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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What is the recommended thinset when tiling over concrete?

I am about to start tiling a concrete area of my home about 220 sq feet. I was wondering if there is any specific type of thinset I should be using for a concrete surface. The tiles will be 12x12" ...
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Abutting brick or paver stones to foundation

I have a little area between our deck and garage that would be perfect for the grill. Right now it is dirt, with nothing but dandelions thriving. +---HOUSE---------- | ...
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Is this vertical gap in the concrete block foundation something to worry about?

I'm looking at a home that has a vertical gap or crack running the height of the exposed concrete block foundation. The crack is near the center of the home, about a foot to the right of the concrete ...
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What is the process for using a mold to make a concrete patio?

I have a concrete mold and I would like to know how I should prepare the part of my yard where I want the concrete pattern to go and after pouring the concrete over the mold how long should the mold ...
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laying a brick patio in extreme temperature setting

The small town where I live gets below freezing in winter and above 100º F in summer. I need to know which mortar joint width and ratio is best for laying a brick patio myself. As far as I know, ...
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How to increase height of existing concrete slab?

An existing patio has flag stones set over a concrete slab. If you were to remove the flag stones and thinset, what would be the best way to raise the level of the existing slab to make up for the ...
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How do I insulate a strip foundation from below?

While building a strip foundation (a concrete wall starting several feet below ground) I have to insulate it from moisture because otherwise moisture will get into the foundation and into the ...
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Do I use dirt or gravel to fill around a cement form for a fence post?

Background: I know you're not supposed to dig a really wide hole for a fence post hole. But the previous owner of my home did not know that. He or she dug a really wide hole, filled it with a bunch of ...
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Should I use self leveling concrete to repair settlement cracked concrete slabs?

I have a concrete slab in the breezeway of my house that has several settlement cracks in it. Can I use self-leveling concrete to repair this?
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Inner walls of house are all concrete block…?

I bought this house 9 years ago, it was built in 1954. A few years after I had gotten it, I decided to get creative and pull down some of the paneling on a wall that separates the kitchen from the ...
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How to use fiber optics to illuminate glass tiles?

Just a cool idea I've been kicking around for about an hour, I'm trying to figure out how it could work. I'm considering doing this with backslpash tiles and maybe even some shower tiles. Ideas: ...
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Treating a crack in a concrete patio before resurfacing

I am resurfacing a covered outdoor concrete patio. The original slab has a crack in it due to some heave. I am not particularly worried about this crack, however. The soil below is hard clay, and the ...
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Edge considerations on mosaic staircase

I'm renewing our old outdoor concrete staircase going to the garden. I've decided to install glass mosaic as surface finishing. I've got advice from the specialized shop regarding water-proofness of ...
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Should the cement floor adheres to the concrete slab?

If I want to use a cement floor (with broadcast color hardener) over a concrete slab (laid over compact soil), should it adheres to it, or be separated? The concrete slab is rough, the cement layer ...
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Did I properly grade the ground around my house? [closed]

I had some water issues in my basement recently. Taking a good look at all the possible causes I noticed the landscaping around the front my house was slopping in towards the house. So to fix this I ...
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How to caulk vertical seams of concrete step risers?

I am recaulking some concrete steps, and the concrete/masonry caulk I bought says it's self leveling and for horizontal surfaces only. Are there caulks that are meant for concrete but will adhere ...
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How do I repair this damage to my driveway?

After the brutal winter, my wife and I found several locations on our driveway where the concrete is crumbling. This is the worst of them: In the past, I have used self-leveling concrete caulk ...
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Preserving cracked concrete

I have a garage built with concrete blocks and the walls are surrounded on the outside by a layer of concrete rendering. The problem is that large cracks have built up in the rendering over time, ...
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Worth it to add footing insulation if there's already a thermal break?

I've been considering insulating the outside perimeter footings of my 1972 ranch house in northern New Mexico. The slab-on-grade it's built on (that constitutes the subfloor) reaches a temperature ...
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Cinder Blocks crumbling

As it is evident from the pictures, cinder blocks on the bottom of the wall are disintegrating. I have tried painting with special paint but it continues to happen. How do I replace them? Why is ...
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How to prevent outdoor wall touching concrete fom getting moisture issues?

In my house the drywall is contact with the concrete. This is putting lot of moisture in the drywall and eventually it will start to rot. What is the best solution in this case to isolate the wall ...
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How to fix leak in ABS pipe going into cement

I discovered a leak in the drain pipe from my kitchen sink (and dishwasher) as it joins with the main drain in my basement floor. The leak is at a Y junction - the bottom of the Y is in the slab, one ...
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Should I be able to just peel tile off the wall by hand if it is installed right?

We hired a contractor to remodel our master bathroom. For the tile installation in the shower, he started with a float-cement backing. To show quick progress, he rushed through this step and the final ...
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Rebar cattle guard

Looking for a cattle guard that can be made from available supplies at local home depot. Needs to be able to support 32,000 lbs to meet HS-20 aka cement truck. Schedule 40 re-bar has a tensile ...
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Can I tile over Linoleum felt paper on a concrete slab?

I have a contractor coming in to tile my home. My floor is a post tension concrete slab, home is only 4 yrs old. The contractor said they could just tile right over the linoleum, but after reading ...
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Should I drill through the concrete garage wall to install a generator inlet switch inside?

I recently purchased a generator in the aftermath of the ice storms in the Northeast. I'm quit handy with the electrical wiring in my house and have no issue installing the proper circuit for the ...
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How should the concrete anchoring some fenceposts relate to the driveway they're puncturing?

I'm about to have some 8" cores drilled through a concrete driveway in order to run a fence across it. I'll use 4x4 posts, probably cedar, sunk several feet deep and anchored in concrete. Should the ...
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Help translate terminology relating to concrete floor construction

I just bought a house which had an extension done 12 years ago. I am about to do some work in this area and want to understand what has been done before. Below is a screen shot of the bits of the ...
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How do I level a concrete basement floor with a 1" dip?

I want to level my concrete basement floor, but on one end it slants down over 1" (over a 3'x15' run). Can I fill this area before using self-leveling compound, to save money, or what else could I ...
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Renovating Crawlspace with Poured Concrete Floor

My newly-purchased 1950s home has a below-grade crawlspace with a poorly-poured concrete floor. Specifically, it is very coarse and looks like it was poured and spread with a garden rake. In some ...
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options for new floor over concrete slab

I am in the middle of a basement renovation, roughly 1000 sq feet. The existing floor is some sort of vinyl sheet material over concrete slab. There is an existing floor drain in the current washing ...
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Is there a maximum thickness for shower float cement?

We are currently redoing our shower and would like to use float-cement to carry the tile. The wall behind it is a bit crooked, so, to get it nice and level, the float-cement would have to be a bit ...
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Where to locate moisture barrier in engineered hardwood floor sandwich placed over insulation board?

I'm planning to install an engineered hardwood floor on a concrete slab that is very very cold. The climate is northern New Mexico. The slab perimeter is not insulated, and doing so is ...
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How can I fix an unlevel bathroom concrete floor?

In our very small bathroom (in a slab home) we have an uneven concrete floor. There is a ⅝" inch gap between the baseboard and vinyl that travels about 15½" along the baseboard. (The ...
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Slab foundation floor crack

I am purchasing a new construction home. The foundation, patio, & garage slabs were all poured at the same time, in mid-september. The home is not yet complete, but we have noticed a crack in the ...
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How to insulate slab that's been extended?

I bought a house built on a concrete slab on grade. It's an older house, so no part of the slab was insulated. At some point in the past, previous owners decided to pour concrete around the entire ...
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How to clean sand and brick dust off concrete paver blocks?

I have a floor of concrete paver blocks. There is a brown stain on them due to the presence of sand and bricks powder. I'm afraid of using more Hydrochloric acid because it didn't remove all the stain ...
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What should I use to fill drilled concrete holes that are not used anymore?

Just wanted to do some home repairs and found lots of old drilled holes. I've used putty to cover them up but it occurred to me that there would be air gaps for the holes as the putty cover over them ...
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Does Limecrete exist in North America?

I've been learning a little bit about limecrete And I thought it'd be fun to try a project with it (small one) but I can't seem to find it as a product in North America. Most (all?) references to ...
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Is this normal for the brick to extend past the concrete slab foundation?

I am in the process of buying a home and noticed that the brick extends past the concrete slab foundation. I checked different houses around the area and all were flush with the concrete slab. Is this ...
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How to level sloped concrete ceiling, and is it worth it?

I want to remove popcorn ceiling in a 7' by 14' room and turn it into a smooth ceiling. I have just built this room. The walls are not yet painted, so now is a good time to do the ceiling. I know how ...
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How to reinstall iron stair railing in concrete that rusted out at the base?

So one day some time ago our iron stair railing going from the sidewalk to the stoop rusted through at the base of the posts and fell right over. I had a welder friend cut off the rusted portion and ...
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How do I rebuild a large fence gate?

I have a concrete driveway that continues to the side of my house, with a double gate (a person gate, and a large vehicle gate). The gates are very old and made only with 2x4 frames and standard ...
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Can I fill sagging spots in my driveway with asphalt and hot tar?

We've had these sagging spots for about 10 years now. They're not getting any worse. Sure, we might get a new driveway in 10 years, but other than this, our driveway is in beautiful condition! They ...
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Should I use a 6 mil poly moisture barrier for engineered hardwood floor installed over concrete slab-on-grade?

I am planning to install an engineered hardwood floor over a slab-on-grade subfloor. The slab is bone dry but I understand it's wise to install a moisture barrier anyway. My plan right now is to ...
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How do I make this large mold for concrete countertop?

I've been wanting to make a concrete counter-top for a long time but there's one section that is giving me trouble. The mold would have to be bigger than would fit on a standard 4' x 8' sheet of ...
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Can you apply surface-bonding cement over stucco as an exterior finish?

Let's say you have a wood-framed wall with cement-based stucco cladding and it's in pretty good condition, with a few typical stucco cracks. If you wanted to seal the cracks, add another layer, and ...
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Can I put concrete over PVC pipe?

I have my laundry room in the backyard and there is an area that had a thin piece of concrete and below it there is soil. Beneath the soil there lies the drainage PVC 1 ½” pipe, gas line (not ...
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How to plug hole in foundation?

Here is the front of my house. As you can see it is a 2-story dwelling on the left with a garage on the right that is connected to the main house by a "sunroom" (porch/breezeway/whatever). The main ...
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Technique to level a patio for concrete and tiling

I currently have a large patio which has brick paving. unfortunately the paving has started to sink in spots and gathers rain water. I will be removing the brick and laying a slab of concrete, in ...