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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Water coming in through the walls of an old concrete garage

I recent bought a house with a detached garage, made of old concrete (high aggregate content) reinforced with steel rods and set into a hill. Built in 1938 or so; no waterproofing. Now that Boston ...
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How to add on to a concrete patio?

I would like to add on to my existing concrete patio with more concrete. I will about double the size of the patio. My question is, should I have the new patio free floating from the existing or ...
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What is involved in enlarging a concrete garage door opening?

I have a concrete garage with an opening measuring 99" wide by 85" high. There is 10" of concrete from the door opening to the left and right walls and about 1' above. All walls are 8" thick and ...
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re-using wood from a concrete form?

I strive to not waste materials wherever possible, and "use once then discard" methods are particularily irksome. So with this mind, what suggestions do you have for enabling re-use of lumber used for ...
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How can I paint a concrete floor?

I have an ugly black concrete floor in the laundry and I would like to paint it white over the top. I have a few questions. What different steps do you take when you are painting over a color rather ...
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Patching a cracked concrete/brick walkway

A smallish part of the concrete/brick walkway leading up to my front door has broken off. The cracked piece is about six inches long by two inches wide. How do I go about repairing this? Is this ...
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Does concrete sealant slow the growth of moss?

Does sealant like Thompson's WaterSeal slow the growth of moss on concrete? I live in the rainy Pacific Northwest and moss and mold are regular problems.
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How can I level my basement floor, which has a 4-inch dip?

I googled today on how to level a basement floor. Most people recommend using SLC (self leveling concrete)... I don't think I can just use that because of the pitch of my floor (and from what I hear, ...
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How can I repair deteriorating concrete walls?

Our garage is about 80 years old and made of steel-reinforced concrete. The inspector deemed it structurally sound, but cosmetically the interior is a mess. The concrete has come loose (it is old ...
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How do I prepare an interior cement floor for painting?

I have an enclosed carport that serves as 4th bedroom/den in a 30 year old house. This room has long been used as storage, etc, and is in fairly bad shape. I'm rehabbing it to serve as a home office, ...
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Pouring a concrete slab against my house: how to frame it up against the outside wall?

I have a concrete front stoop that drains some water into the basement, so I am going to knock it out and pour a new slab with better grading. The slab will be about 4 feet square, and fits into a ...
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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 50's? The slab as far as I can tell is not insulated at all and results in a very cold floor and living ...
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Where can I find unsanded epoxy grout? [closed]

I have a concrete counter that is a bit unusual in that the surface layer is just concrete dye. It looks awesome, very earthy mix of colors, but unfortunantly it cracks, pulls up a bit. I tried ...
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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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How to hang a baby cradle from a concrete ceiling?

I am considering buying a baby cradle that will hang from the ceiling. We have a concrete ceiling in the apartment and I am not sure that it will be possible to install it safely. It needs to be able ...
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Why won't my plugs stay put in concrete wall? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why would plastic anchors pull out of the wall? I have drilled holes in my concrete wall (good hard concrete) with a regular 8 mm concrete drill. They all seem like good ...
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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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What is “mud-jacked”, and why is it not done in the UK?

I have seen of few questions/answers about "mud-jacked", but I have never come across it in the uk.
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How do I make a fake rock finish for a water feature?

I would like to create basin for a water feature. It would look really cool if it can have a fake rock finish. How would I go about creating it? What material would be recommended, I have seen a ...
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Will running a dehumidifier near new concrete cause it to cure poorly?

I have a new house with high humidity in the basement. Will running a dehumidifier constantly cause the new concrete to cure poorly?
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Would building a partial raised wall for a pond in this way be strong enough?

I just read your answers about "Building a raised wall for a pond." Although quite detailed, I am not very physics minded and hope someone will give me a thumbs up or down. I have a pond that is ...
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leveling concrete floor

I have to level a concrete floor that is more than 2 inches out of level. Should I be using self leveler, or concrete? Is 2" too much for self leveler?
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“Draining” concrete blocks?

We've recently had exterior waterproofing applied our house. In the process, we removed an old cold room that was underneath our porch. They walled up the entrance to the old cold room, and then ...
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Does 100 yr old concrete floor need replacing?

Our house was built in 1905 and the concrete floor is uneven and gets a lot of moisture at times. We replaced the gutters which helped a little. We'd like to finish the basement, maybe use stained ...
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What are my options for resurfacing or repainting my old concrete steps?

My front steps are very old. The paint was chipping off so I used a chemical paint stripper to remove it. I also used a pressure washer to get the rest of it off. I would like to stain the steps ...
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How do I alter the shape of my existing concrete steps?

I have some concrete steps from my back door that I plan to cover with paver brick, so that they tie in aesthetically with my new paver patio. The existing steps are rectangular, but I want them to be ...
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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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Is it possible to patch concrete stairs?

At my church, there is an old set of stairs made of concrete. They've begun to crumble on the top to the point where the treads are no longer flat and smooth. I've not seen any material that has ...
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How do I fix my crawlspace's mould problem given the floor is an improperly poured slab of concrete?

I have a 50 year old backsplit, with a minor mould problem in the crawlspace. There are a couple of wet spots that can be fixed with simple exterior grade changes, and one spot that will need to be ...
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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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Should I seal, waterproof a concrete basement floor before painting?

What is the best sealer/waterproofer to put on a basement floor that I just want to paint. New construction, no water problems, but washer & drier & water heater are in basement and add to ...
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Do I need to do more prep work on this cement floor before putting in new tile?

In my basement i have a poured concrete floor, and we're re-doing the bathroom down there. It used to have Vinyl flooring, and we ripped it all up. The top vinyl part came up easily, but it left a bit ...
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How can I hang a framed picture onto a wallpapered concrete wall without damaging the wall surface?

I have a framed picture about two feet by three feet in size that weighs about one pound (not a sheet of paper). I want to hang it onto a wall that is of full-blown hard concrete and covered with ...
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How do I handle a transition from concrete to dirt underneath a flagstone patio?

I had a pool installed a few years ago and the builder threw in a narrow concrete patio around it. See fuzzy picture below (sorry about that. Google earth must be a little tipsy tonight). So now ...
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How do I properly renovate the concrete floor of my balcony?

I live in an apartment that can be characterized as an old soviet-era, 5-story, multi-apartment, concrete block-based building. That means, everything was built by "stroybat" a soviet-time army ...
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Where can I buy a concrete gate post in the style of this 1930’s gate post?

We are about to get a wall rebuilt and it would be great if we could have gate posts that where in the same style as the rest of the road. As I don't know the same of the style I have nothing to ...
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How to repair cracks in concrete overhang over entrance

I have a slab of concrete over the front entrance of my house with some serious cracks in it. I don't actually know what the proper name for it is, which makes this difficult to Google - so I've ...
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How can I clean a very dirty concrete basement floor?

My basement floor has been made amazingly gross (thank you, cats) and I'd like to get it really clean. Is there an option other than scrubbing on hands and knees? Are there cleaning solutions that ...
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How should I prepare an all-concrete warehouse space before building out?

I haven't put together my complete buildout plan yet, but I expect that most of the preparatory steps are the same regardless of where I'm going with it. The space is approx 100'x100'x16', and ...
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How to find the concrete beam in a sandy block ceiling?

I want to hang a ceiling fan at my apartment, where the ceiling is made mostly of a sandy material. How do I find the concrete beam going through it, assuming I do not have access to the blueprints of ...
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How can I attach normal framed walls in between concrete columns?

I'd like to add partitions to this grid of columns. I want to make "normal" walls, framed with 2x4 and faced with plywood or drywall. My concern is how to attach the walls to the columns. Naively, I ...
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Is it ok to use pneumatic tools underwater

I have a concrete that is stuck underwater. The concrete piece is too heavy. I think that I could break it into small pieces with my pneumatic impact drill.
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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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Heat causing concrete to heave

I mostly hear about this happening for roads on very hot days, but I'm wondering what about the heat causes the concrete to heave? Is there any concerns for foundations/garage floors/drive way heaving ...
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methods of detecting a copper pipe in concrete floor

We believe that our copper water line is embedded in the concrete (and rebar) basement floor. We would like to excavate a hole to install a sump pump. We don't want to hit the copper line which we ...
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How to build up concrete slurry under a new bath

I'm replacing our bath. It is a standard built-in plastic bathtub, with a concrete slurry built up underneath it. I talked to a builder some time ago who explained that it was to support the weight of ...
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How to mitigate and/or repair concrete frets (slab edge wetting)

A building engineer made a report of problems with our property. One issue raised was "slab edge wetting" by which the building engineer meant that the concrete slab on which the house is built is ...
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How should I install a hoist given that the walls and ceiling are made of concrete?

I have this hoist, of the engine-lifting variety, which is designed to be installed below a pipe or beam. I do not have any load bearing pipes or beams. What I have are a poured concrete ceiling (9" ...
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New Concrete Patio Options

We would like to put in a new concrete patio. We are looking at a stamped concrete patio for durability and visual appeal. What other options are there? What are the pros and cons of the different ...
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What are my refinishing options for a concrete patio?

I have an external concrete patio, about 3 years old. I'm wondering if there are any finishing or refinishing options to make it look a little better than just boring 'ole concrete.