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Old 08-08-2009, 12:18 PM   #16
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That is very true! About 90% of what I do in the Army is preparation, so at least I have that going for me Thanks Bud

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Old 08-09-2009, 07:05 AM   #17
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maybe i've personally done 30 hands'on top-to-btm jobs but the results're not as difficult as 1 might imagine,,, when i 1st retired, look'd around & found my supplier,,, the dec conc o'lay industry's loaded w/everything from ' gawda'mightycrete ' to ' knockyoursocksoffcrete ' seems like every month there's more & many go tits up,,, we buy little from the apron store, btw ! now, retired again, maybe i take 2 or 3 jobs/month which i trade for greens fees & farkle for my bride, nagzilla

i'd recommend our distributor in nc but made-in-the-usa eC does have distributors in most states,,, send me an e-mail as the purpose of these forums isn't to plug anyone's products even tho i have no financial interest & wouldn't make a dime if you bought any !

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I tried to send you an email but I am not allowed to yet! I am still too new to the site I guess. I went to a couple masonry places (thanks again for the suggestion Bob) but they were all closed on saturday? So I will go later in the week. I have to admit I am thinking regular tile would be easier, but am really intrigued by the concrete. There is some truly amazing stuff out there.
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I have to agree with John (aka "itsreallyconcrete") about concrete overlays in general and Elitecrete in specific; I consider ECS one of our suppliers.

I took their training about 2 years ago and have done a few small jobs; we are fortunate enough to have a good distributor in our area (Simon at Art sur Beton) who is one of the 'good guys' out there in ECS land, like John is. I regret not pushing that area of our service range as it's a lot of fun to do. I like outdoor splatter textures myself as our this is perfect for the weather and ice we have up here...
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Wow I can't believe the responses! I was not expecting this, and just wanted to thank you guys for your time and sharing your expertise. Gave me a lot to think about and I am going to go check out these options. Thanks for making a Soldier's day!
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....Thanks for making a Soldier's day!
Thanks for Serving

I became a tool geek when I was an Army draftee 58-60. I was the only guy in our C Btry, 37th FA 2nd BN 155 SP, that had his own 1/4" Drill. It cost me 2 weeks pay to have Sears send it to me in Germany but it was the best tool I've ever owned. Our little section of four FDC draftees (all PFC's) arrived in Germany with no NCO to sign for our M59 APC (pre M113 model) that had a passel of tools that attracted RUST.

Our C Btry 1st sgt had me sign for the M59 and all the equipment with the proviso that I keep everything straight. There was no war but the biggest enemy was rust on the tools due to wet conditions on field exercises. Army issued steel wool was the only available rust remover so I ordered an all metal Craftsman 1/4" corded drill from Sears with a set of wire wheel brushes and a lambs wool polishing bonnet. Right after that he made me ED with no KP or Guard duty and then an E4.

I really liked the Army and was tempted to stay in past my two year stint. At our 40th reunion in 2000 we called our 1st sgt at home in Lawton OK. He was retired after he made sgt Major but he still remembered us, and told me our Exec made LTC in 70.

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We had three M59's in C Btry but My FDC track had a cupula so in the back we had room to stand over our plotting charts. We had lousy interior lights so we made a midnight raid over to B Btry and stole the two lamps over their bulletin board. The next day we
surreptitiously mounted them in our Track using two 24V bulbs purloined from the Bundeswehr (German Railroad)
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I absolutely loved my time in Germany! I was in friedberg (Hessen) in 2-37 Armor Battalion with the 1st Armored Division. Started out as a 13B cannon crewman on a 155 SP howitzer and ended up as a tanker/scout. Of course these days a MOS doesn't really mean all that much in counter-insurgency operations. We never figured out how to tackle the rust on the tools exposed to that wonderful german weather! Lots of time in the motor pools cleaning

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