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 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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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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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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How do I remove concrete that has splattered on my brick pavers?

We installed a brick patio, and splatter from wet-cutting the bricks ended up on the installed bricks. How do I clean it?
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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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How can I pour a concrete floor/slab with two levels?

I am pouring a slab for a concrete floor for an 1800 sq foot house and would like the bathroom area to be about 3/8" lower than the rest so I can tile it and wind up with the floor and seams that are ...
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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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How can I install T molding on concrete subflooring?

I'm at the point where I want to install some T molding for the transition from our main room to the bedrooms. I just took a look at the directions and they only show screwing the track into the ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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What is the proper concrete ingredient ratio for a patio?

I am pouring a 10X20X6 patio pad. It has been 15 years since I mixed a mass amount of concrete and the cement that I got is a little vague on the instructions. What is the ratio for cement:sand:...
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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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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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putting concrete footer with slab

I am going to install a pavilion on a concrete slab. I was wondering, if I install 4 ft concrete footers, should the top of the column be flush with the top of the slab to be poured, or the column be ...
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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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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. Now,...
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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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What can I use as a concrete release agent for aluminum forms?

If I need to use aluminum sheeting as form for pouring concrete or another cement product, such as mortar/stucco, is there something (chemical) I can coat the sheet metal with so the cement doesn't ...
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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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Making sense of an existing sump system

I just bought my first house, but I can't seem to understand how the sump worked. I'd like to make sure it's hooked up and ready to go should the basement ever flood. When I first walked in, the ...
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How should I anchor a hand railing to sandstone steps?

I've got three exterior steps made of natural sandstone. They are 6 ft wide, and 10" thick. I need to anchor a metal handrailing to them. The railing has two feet: 1/4" metal plates with 3/8" holes ...
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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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How big a hole do I have to drill in concrete to embed rebar in it?

I have a concrete patio that I'd like to use as the foundation for a CMU wall. I'd like the CMUs to be tied into the patio slab with rebar. I get that the gist is to drill a hole in the slab, put ...
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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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Why are both exterior and interior walls constructed of concrete block in my home?

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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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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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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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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How can I stop water from coming in through a crack near the top of my bulkhead wall?

I have a bulkhead entrance to my basement. The bulkhead walls are mostly fine, with the exception being near the top. The top 6 or 8 inches or so of the walls are constructed of what appear to be ...
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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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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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Greenhouse (cold frame) side walls - footing question

Planning a hoop house, or cold frame style greenhouse. I live in Nebraska, we get pretty consistent winds, not unusual to have 50 mph gusts. I want set two parallel 3-4 ft tall rows of 4x4 posts, 4 ...
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What is the best way to remove pet odor from concrete?

The concrete floor in my garage had been home to a large dog for several years. There is a visible stain and strong smell in one area of the garage floor. The concrete does not appear to be sealed ...
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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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flat concrete roof with weathering course leaking in many places

It is about 30 yr old building with flat concrete roof with weathering course on top. It started leaking in many places during rainy season. The roof area is about 1200 sq.ft open.what is the remedy.
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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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How can I thicken Acid Stain myself?

I have been doing a lot of decorative concrete around my house, and I have yet to find a masking tape or caulking or anything that can hold the acid stain where I want it. I finally found something ...
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Concrete foundation crack

Two storey home, 14yrs old. Concrete foundation. Ground is mostly clay. Steel I beam crossing the middle of the basement ceiling to distribute load. The I beam is inset into the top of the ...
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Do I need a vapor barrier on an 8" pour + carpeting over tile?

So I am finishing my basement and the side I'm finishing has an extra 4" pour on it as well as old 8x8 asbestos tile. My plan is to carpet over it. Do I need a vapor barrier? I get that concrete is ...