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 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 ...
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How do I repair a few broken concrete blocks in a stoop foundation?

I have a ranch home built in the 1960's. It has a full foundation under the front stoop. The stoop is a concrete slab. Settling over the years led to horizontal cracks about 36" below grade. In ...
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Fast Setting Concrete vs Regular?

Other than the ~1 hour set time of the fast setting stuff, are there any other pros or cons to it? We're looking at putting in about 45 fence posts or so and I'm running costs. The regular 50lb ...
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Adding a layer of concrete and tiles in the garage

I just wanted to get opinions on my plans to fix the somewhat sunken slab in our garage. We bought the house two years and (it's about 50 years old) and I have been monitoring the slab since day 1. ...
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Soil under slab (sidewalk) washed away and is now causing cracks down the middle

I have a 50' x 6' concrete slab in front of our basement that supports the same size wooden deck above with 6 post for the upstairs. The soil under it washed away due to poor drainage. I have fixed ...
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Creating a concrete mix with smooth texture

I would like to create a small concrete table(~.5m diameter). To do so, I would like to create a concrete mix with smooth texture, similar to Quikrete. Since this product is not available where I live,...
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What is the best way to protect a burnished concrete floor during construction?

I am doing a new build. The floor is burnished concrete done by High Trowel finish during concrete pour. I need to protect the floor afterwards. What is the best way to protect a burnished concrete ...
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Flattening Concrete for Dricore Product Suggestion

I am in the process of laying DRIcore panels in my basement. The ultimate plan is to lay laminate (Pergo) floor once we reach the finish stages. I have a few small areas where the concrete dips ...
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Ceramic tile on concrete with shrinkage cracks

I am interested in the opinions of any experienced tile-setters here as to ceramic tile or stone laid on concrete regarding crack isolation. I am building a new house with lightweight concrete poured ...
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Will a few weeks of exposure to the weather damage cementboard?

I am getting ready to put Durock on my outdoor grill area. I am wrapping it with stone but it will be a few weeks before the stone comes in. Will the rain damage the cement board in any way or should ...
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Replacing a crawl space with concrete slab

I have a 1970 rental house that is prone to flooding the crawlspace approximately 1 week a year. To clarify, the whole section of land, yard, and streets are under a foot or more of water, due to ...
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Should I set wood fence posts in quikrete with no supplemental water?

Setting wood fence post---I've heard to set wood fence posts using quikrete dry, allowing it get moisture from the ground. Is this a good idea?
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Raised Concrete Patio Drainage

I recently purchased this house which has a raised concrete patio in the rear that has a large depression in the middle probably 4' wide by 6' long. You can see the cracks in the concrete where the ...
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How to support the side of concrete steps?

Last spring, we decided to remove a concrete walkway (and much of the soil underneath it) behind our house and replace it with either a pea gravel or decomposed granite patio with boxwoods and a fire ...
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How much concrete for a fence post?

We're going to build up a 4' fence around our property sometime in here in the spring or summer with 4x4 posts. I've seen that you should bury 1/3 to 1/2 of the above ground post height; so this ...
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Anatomy of a concrete wall – what are all these layers called?

So my partner and I are trying to resurface a concrete wall in an old house in Taiwan. Before I get into the nitty gritty of asking how, I just want to clarify my terminology first – I think I've got ...
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Can I drill a small hole in a concrete beam?

I need to pass a bipolar electrical cable through a concrete beam (30cm high, 15 cm wide) (12x6 inches). The hole would need to be about 1cm (3/8"). Is it safe to drill through it? There is no wall ...
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Hanging clothes on a line between concrete pillars without drilling

Question says it all: I'd like to hang a "light" load (say 30 t-shirts/pants) between two concrete pillars, without doing anything permanent to the pillars, like drilling (they are public property and ...
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Relatively new concrete porch crack

About 6 months ago a contractor poured a concrete slab to serve as a porch. The slab rests directly on the ground and measures 25' by 4' and is 4" thick. The slab has remesh under it, no gravel, but ...
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Can I pour concrete next to my foundation?

I'm planning to install a 4x4 fence into the ground by digging up a hole, adding some gravel, then pouring concrete in. Is it a problem if the concrete touches the foundation of the house? I've added ...
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Hand tool for packing dirt

What is a good simple hand tool for packing small surfaces of dirt to prepare it for laying concrete? I've seen big pneumatic hammers at large construction sites and was wondering if there is a good ...
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Should concrete stair landing be anchored to building?

I have a small, approximately 3x3' concrete landing in front of my basement door, from which stairs go up to the street level. I need to redo it and was wondering whether to tie the rebar from under ...
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Concrete stairs substrate preparation and layering

I need to pour small stair entry into my basement, about 4 steps and it is narrow, with a brick retention wall on both sides. I was going to first evenly grade and pack the dirt, then put gravel, ...
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Gravel under concrete stairs

Laying gravel under flat concrete slabs is easy because the levelness of dirt bed makes it easy to distribute it evenly. But when preparing to pour concrete stairs on a graded bed, what are good ways ...
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How can I properly support a raised concrete patio?

I am planning on building a raised concrete patio. I would like to build the perimeter of block and fill it with stone and then cap it in concrete to be finished with blue stone later. The patio will ...
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Concrete patio against the house

I am going to be starting a project in which I will be pouring my patio next to my home, it will be approx 10' x 50' The home is on a concrete slab, no basement. I have to two questions. What is ...
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Is a floating perimeter slab a good approach for a dirt-floor shed?

I'm building a 16' x 7' shed and chicken coop in Seattle. I want it to have a dirt floor and be safe from predators crawling underneath. I've been struggling with how best to do the "foundation". I ...
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Where to install underfloor heating under tile; thinset layer or concrete?

Putting in either a thermal wire/mesh (SunTouch) type underfloor heater or carbon film under tile. The subfloor is OSB. Going to pour 3/4" of LevelQuik Self-Leveling Concrete (replacing Gyp-Crete ...
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Installing Drywall on Concrete Ceiling?

I have a concrete ceiling in my basement and would like to cover it with drywall. Specifically, I would like to take the flat surface concrete ceiling and put another ceiling under it so that I can ...
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Self-leveling alternatives to gypsum concrete (Gyp-Crete, Pyrofill, Securock) over OSB?

Replacement options for < 1.5 inch pour? Details: Bathroom remodel (new tub, tile wall/floor, toilet, vanity). Old tile floor came up with finger pressure, found that the gypsum concrete ...