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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Should I stain or paint my blotchy concrete?

The house I just moved into has a lot of white spots all over the concrete. I want to stain the whole slab to get it looking fresh and nice. I had a couple contractors come out to help me resolve the ...
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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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How can I prevent clothes and food stuff from going bad in a moist cabinet

My neighbors are constructing their house from ground up. We have concrete structures for almost all buildings here. When the walls are ready they need to water it so the concrete settles and get ...
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How to insulate a concrete slab foundation in an older house?

What are some ways to insulate a concrete slab type foundation in an older home built in the 1950's? As far as I can tell, the slab is not insulated at all and results in a very cold floor and living ...
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replace load bearing post with steel column

So I have a joist that stops short of a stairwell and doesn’t connect to the foundation and I’m going to move the supporting beam back 2 feet (it’s about an 8 ft run between the header and other ...
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Low spot in patio

I have a low spot where rain/snow melt pools in a stamped concrete patio. There is a small crack that runs through the low spot. I know it's not an ideal situation as I live in an area that has ...
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Ground level deck - how to attach bearers to concrete

I'm building a free-standing deck that is at ground level on one side, and the ground slopes away to about 60cm on the other. My question is, what's the best approach for the bearers at the point ...
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What is the difference between building sand and plaster sand

Recently I mixed a batch of mortar for building and was unsure if the hardware provided me with building sand or plaster sand.. What are the properties that differentiate the two? and are there any ...
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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 move a slab of concrete?

I want to build a fence in my backyard by my garbage stand is sitting on a concrete slab and that slab is in the way of where I want to put the fence so I want to move it over a few feet. The slab of ...
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What finish should I use for concrete on stairs?

I want to remove the carpets on the stairs in my duplex. it is a concrete staircase. I think I would need to repair it and then I want to coat it and leave it bare. what would be a good coat to use? ...
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Recessed lighting in existing concrete light fixture

I have some light fixtures that are currently used and covered with blind plates in the corners of a concrete ceiling room. I was wonder if there was anyway to convert those existing light boxes to ...
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How to stop water seaping inbetween concrete slabs

I have two slabs in a Home Office converted from a garage. The regular garage slab and another which is about 6 inch higher than the garage one. The lower one has a wall between the two except for a ...
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Increasing subfloor thickness under new shower pan

I ripped my old shower down to the studs and joists. The studs were rotten, the subfloor was rotten, and the top of the joists (in some places) were weak and rotten. I plan on replacing some studs ...
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How do I add veneer stone to an exterior painted wall?

I have an exterior painted wall and am interested in installing a stone veneer. I realize that I may have to install wire mesh to the areas but I'm wondering if there is a material that can be used to ...
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Ceramic tiles on concrete walls

Can I put ceramic tiles right on my poured basement walls ? I want to put a shower in and tile the walls floor and cieling. Should I put a false wall and tile over it or can I put ceramic right on ...
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Trying to finish a full basement but footers arent deep enough?

I have a full basement that we are wanting to finish, we hired a contractor to come out and estimate and he said we couldn't do it at all because of the slope of the land the footers weren't deep ...
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Can I use self-leveling concrete on a very not-level surface?

My garage floor is probably 50 years old and is severely pitted, and decidedly not level. I don't mind it being un-level, but it's so not smooth that sweeping is much harder than it should be. Can I ...
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Insulating the concrete attic with rockwool slabs

I want to insulate the attic with rockwool slabs in an unusual way. My house is old and we may have to rebuilt a new house in next 5 years, so I do not want to spend a lot of money on this. Attic / ...
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Description of Concrete Classification Numbers (e.g. C15, C25 etc.)

I was reading my plumbing code and came across mysterious concrete classification numbers like C15 and C25. I tried googling it and only came across a couple of sources describing these numbers (like ...
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Need to move concrete slabs to backyard

I am building a pizza oven for the backyard and part of the build instructions said to build three concrete slabs (2 that are 47" x 20" x 5.5" and another that is 47" x 29.5" x 5.5"). It asks you to ...
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Concrete porches pulling away from home and cracking

I have an 1940'sish home with old concrete porches (x3) they are cracking, chipping, and pulling away from the home. Would I be able to repair them? If not could I build a deck over them (wooden)? I ...
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How do I remove adhesive from outdoor concrete deck that is textured?

I have an outdoor deck that had the old green carpet truf glued down. I removed it some time ago and want to remove the adhesive from the concrete, it has the brushed finish so the adhesive is in the ...
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Retrofitting a sloped bathroom floor

Current Situation I have a ground-floor bathroom (2.1m x 2.7m) with a level concrete base which has a smooth finish with some type of self-levelling aggregate. At present the concrete is covered with ...
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pouring concrete right next to asphalt driveway

I am planning to install trench drain in front of my garage. The driveway to the garage is asphalt (less than 2" thick), and the space between the trench drain and asphalt will be filled with concrete....
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Few questions about concrete/cement wall inside of the apartment and which screws to use

I live in an apartment building that has concrete/cement walls. I am still not sure which one it is. I included the image which has the wall in the background. I would like to know which screws i ...
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Moist sandy gravel between frost-proof monolithic slab and insulation. Is it going to freeze and expand?

I’m planning on pouring a monolithic slab with insulation beneath to prevent frost heave of the ground below. It’s a somewhat common technique, there’s just not many folks I can find in Massachusetts ...
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Is there a purpose for the concrete border at base of this house?

My wife and I are in negotiations to purchase a house that is located in the Southeastern US. The home inspector was a bit baffled by the concrete border (first image) that runs along the back and ...
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Driveway conversion to dog play area

I have a concrete driveway in mediocre condition (square slabs that are of varying conditions--some small cracks) that is on the side of the house which is narrow enough that it is not very functional ...
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Extending concrete Slab

I have a 10 x 10 slab (4 inches thick) that is already in my back yard in the corner. I bought a kit to build a 10 x 10 shed on it, and then realized that would put it right up to my fence. So my ...
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Concrete driveway cured too soon and surface cement washed away

I had someone pour a concrete driveway for me. About 6 hours after it was poured it felt like it had solidified and was now only a little damp so I wanted to start curing it. I used a hose to spray ...
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What is an appropriate sealer for a Papercrete bench?

I've built a bench out of tires and papercrete two years ago. i've sealed it with lime plaster. in the past two years it held up against 500 m"m of rain in the winter and Mediterranean sun 7 month ...
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Concrete Steps Moving Away From House

I recently noticed that the steps on my front door appear to be moving away from my house. The gap is large enough that some small critters appear to be getting in the gap to setup a nice home for ...
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Do I really need to use primer when painting an unfinished concrete floor?

I'm turning a one car garage into an office and want to paint the floor. I bought some Behr concrete paint, and the guy at Home Depot insisted that I have to put down a layer of primer first. Do I ...
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How should I fill in pits in a concrete floor so I can install laminate?

I have these holes in the concrete floor, and I want to install laminate floor. What can I do to fill in these holes to get a nice level surface.
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This hole in a concrete porch needs fixing

I might buy this house and have never lived there. The porch has an big air space of maybe 4 feet underneath the slab. Some of the rebar at the bottom edge of the slab is visible when peering in. The ...
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Fixing Incorrect Concrete Application

I have a 400 Square Foot garage that has a lot of gouges in the concrete floor. I purchased some primer and Concrete Leveler in order to fix the gouges. I made a mistake and accidently mixed 4 times ...
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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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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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Stem wall forming questions

I'm getting ready to build a new detached garage - excavator coming this weekend! After getting a few bids, I've decided I'm going to pour the footer & stem wall myself, and contract the flatwork....
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Concrete Slab touching siding and accumulating moisture

In my house there is a concrete patio which is touching siding and foundation. Since the grade of the patio is not correct near the place it touches the siding water puddles in it after rain. I am ...
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How do I seal the cracks between my asphalt driveway and my garage concrete slab?

I am not sure if this is an aesthetic problem or not. I suspect that if I do not fix the damage properly the water will continue to infiltrate the cracks and it will create larger problems in the ...
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How to put up a very small barrier on concrete to stop water running past it

I have a concrete driveway that leads to the garage, with a very slight slope towards the garage. When it really rains hard, the water comes down into the garage. I don't want a very high barrier, ...
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Proper method to seal a heated crawl space

I have a heated crawlspace with a dirt floor. There are no vents, it is fully connected to the house, and currently has a pool liner and vapour barrier stretched over it, but it is not sealed. There ...
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Maximum height of hand-shaped concrete curb?

I need to guide water flow at the end of my driveway (see this question). My plan is to put in a concrete curb or hump to guide the water. I've gone all over the map in thinking of how to build it, ...
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White stuff coming out of my wall when dry

We painted my wall two times already first was a dark blue and some white powdery stuff was spreading after the paint dried, now we painted it again now in purple and it still has the white stuff when ...
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Cracks in basement cement just poured

I saw this in my wall that was just poured. Contractor says its not a problem, I think it is.
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Can I use mortar to roughly level a basement floor for workshop?

I recently got my foundation repaired and am left with a very cracked and uneven concrete floor next to the wall. Along the very edge any leveling compound would be at least an inch deep. All I plan ...
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Cracks in a newly constrcuted basement wall?

Pic 1 shows the newly constructed basement (Just 4 days) wall and It can clearly seen the crack across the wall (Not sure whether its crack or not but looks like) due to pouring concrete. I wonder ...