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 too little sand equal weaker concrete?

Often on a bag of cement the instructions will relate the quantities in terms of bags of cement with wheelbarrows of sand and stone. They claim that 2bags cement = 1 wheelbarrow. I found that my ...
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Why do builders say that wet concrete/mortar is not as strong?

I have been watching a few videos demonstrating the mixing of mortar and cement and a constant theme is that you must not have the mix too runny. I cannot fathom the reason... Does anyone care to ...
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Will I trap moisture in the concrete of basement walls and floors if I seal them with epoxy?

I'm thinking about painting my basement's walls with some concrete sealer (before finishing the basement) and floor with epoxy paint. Many people are doing that, but I'm concerned about moisture in ...
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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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Will I cause problem/cracks with jumping exercise in upper floor?

Every day I am doing my martial art practice in upper floor. It contains jumping and power movements which cause sounds downstairs. Is there any problem for concrete by this continuous jerking ...
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How do I install a range anti-tip kit into hardwood floor on concrete?

I'm preparing to install an anti-tip kit for an electric range. It's a piece of shaped metal designed to be bolted to the floor with two screws or bolts. The floor is hardwood (probably engineered) ...
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Can I change the color of the mortar in my brick wall?

We recently built our home and the mortar color between the bricks is dark gray, we did not pay attention to it and because of that the brick face is looking duller due to the standard gray mortar. ...
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How can I hang a large but light poster on a concrete pillar?

I have a large (est. 5'x7') sheet of plastic foam with a poster printed on it. It weighs maybe 3 lb and is reasonably stiff. I'd like to hang it on a solid rectangular concrete pillar about 2' wide. ...
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How do I repair cracks in the concrete pillars supporting my patio roof?

I have two round concrete pillars that support my patio roof. I have noticed that they have cracks even though they are new. I suspect the filling of mortar and bricks inside those pillars was not ...
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Can I lay pavers over a concrete patio?

I have a concrete patio in my backyard that's in pretty good condition. We don't like how it looks, so we'd like to cover it up with brick or pavers. Looking online, it appears that most people ...
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Drilling holes in concrete

I'm not what you'd call a handy guy, and now wife wants me to put up curtains. This task is reduced primarily to getting a bit of metal stuck to the ceiling. I bought screws and anchors. The anchors ...
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What can I do about this gap between my driveway and the street?

I have a low car and the ditch between my driveway and the street is pretty big. I usually enter my car in reverse at a very steep angle as to not have it scrape the lower front. My neighbors park ...
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How could I flatten these warped sleepers layed on uneven concrete to an acceptable level?

The concrete in my basement is, as most concrete is, very uneven. I was building up my subfloor to match an existing floor, so I got about 200 board feet of PT 4x4 and ripped 1/2" off using a table ...
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What are “concretors' nippers” for?

I came across this tool called "concretors' nippers" I guess they are for some operations with concrete reinforcement, but can't find any details. What operations is this tool for specifically? ...
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Does RedGard count as a rubber sealer in a shower?

In standard poured shower pan construction there is normally a rubber layer between the bottom flat layer, and the upper sloped layer. Today I came across the following "updated" method: (credit: ...
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How do I build a form and pour a concrete pad?

I have a new safe that I want to put out in the garage. I'd like for it to be in a specific corner, but that corner has a few quirks. First, the slab is pretensioned. No cutting, drilling, coring, ...
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What are some good concrete and foundation books?

I've done all sorts of home repairs and projects, but never concrete work. I've been looking for a good book to help me learn how to build concrete foundations for a home, and how to pour and finish ...
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How long does radiant heat in a concrete floor last?

I am looking to purchase a home built in 1950 that has radiant heat with copper pipes inside the concrete slab foundation. The home has been vacant for a little while now too, not sure if that ...
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How to mount hooks into concrete ceiling that must be able to support several times bodyweight?

I am on the top floor of a loft apartment that used to be a factory. I want to install several hooks or some other fixture into my concrete ceiling from which I can hang gymnastic rings, a punching ...
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How many bags of concrete do I need?

I would like to make a small concrete slab of the following dimensions. Length: 1.2m Width: 0.86m Depth: 0.09m The cubic volume as i understand it is all those numbers multiplied. result: 0.0929m2 ...
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What is this burnt cement floor treatment called?

In Brazil we have a floor finish named Burnt Cement (that doesn't involve burning). Here is a description of the process In summary, you use a mix of cement and pigment (sometimes marble powder too) ...
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Is it wise to cut a long trench in concrete slab foundation?

I've got a two-car garage (4-inch concrete slab on grade) that I'm turning into living space. I want to put a bathroom out there but I need to get plumbing through the floor. I didn't think it was ...
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Can a cheap angle grinder be used to cut concrete and ceramic tiles?

I am interested in the Black & Decker KG100 600W Angle Grinder because it is cheap enough. I will only use it occasionally for small scale do-it-yourself home improvement works. But, I really ...
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Can I use blind rivets in concrete?

Somebody told me about using blind rivets (5mm) to attach drywall steel tracks on concrete floor and ceiling. Do that really works? How good is this compared with bushing and screw?
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What type of wall construction is shown in these pictures?

These photos were taken through a small hole in the wall of a house. They are of the inside of the cavity. The hole they were taken through is at a height of about 60cm from the internal ground floor ...
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Why are my concrete water tanks not retaining water?

I have concrete water tanks, where I grow ornamental fish. Recently on draining the tanks to clean, I observed that they do not retain the water. The tanks drain over time, ...
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How do I create a curved surface drain out of concrete?

I have a barn and a pump house (10x16) structure that are within 3 feet of each other, built in 1910. The barn's foundation is field-stone, mostly exposed on the side of the pump-house. There is a ...
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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 you secure wood framing to a concrete basement floor?

I'm using Pressure treated lumber for the bottom plate in a basement finishing project. What should I use to seperate the wood from the concrete? What are ways to secure the bottom plate to the ...
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Is it possible to paint concrete pavers

I have a large paved area that I would like to replace with lawn. My plan is to use some of the pavers as a border. They're plain concrete pavers (450x450mm) that look like this except about 20 years ...
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How can I replace laminate with polished concrete flooring?

I'd like to investigate whether I can replace my first-level flooring - currently faux-wood laminate - with polished concrete. What do I need to know? Is it even practical to put down polished ...
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Is it safe to drill small holes in load-bearing concrete beams for expansion bolts?

It seems to be very common to drill small holes in any kind of structural concrete for mounting fixtures without worrying too much about any kind of reduction in strength of the structure, but I ...
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How do I safely install a pole/mast on our roof?

We are installing a pole/mast for wireless communication equipment on the roof of our commercial building. The pole will need to rise 2m above the roofline. Obviously we want the pole to be as ...
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Should I use solid concrete or cement block for an egress window well?

I am having some contractors build a window well for an egress window at my house. I have the option of doing solid concrete walls for the window well, or cement blocks (which he said he will fill ...
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How should I build an exterior door landing pad?

I've got a building with several exterior doors (all opening inward). The slab and walk-up is about 18+" from the ground. Code requires that I have a 36"x36" landing pad outside each exterior door. ...
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What cement product should I use to fix a hole in my slab?

I was removing old thinset and self-leveling cement in an area in preparation to tile it when the 6" chisel and demo hammer I was using sunk in to a specific spot. I found that this specific spot had ...
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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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How can I remove ridges from a concrete shower pan?

I recently laid a new concrete shower pan, and went around the drain radially, which created some circular ridges. I'd like to make the pan as smooth as possible, but these ridges are currently 1/8" ...
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What is the difference between fire cement and fire concrete?

I am trying to build a foundry. The Youtube video refers to 4:1 Perlite:Fire Cement. But the shop also offers Fire Concrete. I don't know what's the difference. Could someone please explain the ...
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Is it normal to find cracks in new concrete?

I'm having a house built and they just completed pouring the slab for the foundation a few days ago. When I inspected it today I noticed several narrow (but sometimes long; one or two do them appear ...
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How do I fix an uneven cement floor prior to hard wood flooring install?

I have recently ripped up carpet and padding on a cement floor for a sixth floor condo unit. I plan on installing 3/4" Bella, 3' wide flooring on it. The problem is that there is a ridge, about 1/8", ...
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How do I hang a chair from a concrete ceiling from a single hook?

I'm putting in a "hanging chair" in the basement and it's supposed to hang from a single hook in the ceiling. The ceiling is reinforced concrete. Now, I'm about 125 kilograms (275 lbs) so I reckon ...
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How can I get windshield wiper fluid stains out of my garage floor?

My car's windshield wiper fluid reservoir had a leak and quite a bit of it soaked into my garage floor (which is a light concrete). It happened over night, so it soaked quite a bit. Now the floor is ...
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Should I use concrete, or some other method to fix this entry area?

I have an entry walkway that's 9ft x 4ft by my front door that I need to fix so it is solid ground. I was thinking of putting concrete down and then laying tile on top of the concrete. I have some ...
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Do they make a non-liquid concrete/mortar color additive?

I've been trying to find a cement additive to change the color of some mortar, but only seem to be able to find it in liquid form at my local big-box hardware store. I'm looking for a similar ...
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How to make 3“ concrete ”legs" via reusable casting structure?

I have a design for a (set of) planter(s) I'm trying to make, and to make the design I have in mind, I need an 18" long 3" OD leg with a bit of rebar in them. (let's say 100 of these bad boys in ...
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Can I use landscaping lava rock as a concrete slab base?

The side of our house if continually overrun with weeds. I'm thinking of fencing it in and laying some concrete to prevent the weeds and provide some storage area. Currently there is red lava rock ...
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Driveway expansion joints are rotting wood: What to replace the wood?

My driveway was poured in sections with lengths of 2x4 which remained between the slabs as expansion joints. Due to heaving and moisture many of these are in poor shape. I replaced one once by ...
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How can I remove water-based emulsion paint from paving slabs?

On painting the bedrooms in our new house, we've gotten some (mainly) water-based paint on some of the paving slabs on the patio. A little of it may be oil-based gloss we used for skirting boards, but ...
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Would wrapping a wood fence post in plastic help protect it?

I'm geting ready to install a couple new wooden privacy fence gates on the sides of our house. One of my co-workers suggested to wrap the 4"x4" with plastic stretch wrap around the 2' part that will ...