the new flake “Carbon Stone”, which is designed to appear more natural than the typical flake installations.

The floor previous had carpet, so the glue was all ground back to bare concrete, cracks patched and the epoxy / top coat installed all ready for work again this week.

Project Photos

Flake Epoxy Floor Installation Molendinar
Flake Epoxy Floor Installation Molendinar
Flake Epoxy Floor Installation Molendinar
Flake Epoxy Floor Installation Molendinar
Flake Epoxy Floor Installation Molendinar
Flake Epoxy Floor Installation Molendinar
Flake Epoxy Floor Installation Molendinar
Flake Epoxy Floor Installation Molendinar
Flake Epoxy Floor Installation Molendinar
Humble Pie Exapnding Thank you

To Avoid the Inevitable – A Failure

First World Problems

Just to start this post off, for those who don’t know me, a little back ground.

I’m just a kid from the bush, jam full of ADHD to the point where education was as likely as Elvis entering a body building competition.

I’ve read a grand total of 4 books in my entire life.

1: The White Spider – Heinricch Harrer
2: Gates of Fire – Steven Pressfield
3: We Were Soldiers Once, and Young – Harold Moore and Joseph Galloway
4: Chicken Hawk – Robert Mason

Don’t ask me why these books drew my attention long enough to finish them. Maybe the sense of adventure through a world where society said it shouldn’t…..couldn’t happen. Absolute defiance just because the social norms said…….”you can’t”, fuck you!.

A single page can literally take me 20 minutes to read by the time I lose focus and have to restart it. But writing…for some reason, albeit with grammatical and spelling errors comfounded, have always come naturally and I enjoy telling a few tales for those interested enough to lend an ear.

I hate conformity. Whether it’s to do with my social limitations or my learning difficulties, I just hate it. Try and put me in a box, I’ll rip that damn thing apart and come out banging my chest like fucking the rock ape I am.

At one time though, I did follow that road. With youth, naivety and lack of a better role model, I started out my business following the corporate mentality to business SUCCESS!!!!! Pffft. What a fucking joke…..Take your corporate carrot and stick it up your ass.

2008. GFC. Nearly 100K in debt through builders and debt contracts following the yellow brick road….bankruptcy hit. What a drag. 3 years it took me to stabalise somewhat from that garbage. Just a young guy from the sticks trying to make it big in the city…..only to be slapped back to earth by the smarties working the system more effectively. Lesson learned. Never again.

After stablising, rebuilding, slowly. I have brought the business through a more secure growing phase, over several years.

I threw away the builders, developers and middle men and made myself that direct person that the residential industry can contact for all their concrete, decorative concrete, resurfacing and epoxy services, backed up now by a solid history of experience, through blood sweat and tears…..literally.

Servicing the Gold Coast only firstly. Booked 4 weeks sporadic. Then 4 weeks doubled up. Then 8 weeks sporadic. 8 weeks doubled up. 3 months sporodic before I started to branch out farther into the southern and eastern Brisbane regions. The same time frame before facing what we do now.

I have worked my absolute ass off not to expand the business in personel. To keep things “family friendly” so to speak. The contractor pricing your work, is the contractor completing your work. No sub-contracting, just straight up old fashioned service with a focus on quality and service. Now the problem presents of keeping the same philosophy, whilst being forced into a corner, having to punch our way out….

But there is a simple lesson I’ve learned. With the right mentality of the harder you work, the more you succeed, it is inevitable that we reach the point that my wife and I reached today….

The point where we put our hands up, surrender….and expand.

It’s just too much. 70+ hours a week, week after week after month……We’re tired and need someone to back us up. My lovely wife Camilla jumped on board about a year ago now to back me up and man, hasn’t she done a wonderful job…albeit to only make us busier and force us quicker into this position, devil’s advocate…..but a good devil to boot. I met her while she was working elsewhere with a very similar line…..it worked in a young, innocent enthusiasm at the time.

“A good woman will make you, a bad will break you”. how true can an old adage ring true”. Love you Sugar Tits.

As of today, the 15th of May 2020, we are facing down a work schedule on average 2 medium sized projects per week, until the start to mid of October 2020. Roughly 5 months booked ahead with double bookings each week.

I won’t lie, I’m comforbital with my masculinity…but I cried a little today. Cried because I haven’t a day off for fucking months and I’m exhausted. I cried because I’m so godamn proud an uneducated bush kid can actually get along in this world by sheer determination and hard work. So humble and proud of ourselves. Cheers to whomever is seeing us stand up to the “norm” and provide something a little different, at the risk of being different. Quality above quantity. End of story.

Facing the inevitable, we are now looking to “lightly” expand. A long term collegue and friend of mine is looking for other avenues in life. We have been working together for over a decade in the industry and friends for much longer.

At least this method of expanding, is still keeping the moral values of our business in tune. At least this way, we still stay that family friendly, old fashioned service without sending out sub-contractors to fuck things up and create more problems, than solutions.

Down to earth, professional, one on one service for your concrete and flooring needs throughout South East Queensland.

We will now be collapsing our 5 month schedule into a more compact schedule so as to keep clients from having to wait so long for our services and subsequently happier overall….

The next step? We’ll cross that bridge as we get to it.

For now, thank you to all our past, present and awaiting customers. I am so damn proud every time I hear you call up and accept our quotation proposal, leave a nice review or just generally work on your project while sharing a coffee and conversation.

I have met the best people of my life through work and business. I’m so grateful to you all.

Thank you all for my reasonable level of success to date, I wish you all the very best for your future goals you’re working so hard to acheive. Don’t let the goverment, society norms or other dictate how you lead your life.

Be free. Pave your own path. It’s worth effort.