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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How can I pour a concrete pad with a circular hole in it?

Essentially, I'd like to put down a concrete pad for a patio, but leave a couple of circular areas within that patio unpaved (for planting shrubs). I'm familiar with the techniques for using ...
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Concrete driveway in New England?

I need a new driveway and I was wondering if my only option is asphalt? I'm in Connecticut - does anyone know if I can have concrete driveway?
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Can I avoid the slab and run the new PEX through walls and interstitial space?

… and many other questions. The following is the incoming water for my small 2-story townhouse. This picture was taken in my downstairs hall closet. This is what I have figured out so far: (1) is ...
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deck post design

I am DIY building a deck and have a question about how to create the deck posts. I have dug holes 4 feet deep to compensate for the local frostline and plan to place a few inches of gravel at the ...
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What will happen to the concrete I tint with latex paint?

Considering following the advice on pinterest to replace 1/4 of the water in some concrete with latex house paint to tint it. Wondering if anyone has done this and knows if this will actually affect ...
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concrete slab up over vinyl siding

I tore out my front porch slab so I can waterproof the foundation. It was also sinking and since it has a column to support an overhang, that's a problem. My question is what should I do about where ...
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What product should I use to adhere pavers to an old concrete sidewalk?

We want to 'dress' up an old concrete sidewalk with pavers, but don't know if we should adhere them with mortar or some type of adhesive material. Which method would be the most durable in the long ...
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How tall can I go above ground with a concrete footing?

I am building a 20' x 20' foot deck with a 10' x 12' Pavilion in one corner, away from the house.I need the concrete footings for the pavilion to be flush or just above the surface of the deck. There ...
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How can I fix gaps at the bottom of concrete stairs?

How can I fix or skirt my concrete outdoor stairs? They are bolted on to the side of my house, and are left hanging with gaps all around at the the bottom. They are very sturdy and I don't really want ...
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Should I move this support post in my basement?

I am trying to create a new bedroom in the basement. The first problem I hit is that there is this short concrete "wall" with a post coming out of it. Actually, the post is 3 2x4's joined together. ...
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How to install bathtub

I want to install a tub on basement bath where drain pipes are already installed and sticking out from concrete floor. I need to know how to raise the level of the tub from the floor in order to have ...
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What kind of paint should be used on an outdoor concrete walkway?

I have an outdoor walkway that was freshly painted just before I bought my house two years ago. Two winters have worn down the paint and now it needs another coat or the exposed concrete will crumble. ...
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Can I rest cement posts directly on the bedrock to build a structure for a large shed?

So I live in Canada, where winters are cold, and where there's not much soil above the bedrock. I would like to build a sturdy structure for an existing "shed" (in fact a 100-year old former stable or ...
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Replacing Kool decking

I want to replace my cracked and bumpy Kool deck. What do I need to do to take it completely off my pool deck?
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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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How do I fix sticky KILZ primer?

Has anyone ever had problems with an oil-based primer like KILZ being sticky or not drying correctly? We removed some vinyl tiles and mastic from a basement laundry room floor (concrete) using BEAN-...
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Which type of mortar or cement to set electrical box?

I have cut out two holes for 4", metal electrical boxes to be set in to the exterior walls of an old block and stucco garage. I need to secure the boxes by setting them in either concrete or mortar, ...
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Is it possible to create a 4“x4” channel through concrete using acid?

I'm trying to figure out a possible way to eat through concrete without damage pex tubing inside (its a radiant heated slab). Is there any way using some type of acid (hydrofluoric, muriatic ) to eat ...
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Damp slab in my living room

I live in FL and have a damp area on my slab in my living room in front of my front bay window which does not have a gutter. As a result I have a musty smell in my house. I bought some UGL DRYLOK ...
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Deck Footing capacity with BigFoot base

I'm planning a new deck (completely replacing and enlarging an existing deck). The deck will be 25'x15' w/25 ft being attached to the house. I'm trying to determine what footings are required. ...
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A-Frame for a hoist?

I need to move a heavy-ish piece of concrete, a part of a garden sculpture, weighing about 300lbs, to about chest height. I'd like a hoist, but don't know the equipment I'd need to assemble an A-Frame-...
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Are there any penetrating sealers for concrete countertops that will darken the color?

I am in the process of grinding and polishing a pour-in-place concrete countertop. When I am done, I want to seal with a penetrating sealer. I don't want a surface epoxy or wax sealer. I like the ...
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how can I check to see if a 4" slab of concrete was actually poured?

I had a driveway poured three years ago. After a crack in the walkway appeared and two more developed in the driveway itself, my husband began to get suspicious that I wasn't given a 4" slab. If we ...
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concrete drive heaves where it meets garage floor

This past winter, my concrete driveway heaved 1.5" above where it meets the garage floor. It is three years old. Also, we dug along the sides of the drive to try to guage if a 4" slab was actually ...
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What is this crystal on my concrete?

My concrete has an old unknown spill which appears in the newly warm moist weather to be forming crystals or hairs. It doesn't have direct water on it, and hasn't been damp recently. What is the ...
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How do I shim a steel structure?

I need to affix my steel stringers to a concrete beam. Since the beam was poorly executed, it is not plumb. On this piece I will weld some 5 mm thick plate on the backing, that will have holes for ...
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Do I need a header for an egress window?

I am in the process of finishing a bedroom in my basement. I need to add a window to the room and the selected wall is poured concrete. I need to know if I have to add a header above the window in the ...
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How should I extend a concrete patio under an existing deck?

I have a 18x20 second floor deck with three 6x6 support posts. Under the deck is a 40-year-old, well-settled, 12x20x6" concrete patio. The deck posts are set outside of the patio, set on footings ...
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How can I remove 6-8 inches of concrete from a wooden floor?

I have inherited a 143 year old building. Somewhere in the past someone poured 6 to 8 inches of concrete over top the wood bathroom floor. I really want the weight out of the building. Any ideas on ...
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Concrete caulk vs expanding polyurethane crack sealant

I'm starting to finish my basement. First step is sealing up some various places water has come in over the years. I've already fixed grading outside, but also want to seal inside. I have one crack ...
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Help! enclosed porch/sunroom foundation

We just purchased a home and now that the snow level is not 4 feet high ( we live in central NY ) we see that the concrete patio/foundation has horizontal cracks, and crumbling along the side, corner ...
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What should I do with a large gap in a concrete floor

The grout in the tile has cracked or separated all the way across the house from one side to the other. I figured it was normal due to settling. In the kitchen it has become really bad, to the point ...
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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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How to fake this concrete effect with paint?

I'm attempting to imitate this concrete wall (at least I think it's real concrete!), using acrylic paint. For my initial attempt I was thinking of working with two grays (one slightly lighter) - ...
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What's the proper way to address a moisture issue in a concrete slab?

About 4 years ago my wife & I purchased a home. It was approximately 10 years old at that time. The foundation is a concrete slab. Approximately 2-3 years before we purchased the house, the ...
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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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What can I do about this deteriorating staircase?

The side entrance stairs to my home are deteriorating. They appear to be several different patches, coats and possibly capped concrete. I have a temporary fix lined up to make it safe for travel. My ...
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Will using concrete anchors in wall studs cause problems?

While installing a wall mount for a 48" TV, I realized I made a mistake. I drilled a ⅜ pilot hole in the wall stud and then installed the anchors provided with the mount that the lag bolts would be ...
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What should I do with tree root upheaval in front of my drive way?

I have noticed an issue in front of my drive way. On the left side of my house, one of concrete slabs has been lifted by tree roots. The problem seems to get worse as time goes on. I am living in a ...
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How can I close off a toilet drain in a concrete floor

I want to remove the toilet and turn the bathroom into a laundry room. How can I close off the drain?
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How to prevent concrete roof from Absorbing water

It's winter again and rainwater still collects on my flat roof due to it's bad tilt, Because of that the concrete absorbs a lot of that water into the second floors roof and it's really visible on the ...
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How can I stop a porch crack from causing internal cracking?

My front porch slab has cracked and part is at least an inch lower. It is supporting the roof. Now there is a crack going up the inside of my drywall at the same place. Suggestions on how to solve ...
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What is recommended method to fix sunken garage floor slab?

I have an attached one car garage where the floor slab seems to have sunken in one corner by about an inch and a half and varies lesser amounts in other areas. The slabs continues behind the garage ...
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When to use concrete plasticizer

When should one use a concrete plasticizer? Should it be used for internal floor slab?
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What can I do about my deteriorating basement floor with a large hole that seems to go right through to clay?

We live in 90 year old house with an unfinished basement. I've been working on removing a lot of the crap that the previous owner did, and removing a lot of concrete debris. Then I ran into this ...
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How can I remedy moisture intrusion from my concrete slab?

We bought a house a little over a year ago. The old carport had been converted into a den. It had musty, dirty carpet, so we ripped it out. A big problem we ran into is that we live in west Tennessee ...
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How to install level wood header under sloping garage door opening

I am wood framing concrete garage door opening described with pictures in this question. Top concrete header is about 2" inches out of level across 9' opening length. I want to install 2x8 PT header ...
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How can I level a sagging concrete floor in a condo building?

I am purchasing a second floor condo that has a huge sag in a corner of one of the bedrooms. There is approximately a 1 foot drop in the corner. The issue has been resolved in the basement footings ...
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Is it okay to build a fire pit with concrete?

I want to put a small fire pit (3ft x 3ft) into backyard. I checked the stone options at home depot & lowes and just the material will cost around $250. I was thinking about building a mold and ...
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How can I fill a void in a concrete seawall?

My concrete seawall (on a freshwater lake) has a void in a bottom corner. It seems to have been created with the void -- it's not a result of trapped water freezing and pushing out a chunk. I'd like ...