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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How do i resurface my concrete patio?

I'm trying to figure out the most cost effective way to repair my concrete patio. It survived for about 30 years but recently a portion of it has begun spalling pretty bad, so bad you cant really sit ...
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Small Concrete Paver patio under BBQ

I have a BBQ that's currently sitting on a not so level grassy area. I'd like to create a very small base for the grill with two 2ft by 2ft concrete pavers so I have a level base, but I don't know how ...
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Can concrete demo material be used as fill behind same project?

I am demolishing the old outdoor steps at the rear of my house, built circa 1955. I have discovered that they are not constructed on the ground surface, but sit upon a concrete block structure about 4 ...
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What is the minimum thickness a new top layer of concrete should be when poured over an existing concrete walkway?

Parts of a concrete walkway leading up to the front of the house have sunk down over the years. We want to add a layer of new concrete over the old concrete to raise it and make it more even. What is ...
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Putting footer with slab question [duplicate]

I wanted to put 4 footers where post will go for a pavilion. Should the footers be flush with the slab, or should I leave an inch for the slab to be poured on top . I'm going to have a 4 inch slab. ...
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Cracks in a newly constrcuted basement wall?

Pic 1 shows the newly constructed basement (Just 4 days) wall and It can clearly seen the crack across the wall (Not sure whether its crack or not but looks like) due to pouring concrete. I wonder ...
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How to prevent Epoxy from sagging/dripping

I have to anchor a bolt to concrete, but I can only find 2 component epoxy in "medium viscosity" around here (Brazil). I made a test setup to see how much might drip out and it is much more than i ...
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How can I pour a concrete pad with a circular hole in it?

Essentially, I'd like to put down a concrete pad for a patio, but leave a couple of circular areas within that patio unpaved (for planting shrubs). I'm familiar with the techniques for using ...
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Concrete driveway in New England?

I need a new driveway and I was wondering if my only option is asphalt? I'm in Connecticut - does anyone know if I can have concrete driveway?
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How to remove construction adhesive from concrete?

We removed a wooden dance floor that was glued to concrete with liquid nails. How do I remove the liquid nails that is all over the concrete floor? Has anyone had success with heat, mineral spirits ...
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how to lay concrete agaisnt wall over buiried foundation concrete

i want to lay concrete out of backyard along cinderblock wall over existing concrete foundation of backyard wall and gate. the existing foundation concrete is about 3 to 4 inches below the top of ...
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Can I avoid the slab and run the new PEX through walls and interstitial space?

… and many other questions. The following is the incoming water for my small 2-story townhouse. This picture was taken in my downstairs hall closet. This is what I have figured out so far: (1) is ...
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How do weather conditions affect pouring a concrete foundation?

I'd like to understand how weather conditions affect pouring a concrete foundation. Are there concerns about pouring a foundation during cold, snowy, rainy, or otherwise inclement weather? Is it ...
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Can I mix latex paint into concrete

would like to color concrete mix can I use outdoor latex paint to mix in with the concrete?
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Patio wall: Footing necessary?

In the next 12-18 months, I am looking to get a patio put in, the thinking now is stamped concrete. I was thinking about adding a small wall around the perimeter like this ...
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deck post design

I am DIY building a deck and have a question about how to create the deck posts. I have dug holes 4 feet deep to compensate for the local frostline and plan to place a few inches of gravel at the ...
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What will happen to the concrete I tint with latex paint?

Considering following the advice on pinterest to replace 1/4 of the water in some concrete with latex house paint to tint it. Wondering if anyone has done this and knows if this will actually affect ...
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concrete slab up over vinyl siding

I tore out my front porch slab so I can waterproof the foundation. It was also sinking and since it has a column to support an overhang, that's a problem. My question is what should I do about where ...
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What product should I use to adhere pavers to an old concrete sidewalk?

We want to 'dress' up an old concrete sidewalk with pavers, but don't know if we should adhere them with mortar or some type of adhesive material. Which method would be the most durable in the long ...
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How long can I store a bag of Quikrete?

I had planned to find a nook in the low-humidity house in which to shove it, but it would be interesting to know how long the bag will keep in various humidities. The main question is: How long can I ...
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How tall can I go above ground with a concrete footing?

I am building a 20' x 20' foot deck with a 10' x 12' Pavilion in one corner, away from the house.I need the concrete footings for the pavilion to be flush or just above the surface of the deck. There ...
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How can I fix gaps at the bottom of concrete stairs?

How can I fix or skirt my concrete outdoor stairs? They are bolted on to the side of my house, and are left hanging with gaps all around at the the bottom. They are very sturdy and I don't really want ...
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Should I move this support post in my basement?

I am trying to create a new bedroom in the basement. The first problem I hit is that there is this short concrete "wall" with a post coming out of it. Actually, the post is 3 2x4's joined together. ...
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How to install bathtub

I want to install a tub on basement bath where drain pipes are already installed and sticking out from concrete floor. I need to know how to raise the level of the tub from the floor in order to have ...
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What kind of paint should be used on an outdoor concrete walkway?

I have an outdoor walkway that was freshly painted just before I bought my house two years ago. Two winters have worn down the paint and now it needs another coat or the exposed concrete will crumble. ...
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Can I rest cement posts directly on the bedrock to build a structure for a large shed?

So I live in Canada, where winters are cold, and where there's not much soil above the bedrock. I would like to build a sturdy structure for an existing "shed" (in fact a 100-year old former stable or ...
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Replacing Kool decking

I want to replace my cracked and bumpy Kool deck. What do I need to do to take it completely off my pool deck?
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How can I prepare this concrete floor for tile?

I'm looking to replace an old carpet in my finished basement with tile. I've removed the carpet and found a surface with some peeling paint, which I've read needs to be removed since the thinset for ...
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Are there any advantages to using metal post spikes set in concrete when building a privacy fence?

My neighbor and I are considering alternatives to wood-in-concrete fence posts for a privacy fence that can have significant wind load in an area that gets up to -30 degree frosts in winter. The ...
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How do I fix sticky KILZ primer?

Has anyone ever had problems with an oil-based primer like KILZ being sticky or not drying correctly? We removed some vinyl tiles and mastic from a basement laundry room floor (concrete) using ...
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Do I really need to use primer when painting an unfinished concrete floor?

I'm turning a one car garage into an office and want to paint the floor. I bought some Behr concrete paint, and the guy at Home Depot insisted that I have to put down a layer of primer first. Do I ...
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Which type of mortar or cement to set electrical box?

I have cut out two holes for 4", metal electrical boxes to be set in to the exterior walls of an old block and stucco garage. I need to secure the boxes by setting them in either concrete or mortar, ...
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Do I have to remove the old thinset before installing new tile?

I will be installing some new 12x12 tiles in two bathrooms approx 25 sq/ft each. When I pulled up the old tiles, there was no thin set that had made contact with them so the removal was very easy. ...
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Is it possible to create a 4“x4” channel through concrete using acid?

I'm trying to figure out a possible way to eat through concrete without damage pex tubing inside (its a radiant heated slab). Is there any way using some type of acid (hydrofluoric, muriatic ) to eat ...
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Damp slab in my living room

I live in FL and have a damp area on my slab in my living room in front of my front bay window which does not have a gutter. As a result I have a musty smell in my house. I bought some UGL DRYLOK ...
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What water:cement:sand ratio gives the strongest mortar?

A typical mortar mix ratio is 1 cement : 3 sand. But what is the water ratio? Is it 0.5:1:3? Would a 0.5:1:2 ratio be a stronger mortar? Our next door neighbor has a dog that digs like a pro. The ...
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Can I pin 1/4" wonderboard backerboard to the whole concrete blocks wall in bathroom?

The bathroom is in the condo, high-rising concrete building. The two side walls are diamond wire mesh with applied above the cement (grey) and lime (plaster) layers , total depth 3/4". The frontal ...
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Deck Footing capacity with BigFoot base

I'm planning a new deck (completely replacing and enlarging an existing deck). The deck will be 25'x15' w/25 ft being attached to the house. I'm trying to determine what footings are required. ...
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A-Frame for a hoist?

I need to move a heavy-ish piece of concrete, a part of a garden sculpture, weighing about 300lbs, to about chest height. I'd like a hoist, but don't know the equipment I'd need to assemble an ...
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Are there any penetrating sealers for concrete countertops that will darken the color?

I am in the process of grinding and polishing a pour-in-place concrete countertop. When I am done, I want to seal with a penetrating sealer. I don't want a surface epoxy or wax sealer. I like the ...
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how can I check to see if a 4" slab of concrete was actually poured?

I had a driveway poured three years ago. After a crack in the walkway appeared and two more developed in the driveway itself, my husband began to get suspicious that I wasn't given a 4" slab. If we ...
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How to put up a very small barrier on concrete to stop water running past it

I have a a concrete driveway that leads to the garage with a very slight slope towards the garage. When it really rains hard, the water comes down into the garage. I don't want a very high barrier, ...
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Insulating the concrete columns

we are building a house with bricks and it has columns every 3 meters. Wall is going to be insulated with foam blocks and I am trying to figure out how to insulate the columns. Will putting a 2 - 3 mm ...
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concrete drive heaves where it meets garage floor

This past winter, my concrete driveway heaved 1.5" above where it meets the garage floor. It is three years old. Also, we dug along the sides of the drive to try to guage if a 4" slab was actually ...
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What is this crystal on my concrete?

My concrete has an old unknown spill which appears in the newly warm moist weather to be forming crystals or hairs. It doesn't have direct water on it, and hasn't been damp recently. What is the ...
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What is the best way to remove and prevent leaf stains on concrete pavers?

We have a brand new paver stone walkway/patio. To my dismay, I noticed that their were leaf and acorn stains from the oak tree in the front yard. I've learned my lesson and I'm going to try to keep ...
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How do I shim a steel structure?

I need to affix my steel stringers to a concrete beam. Since the beam was poorly executed, it is not plumb. On this piece I will weld some 5 mm thick plate on the backing, that will have holes for ...
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Do I need a header for an egress window?

I am in the process of finishing a bedroom in my basement. I need to add a window to the room and the selected wall is poured concrete. I need to know if I have to add a header above the window in the ...
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How should I extend a concrete patio under an existing deck?

I have a 18x20 second floor deck with three 6x6 support posts. Under the deck is a 40-year-old, well-settled, 12x20x6" concrete patio. The deck posts are set outside of the patio, set on footings ...
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How can I remove 6-8 inches of concrete from a wooden floor?

I have inherited a 143 year old building. Somewhere in the past someone poured 6 to 8 inches of concrete over top the wood bathroom floor. I really want the weight out of the building. Any ideas on ...