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 use a toggle bolt if there's no space behind the drywall?

While trying to install a 14lb metal shelf to the wall, I had learned from a previous installation mishap to upgrade from plastic anchors to something stronger. I picked up a few toggle bots (3/16" w ...
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How to waterproof metalic electrical conduit entrance in concrete wall?

I have concrete garage inside the hill below house level. Electrical metal conduit runs underground and enters the garage at the top of concrete wall. It may 12"-15" below surface. See pictures. It's ...
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Running irrigation pipes under a large concrete pad

I'm planning on redoing the irrigation system in the back yard and considering extending it to cover the front yard as well. My only problem, the house is completely surrounded by a concrete patio. ...
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Water heater on concrete--should I build a platform? how much heat loss in winter?

I don't know if that title the best way to phrase the question. It's winter(ish) now, and I swear the hot water just doesn't last as long as it does in, say, September. The water heater tank is ...
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Need advice to prevent runoff water from going into neighbor's yard

I'm looking for some advice on what I can do to prevent runoff water from going into my neighbor's yard. I am an auto detailer so I am constantly washing cars in my driveway. The neighbor also parks ...
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Concrete shows under hearth, can I paint?

My hearth has been laid on concrete which stands proud of the floor. The hearth is black and the concrete has a black cement dye in it but looks grey next to the black of the hearth. It has a fairly ...
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How to attach concrete to wood?

I'm planning a wooden table with concrete legs. I will use a U-shape or O-Shape for the legs. Should i use screws to attach the legs to the slab or is there a better way? I thought of placing a metal ...
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Fill / waterproof large crack / gap in concrete garage floor

Moved into this house about two years ago. In very heavy rain, the backyard floods due to inadequate drainage, and it runs into the garage, under the wall. I used a Concrete Crack Filler ...
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Repairing concrete block on inner part of basement

I have had water seepage into my basement through concrete block for many years. The exterior part of the block is covered by a deck and patio and is not easy to get to. I've mitigated a lot of the ...
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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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How can I remove a parking block from my garage?

So, builders have this thing, for some reason, of installing cement parking blocks a few feet in front of the hot water heater in the garage. I've lived at plenty of places without those and managed ...
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How can I edge concrete without an edge trowel?

How can I make a concrete floor (also using dry shake color hardener) with a proper edge, without using an edge trowel? In Brazil I cannot find an edge trowel anywhere, so I would like to know if ...
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Installing an 18kg (40lb) projector screen onto a concrete ceiling

I have a large projection screen that I need to install into a (seemingly) pretty stable concrete ceiling -- at least that's what I assume it is -- it sounds very solid when hit with a hammer, ...
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Best way to remove anchors from concrete?

The people we purchased our home from put up a wall in the 3 car garage between the 1st and 2nd space, but never finished it and I am now looking to remove the entire wall. There are several ...
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Do I need an expansion gap around concrete laid inside a building

We are laying a concrete floor inside a room in an old stone building. Do we need to leave an expansion gap around the edge? The room is open at the front so we are not insulating or anything.
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Is the proposed solution to this masonry project okay?

We will going to build long interior, round(little bit) shaped staircase (similar to this) from concrete, and I needed to get instructions with physics that it will possible to make it without any ...
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How to indentify if the crack on plastered brickwalls is cosmetic or structural?

First up, I understand these kind of things are best left to experts' inspection and internet forums won't help much. I have called an engineer but until he arrives in a day or two, for my solace, I ...
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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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How can I fix these cracks in my concrete/plaster wall apartment in Paris?

I'm used to working on sheetrock in the U.S. but I now live in France. In my old apartment in Paris, the walls seem to be plaster but could be concrete. It is soft enough to make divots if I dig in my ...
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What can I do about small pools of water on my garage floor?

I just moved into this house and I have discovered about 20 different size "water" marks. As I haven't parked my car in the garage - I would have noticed it sooner. But what can I do for this ...
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Can I float a tongue-and-grooved 1x12 pine floor over a concrete slab on grade?

I have bare concrete floor that was, until recently, covered with carpet. After recently seeing a friend of mine purchase raw pine, shape the tongue-and-groove himself, and seal it to achieve a ...
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What is the name of extremely porous concrete for water runoff solutions?

I have seen extremely porous concrete that water drains through very well. Narrow strips of this may be put across a driveway to limit excess water runoff. What is the name of extremely porous ...
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Should I use self-leveling concrete or mortar to level a patched area of concrete prior to tiling it?

I had to repair cast iron pipe in the basement. This left me with a 2ft x 3ft hole in my tiled basement floor. We cut along the grout lines, so I just need to replace the tile and concrete. Well, ...
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How can I level a slab with floor drains?

I just had the slab in my new basement poured about 3 days ago. It turned out terrible. The entire floor is wavy and has up to 1/2 inch dips and bumps every 4 feet or so. I would like to resurface ...
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When pouring cement next to a home, how far below the mud line on a stucco home do you need to be to avoid water issues?

how far below the Mud line on a stucco home do you need to be to avoid water issues 1", 2", 3" or more
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Can I use a traditional router bit on a small concrete slab? And if no what can I use?

Can I use a traditional router bit on a small concrete slab? And if no what can I use? I'm getting ready to make a coffee table. I know the trick where you put silicone in the corners to achieve a ...
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How to repair holes in concrete driveway?

I have a concrete driveway that is chipping. Is there any good options to fill these chipped areas?
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How should I prepare a concrete slab for plank porcelain tiles?

I have several questions about laying plank porcelain tile on a concrete slab. First do I need to get 100% of the glue from the concrete floor, there are small spots and patches here and there that ...
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How can I find places to nail/screw into walls of ICF (insulated concrete form) home?

The home I bought has exterior walls made of ICF (insulated concrete form). I don't know the brand or type, I just know that somehow the builders attached the drywall to the styrofoam/concrete. I'm ...
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Should I set deck post footings deeply or use concrete footings?

I am building a deck. How about setting 6x6 p.t. posts down on a concrete footing at 4 feet deep (the frost line here) and fill with gravel and soil, and then let the posts run high for the railings? ...
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How can I transition from tile to stained concrete?

What are some good ways to transition from tile to stained concrete? We pulled up the carpet that was next to our tile and stained the floor instead of new carpet? I am looking for simple DIY ...
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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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What options are available for improving the appearance of a concrete porch?

We have been looking to do something with our entrance patio flooring. We have some options to have it re-layered with concrete, but we would like something that is better looking and have ...
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How can I remove oil stains from a concrete floor?

I rented a home, and the garage floor is concrete. It looks like the previous owner had a small car that dripped more oil than it retained. It has been parked on multiple spots, so there are ...
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How to run electrical wire in concrete ceilng?

I live in a condo with popcorn (a.k.a California) ceilings. Next week I'm having them scraped, spackled, and painted smooth. I also want to hang a ceiling light fixture (the dining area desperately ...
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How to remove a brass concrete anchor?

I have brass anchors like below in the concrete deck around my pool. Today, when I was raising the inner screw to install the cover, the screw was being very difficult. Trying to raise it, the inner ...
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fix for tall concrete steps

I am buying a older home, the back porch steps are concrete and the top step that is just below the porch is extremely low is there a way to add a half step to avoid stepping down so long a distance?
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Use less water with concrete water reducer?

Reading up on concrete water reducer additives, it says it "reduces water by 5% - 10%". I assume this actually means that it reduces the required amount of water? I.e. I would mix in less water, ...
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How can I grind and smooth a concrete table top?

Hey guys so I just welded up a table and now I am going to make a table top. So here is the problem. I welded the table up and looks square but is off about 2 degrees here and there from heat warpage. ...
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What is the laziest way I can build a non-structural, non-aesthetic cinder block wall to contain compost?

I have a ton of brush that I used to burn, but I recently bought a chipper/shredder and want a spot to compost it along with grass clippings and greens. I also have 3 tons of CMUs that are just ...
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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 fix concrete delamination

When I made some concrete flooring (my first time doing it) I finished the surface while there was still bleed water (I didn't know it better back then). Now 2 months later in a few areas there is ...
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What is the maintenance schedule for a concrete driveway?

I have a concrete driveway that I'd like to keep looking good, and in good working order. What needs to be done to maintain the driveway, and how often should it be done?
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How can I repair a crack in my foundation that is leaking?

We need help and we don't know who to contact and how to fix the problem. We have a crack in the foundation. Pavers on one side, crack where the siding of the house is and then water is coming from ...
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Is it OK to pave without mixing?

Going upon the advice of a reputable builder, I used Quikrete fast-drying concrete for a small slab outside my house. Not load bearing. His recommendation was to dry-pour the whole thing. Framed, ...
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How do I shave down a sidewalk?

I have a sidewalk where one of the sections that was repaired by a previous homeowner is raised up above the surrounding sections. I've seen some sites on the internet talking about shaving down the ...
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How can I use toggle bolts with limited depth behind them?

I have a predicament, I am putting up a shelf into the wall. The wall is plaster, and then hollow and then concrete. I have screws with toggle bolts on them. The 2 inch screw with the toggle bolt ...
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Types of floats and trowels for concrete

In Brazil there are basically 3 kinds of floats: Steel (in many shapes), used for smooth finish concrete, spreading mortar for tiles, plastering, etc. Wood (rectangular) used for rougher finish of ...
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What is the best choice for patching and leveling concrete before tile install?

We have a small area of concrete foundation that we need to patch and level prior to ceramic tile installation (12×12 tiles). It is concrete that we chipped the old tile mortar off of, so there are ...
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Connect new footings to old footings

I have a 7 foot section of an addition that has no footing. It is a square addition, so 3 walls on the back of the house. It is about 13 x 12. One of the side walls is missing about 7' of footing and ...