Concrete is composed of cement, aggregate (including crushed rock and sand) and water. In homes, it's frequently seen in the foundation, driveway, sidewalk, patio, and stone walls. Note that bricks use mortar in the joints, not concrete.

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Can you lay hardwood on concrete floor using mortar and grout?

Is it possible to lay wood planks on tile mortar and grout in between with 1/8" gaps, like you would tile. I have a concrete slab sub floor that is all above ground level. I live in North Central ...
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How can I remove or level grooves in thinset mortar from a concrete slab?

I'm redoing my bonus room, it's close to 300 sq ft and the floor is all concrete. Most of the room had carpet which came off easy but about 130 sq ft had ceramic tile that left a lot of thinset ...
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Can I use a 4x4 concrete post holder to install a gate?

I would like to install a 10' gate across my driveway to keep my 16 month old from running his tiny butt into traffic. The gate I intend to purchase is this one, with some PVC lattice to prevent climb-...
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Are pour-your-own concrete tiles safe for use as fireplace cladding?

The fireplace in our new house is unadorned and I'd like to use concrete wall tiles for the cladding. I am interested in the idea of pouring my own tiles (like this) and I'm wondering whether DIY ...
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Removing or leveling an old iron pipe embedded in concrete patio

I have an old concrete patio in the back of my house. This patio has until recently been covered by a small deck, but for several reasons I've decided to replace the deck with synthetic outdoor ...
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How should I fix a railing to a suspended concrete slab

I am building a suspended terrace as per the image below The terrace is 1.5 metres deep, and has two long sides of around 9m and 4.5 metres. At A, B, C, and D are concrete foundation piers We ...
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Screws for mounting exercise rings on concrete ceiling

I want to have a pair of still rings for training purposes in my room. To be more specific I want a pair of adjustable and storable still rings and for that, I need two screws in my concrete ceiling. ...
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What type of substrate should I use to install pavers over an existing poured slab patio

I'm going to be putting pavers over an old slab patio. The current patio has settled and spalled, so I'm looking to pitch the paver patio in such a way that it drains as the original slabs did. In ...
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Is 50mm deep bedding sufficient to hold a 150x50mm kerb?

This is a fairly good link about bedding and haunching edging. http://www.pavingexpert.com/edging3.htm However it fails to indicate the minimum needed bed or sub-base depth? I have included a ...
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What's the best way to waterproof a concrete structure for a tropical climate?

I am constructing a building from reinforced concrete and AAC blocks in Indonesia. The building will have a flat (2% sloping) roof of reinforced concrete. This will be exposed to tropical rain, as ...
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What type of bedding mortar/concrete for driveway entrance

I am currently updating to a new gravel driveway for our house, and all the kerb edgings are now in. I need to add 2 rows of small square edging stones at the drive entrance. As these will be ...
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Basement concrete in need of repair

What would be the correct way to level a basement floor that is this much uneven, so that I could build a sublfoor consisting of delta-fl and plywood ? Thank you for any help !
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Surface Water Drain Solution Between House and Retaining Wall

My house is a old colonial cape built in the 1800s that has had additions built over the years. The original house was built into a rocky hillside with a very shallow pier and beam foundation. The ...
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What are the steps or phases to prepare a basement for finishing?

I've got a small house with an old finished basement, and want to refinish it. I've removed most of what's there (carpet, panel walls, old ceiling tiles, floor tile, etc) and am at a point where I ...
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Insulating Concrete Forms

Has anyone had bad experiences with using insulating concrete forms, either during construction or, once built, seeing moisture/mildew or having termite problems?
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What kind of paint and texture is this? And how do you patch this area?

What kind of paint and texture is this? And how do you patch this area?
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Joists \ sleepers for decking over concrete patio

I'll be getting a 10x12 concrete patio attached to the back of my new house - not my first choice, but that's what it is. I wanna put Trex or some other composite decking over the concrete patio - I'...
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Removing the concrete from the top off a concrete column

I have a number of 12" square concrete piers reinforced with 10 * 16mm rebars. The rebar extends to around 4m tall, while the concrete has been poured to a height of 3.3 metres. This an error because ...
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How to deal with soil erosion under slab floor of garage?

There is a small crack extending 10 feet down the center of the slab floor of my garage. The floor sounds hollow when I hit it with a 2x4. Also, there is a 4" water drain and I can feel air when I ...
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Can a slab under load be concrete jacked or otherwise supported without taking down the wall?

I have an issue with soil erosion below the front corner of my garage floor which has caused a crack to form and a piece of the slab (~4sq.ft) to sink. This in turn is affecting the portion of the ...
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What Cement Based Product Is Used for Smoothly Finished Floors?

I recently replaced a floor drain in my basement around which I had dug out the concrete, gravel and clay soil. When I sealed it back in, I laid down a bed of gravel and sand, and then used a ...
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Foundation for structure on bedrock

We have the mixed blessing of a giant swath of exposed Canadian Shield on our property in Ontario. Literally a big flat area of exposed rock, no soil whatsoever. Scale is hard to see, but a ...
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What product can I use to level an uneven garage floor?

I have an uneven garage floor that goes up to 1 inch deep from high to low level spots. I want to make the garage even. I was thinking of a self-leveling compound (watery). Which brand or type should ...
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Drywall skim coat over painted CMU?

I have a small section of wall (50sf) where the stairwell goes into the basement that is CMU (concrete masonry unit or concrete block) painted with at least an egg shell, possibly even semi-gloss. ...
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How to drill to insert rebar into a large rock (5mx5mx5m)

I am pouring a reinforced concrete beam. It contains rebar. I would like to insert the rebar (horizontally) into this rock: What kind of drill and drill bit and to what depth should I drill to ...
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Resurface exposed aggregate concrete patio

Is it possible to resurface an exposed aggregate concrete patio? My current patio surface is about 20 years old, and the aggregate has deteriorated a bit and is pretty ugly looking and painful to walk ...
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Concrete “post footings” for concrete patio floor?

The typical way of doing a concrete patio floor is to excavate soil at least 9", pour & compact gravel, then pour concrete. I was wondering, what will happen if: Excavate post holes, past the ...
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Best way to support carport posts

I'm wondering if I can reinforce the posts in my carport as it seems one good earthquake could throw these off. Any thoughts on building a form out of wood and pouring concrete around and half-way up ...
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What's the best ratio for sand-only concrete?

I'm making concrete countertops, so sand-only is the way to go to reduce voids in the forms. (I've done a half dozen samples). I've looked everywhere for mix ratios, but it's a weird request, and I ...
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Can I sink existing concrete?

We got a house where it has a one foot strip of concrete that is 20 feet long besides a patio that is in good condition. On this 1'x20' strip there are two spots where the concrete has risen about ...
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Should I leave gap between my house's slab and a new one I'm laying outside in the garden?

I'm planning an outdoor kitchen. This will be a simple brick sided bench about 3 metres long and maybe 800 mm deep. I'm going to build it on a slab to support the weight and ensure a level surface. ...
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Need advice on deck posts that will have concrete poured around them

I have a raised deck, attached to the side of my house on one side and held up by three posts on the other. Under each post is a small cement pad and the posts bracketed to those with a buffer piece ...
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What type of beam should be used over a split arch doorway?

I am building a building in Indonesia. It's using RC-frame construction. My builders don't have much expertise, nor do I. The basis for my building is three reinforced concrete pillars, 30cm * 30cm, ...
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How should I prepare the site for a concrete step?

just bought a house where we've got an existing concrete slab porch that is 12" above the adjoining sidewalk and it does not have a step. We want to add in a large 6" tall x 3' wide x 11' long slab ...
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Are smaller or larger pavers better for covering a concrete patio?

I have a large ( 16' x 16' ) thick slab concrete patio that is pouted in 8 x 8 blocks. it has significant spalling and some settling. The concrete is 6" thick and situation in such a way that tearing ...
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Are hairline cracks in basement concrete floor a problem - no water coming in

I notice quite a few hairline crack in my basement concrete floor. I've lived here for 14 years and no water has come up through the cracks. The townhouse was built in 1999 (so it is not a new pour). ...
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laying a new bathroom sub-floor on to sand bed

The floor is fully ripped out and sand exposed. New plumbing ( wastes) in place but now to pour the new sub-floor. What do we do now? Approx. 0.5m3 for 100mm thickness.
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Damp concrete floor in bedroom

Had water overflow into bedroom and closet. New laminate floor removed. Concrete floor has glue strips from another flooring that is sticky in some places. Will thoroughly clean with as little water ...
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What to Look for in Professional Products for Vapor Sealing Concrete Slab

I'm planning to seal a concrete basement floor soon. While I haven't had any water problems, the basement has a smell to it which seems to be the smell of the soil/clay underneath the house. What's ...
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Can I build a car-port on the side of my garage?

I have a 2-car attached garage but three cars in the household. While I'm obviously aware I can just leave the third car in the driveway, it inconveniently blocks the cars in the garage and in the ...
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Ground preparation for deck pier block

I am planning to extend my deck, which uses pier blocks as below photo I cannot tell what's underneath this pier block because it was just dirt. There was no pour concrete for certain. So my ...
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How to level out or grind down concrete basement floor?

I had a french drain installed in my basement and the top of its cement sits around 1/8" to 1/4" of an inch higher then the rest of my basement floor. I need to somehow level this out so I can put ...
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Should cement be placed under concrete slabs for driveways or is sand enough?

I am about to get my driveway full slabbed using normal concrete slabs like below (i will be using rectangle slabs as opposed to square). The builders that came to give me an estimate said it would ...
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Easiest way to replace mortar around door?

I have a stone house and some of the mortar around one of my door frames has completely eroded away, there are big gaps and I can now see the screws that once screwed into the mortar too hold the door ...
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What can I do to transition between concrete and drywall?

I am drywalling my unheated, partially-below grade exterior garage. A four-foot tall concrete wall runs along the parts of the garage that are below-grade. Above the concrete walls are 2x6 wood ...
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How Should I Fill In a Hole in Slab Around Floor Drain

I think I have a good idea about how to go about this, but wanted to throw it out here to make sure I don't wander down the wrong path. I recently installed a new floor drain. I broke up the ...
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What drill and screws should I use to attach security bar to a concrete wall

I have a few security bars to attach to my garage window. These are the bars: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/291320181452?euid=37bd934e70374116905fb2a20e9f7fad&cp=1 I have the Face Fix Brackets. The ...
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Load-Bearing (?) Cinder Blocks Half-Corroded Away

In preparation for patching and repairs, I knocked down all the loose material from an old, water-damaged wall. In the process, I discovered an area where a couple of the cinder blocks underneath the ...
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Ideas on how to hide sprinkler wires?

Just figured out how to wire sprinklers (yay!) but I've left myself with this pretty ugly situation. I was thinking of hiding the wire below the stone, but I'm not sure how to hold it. Can I drill ...
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What are my options for saving this building?

I have a small building on my property that is about 15ft by 10ft. The building sits on a slope that runs downhill sort of at an angle from one front corner to the opposite back corner. It sits on ...