jammin jimmy: I am sorry you are having the problems you are. I do overlay work, and
would recommend you stay on top of any areas that become porous, as any
water penetration will change concrete chemistry, and if it freezes once
in, the pops will be more apparent. Try to find an installer of acrylic
overlay in your area or order acrylic resin, and decking for patch work on
the internet. Where you live is definitely a more aggressive winter wise
than where I reside (Phoenix, AZ.) But I do work in freeze thaw areas
(Prescott & Sedona) and have seen this problem addressed by keeping the
water OUT as best you can. It will require that you learn and stay diligent
on the application of sealer, but this will be your best assurance of
attaining the longest life of your product. I would purchase a 2500 PSI
pressure washer (minimum) and have a good coat of solvent based sealer
applied to a clean very dry warm surface prior to going into the cold snowy
season. Your home is very beautiful, I can tell you are the type of owner
that takes great pride in your home. Best of luck with your driveway, JIM
Andrew: You should have company name in title so search engines can pick it up
better. But this would seriously hurt their business when people research
Maggie Stokes: Thank you for this useful information. I imagine it has your contractor
squirming. We are building a house and are considering stamped concrete
for various outdoor areas. Your video has given us a valuable road map if,
indeed, we go in that direction.
Vincent Mckinney: concrete is guaranteed 2 things, get hard and crack, this isnt the
contractors fault, maybe the concrete company, i do concrete, this happens
when its too cold, or the concrete isnt mixed well, although had you hired
a smaller company, they would have treated you better. and checked the
concrete, i have had to send concrete back to the plant before,
Enrique Onate: you have "pop outs" only on your driveway. its has heavier traffic coming
in and out then your patio and sidewalk where ppl only walk on .
Julie Cramer: Thanks for the advice. I think I will forgo this idea.
Carmela O: You cant warranty concrete its exposed to the elements. if he had a problem
with workmanship or he didn't get a specified amount of concrete or the
proper reinforcement wasn't utilized then sure but he clearly states his
grip is with the actually concrete mix which I am confidant the contractor
clearly states isn't his fault. Those surface blisters can be remedy. I
live in philly and we see it time to time. that work looks great and I feel
bad that this guy is going to this extreme but imagine contractors going
back to jobs 4 years later to fix concrete that's been exposed to the
elements and the like. everyone would go bankrupt. moreover pavers have the
same issues. The contractor is merely an installer. notice how this guy
dose not talk about anything but the concrete that was installed 4 years
Nancy Oneill: Thank you for sharing your experience on YouTube. We just had a stamped
concrete patio poured this morning. Wish I would have viewed this a week
ago. While I don't anticipate problems, seeing this makes me think I
should. So far I am very happy with the work. And it is springtime so the
risk of freeze is low. Still the info you provide tells me to be aware of
the possibilities. Thank you.
Angus Phelps: bs
rimaggio: Incredibly well done and useful information to help others select a
concrete re-surfacing process and contractor. Thank you!
Daniel Neubert: Great video for anyone thinking about a stamped concrete driveway. I see a
lot of people posting disparaging remarks about the homeowner. If I paid
25,000 for that job I would expect a better job than what he received. Some
said he should sue the concrete company who mixed the concrete. Let me
remind you the homeowner contracted with the contractor for the whole job.
It is therefore the contractor's to make sure the concrete, sealer, base
and everything covering the complete job is what would be reasonably
expected for a quality job. When the homeowner paid 25,000 and signed a
contract the contractor takes on that responsibility. If, one said, it is
because of the salt in the area then that should have been spelled out to
the homeowner and told these problems would happen. If told that, then I
assume he would have gone a different route with the driveway. To expect
this homeowner to accept this driveway is unreasonable. He relied and
experts to do the job and someone in the chain did not fulfill their part
of the contract.
isctony: where there's blame there's a claim huh!
jadeturt: @Canuk4 Watch the video again and listen more closely. You seem to have a
very selective memory.
zaya9222: Anyone that tells you concrete won't crack or chip is lying to You!! There
are many reasons why your concrete problems happened, my guess the finisher
added to much water decreasing the strength of your concrete and used no
rebar or your subgrade was crap and not compacted. But you have to expect
some imperfections in concrete that's the beauty of it.
trevor francis: I live in england, during the freeze my concrete has been poping like pop
corn, it's a mess, the romans could lay concrete that would last up to 1750
yrs for example the pantheon dome roof in rome, nothing last now, all these
new idea's rubbish.
jewellgroove: wow, this was so well put together and very educational. thanks so much for
dariomtz08: 11- make sure the concrete is at least 3000 psi!!!
bobkal5963: the pop out are probably caused from ordinary wear and tear.. CAUSE ITS A
DRIVE WAY!!! the driveway was a higher compression load compared to the
sideways and porch area, that's why you don't have so called "defects" on
then.. but that's cool because people like you try to make others who work
their balls off look terrible and giving businesses bad names, while you
prob sit behind a desk all day and think of ways to sue to get money out of
michaelalanlee: Very thoughtful and well developed communication with this video. I share
your hope that this medium is effective in minimizing the unprofessional
and unethical behaviors of contractors. I have too often encountered
contractors who make sure the work looks good on the outside, only later to
discover the shortcuts and sloppiness behind the scenes. Great advice you
gave, get it all in writing!
Shotcrete Pumps: To me, keep this in mind, this is only an opinion on my part, this guy went
way over-board. Sounds like a deposition. From personal experience all
those pop-outs are repeated use of high pressure water. How the hell does
any one, or even a computer keep track of over the number of blemishes.
Yah, give the workers a penalty, and yah, they have sealers that are
applied immediately to aid in curing. He's got to rub you wrong, this is
way over the top, personal vendetta style. Lawsuit?
jason jureka: RKC cant warranty concrete that they didnt make nor can they warranty
possible salt eating at the sealer. With that being said i stamp all my
concrete with colored cement and colored realease so that i dont have to
worry about color sealers flaking off. However it is the home owners job to
properly care for the concrete to ensure durability. My company also offers
a maintinace plan wich only 1 out of 10 people buy. Remember we just stamp
the concrete not make its up to youto maintain it.
newjerseybt: I was preparing to have stamped concrete paths installed around my home.
Thank you VERY much for this video. I may now go with quality pavers
instead and tolerate the weeds that grow in between the blocks. Lots to
2dalooch: Any contractor could use this as a instructional video what to look for
dealing with a assh@le home owner. Steve Kennedy I comend you for that. You
people who think the contractor was over payed should relize the time and
effort this jerk put into slandering the contractor deserves twice the
money in my eyes. Been doing this type of work for 38 years and come across
alelemdage: Thank you for the information. It's unfortunate these things happen. We
appreciate you telling your story.
Paul Brady: the company should know you cant concrete in cold conditions and get a top
finish ,,anything bellow -3 to 4 you should not pour ,,zero or bellow
forget it ,,,,,,how can you get that wrong ,,,sue the concrete people dude
not the rkc people ,,,i bet you poured your drive and u probably had a
frosty or very cold day ,,ive never heard of colour being mixed in the
truck ,,gash gash gash,,,,,,,you throw the colour on and then float it in
without bringing too much water up,,,shame on you people,lol
FirstReviewer: I would like to know how the concrete was ordered? How thick is the
concrete on your sidewalk, as to your driveway. Thanks for the Video.
D Green: LOL.... I would have hated working for this d-bag. "I'm mad because I can't
get it up anymore and my head looks like a pencil!" Boo F-ing Hoo!
D Smith: You can never match concrete batches exactly, especially with color, any
contractor knows that. Also, the popping of the surface is due to poor
concrete in general, high concentrations of air in the concrete,
overworking the surface by bringing up too much moisture, and poor quality
shikotus777: $24880!!! OMG!!! U should have bought a new car! :)
Ray Thomas: It appears that Mr. Kennedy did his due diligence and hired what he
believed to be the best decorative concrete company. He trusted the company
would hire proper suppliers and laborers and do the job right. If it's not
done right it's the company's fault if problems arise during the warrantee
period and are not specifically excluded in the contract. To me, any
pop-outs or chipped sealer or color flaking or cracks over time would look
horrible. I'm going to rethink my decision on concrete.
whiteguy2369: @rotoclip not tryin to pick bones but when u live in ohio you get laid off
in the winter you only have nine months to bust ass and pour all that u can
to survive if we only poured concrete on 70 degree partly cloudy days we
would only work 10 days a year my friend
mrsypert: Yes the rock is the fault of your problem. This installer you speak of is
known for the great work around cincinnati. Do your homework and you will
see that they are one of the leaders in this field of concrete.Any company
you look at has made mistakes but no person or company can warranty
products that were made outside of there control. Keep in mind the supplier
of the concrete is the #1 supplier for all major jobs downtown including
city work they know what the guidelines are.
Brannen Parrish: The people who are saying this video is an example of slander to the
contractor are incorrect. This video is not slander, it is him presenting
the facts. If the contractor felt he was being slandered, he could sue but
the only true defense against slander is truth or facts. Also, this video
didn't have to cost $2000. You can make it at home with the right software,
like Adobe Premiere. Premiere is relatively easy to learn and a motivated
novice can learn to use it.
Pete L.: I don't believe this guy made an infomercial about this. This production
must have cost about $2000, and for what? Add to the money you already lost
on the driveway.
ReligiousZombie: Dude, think thru your argument. Should Amazon not accept returns of
defective products because they didn't actually manufacture those products?
The owner signed a contract with the contractor, not with the manufacturer.
The contractor should first fix the problem, then the contractor can sue
the supplier, if he wishes--or just start buying from a different supplier.
Good companies (like Amazon) don't point fingers when something bad
happens. They take responsibility.
kingslanddigger: He spent more money on this stupid video than he did on his
wes freeman: You don't know crap
daldridgex: salt pops ftw
speedy: wonder why this type of work costs so much and increasing all the time, its
because of pickleheads like this guy! This guy obviously didnt do enough
research or ask enough questions to make the right decisions he would be
happy with. Now hes crying like a little bitch. ha ha
stevekennedy77: Thanks for the kind comments. Am taping a second video later this month and
hope to have it posted on YouTube by the end of October. This one has even
more information on what to do and not do. Best regards, Steve
kendall6102: its sad that you have to take it out on the contractor.I pour concrete for
a living and I have pop outs some times but i make the concrete plant pay
Jason Brown: Yep freaking angry sad old soft rooster.
Joshua Bernard: @stevekennedy3 so you old ass hole why didint you sue hilltop
Joshua Bernard: You are a f&*(%$# idiot. I hate dealing with people like you. Contractors
can not control the weather. I do think the contractor did a proper job.
The problem is with the concrete but come on man all concrete weathers and
cracks. Its out doors dumb crap. Be a man and a do it your selfer. You can
put a little color release on it and reseal jack waggon. People like you
make me sick. I love it when people like you think your an expert.
Cigmachines: wow thats sad people calling him a loser, an idiot or a liberal. This man
made a well documented case and truthfull advice on how to deal with
contractors. The pop outs is the concrete mixing plants fault and if it
didnt meet the specs the contractor ordered they are liable. Then again its
also up to the contractor to test the concrete to make sure it meets the
specs they ordered. My father was a project manager for concrete and i
remember all the testing he did before accepting a load
TFS Vegeta: Concrete will crack. you drive cars over it, a rock slung from your
lawnmower, How long do you expect it to last with no marks? Its 2011 now!
You have no right trying to hurt this business! It looks very good to me!
If you can figure out how to keep air voids and cracks from coming into
concrete let me know! We can buy 10 islands each off the interest we will
make off our money! Be a big boy and quit trying to ruin these folks and
Alumni6042: I want to commend you. The contractor FU on the drive. The sidewalk is
fine. Maybe there is a difference in the weather between your drive and
iptaytiger: @iptaytiger ...and to make an edited video of yourself complaining about
it. I bet the guy that made this video for you was relieved when he was
done, and probably charged you an arm, and a leg to make it for you. How
many complaints did he get? I bet you are proud of yourself too......
ll c: why stamped concrete over real pavers? Each paver can be replaced...
cementheaded1: You missed the part where i said the only fault of the contractors is he
did not go after the supplier. Even "good companies" like Amazon have a
return policy, 30 days. This guys talking almost 2years. When you buy a tv
from say Walmart, do they offer the waranty, no the manufacturer does. If
you think that Amazon doesn't point fingers your nieve. They point it right
at the manufacturer or supplier and they take the loss. You don't know
anything about business and Amazon reeps the benefits.lol
Schools: Learn how to get phlebotomy training in California! The job pays decent money for the amount of schools needed to graduate.