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 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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Wet Exterior wall

ok so I had some water issues in my basement recently. Taking a good look at all the possible causes I noticed the landscaping around the front my house was slopping in towards the house. So to fix ...
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What are the dimensions of the steel in the concrete slabs on the upper floors of my house?

Drilling holes (for curtains) in the ceiling of the 1st floor(2nd floor in the US) of my house I ran into a steel rod in the middle, running parallel to the outer wall. The steel is about 2.5cm in ...
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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 caulk vertical seams of concrete step risers?

I am recaulking some concrete steps, and the concrete/masonry caulk I bought says it's self leveling and for horizontal surfaces only. Are there caulks that are meant for concrete but will adhere ...
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Can I tile over Linoleum felt paper on a concrete slab?

I have a contractor coming in to tile my home. My floor is a post tension concrete slab, home is only 4 yrs old. The contractor said they could just tile right over the linoleum, but after reading ...
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How do I prepare this exterior concrete wall for paint?

I have a an exterior concrete wall that had some loose paint and started scraping away. The paint in some sections was so loose that I went all the way to the bare concrete, peeling away over 6 layers ...
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Preserving cracked concrete

I have a garage built with concrete blocks and the walls are surrounded on the outside by a layer of concrete rendering. The problem is that large cracks have built up in the rendering over time, ...
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How can I paint/stain an interior concrete floor?

I have a very lovable aging bulldog who has peed on the wall-to-wall carpet enough that I'm ripping it out. It's over twenty years old anyway. The subfloor is a concrete slab. My goal is to make the ...
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How do I repair the bottom lip of a concrete slab?

(My issue is kind of like this question but more of a missing chunk than a thin crack.) I have a concrete patio in the front of my house that was fixed by a previous owner after a bottom chunk broke ...
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How to remove flaking concrete sealer/paint

After my basement flooded and I removed the carpet I found the previous owner had sealed the floor but it's flaking up now and I want to remove it all. It's about 200 sqft so a wire brush by hand is ...
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Worth it to add footing insulation if there's already a thermal break?

I've been considering insulating the outside perimeter footings of my 1972 ranch house in northern New Mexico. The slab-on-grade it's built on (that constitutes the subfloor) reaches a temperature ...
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How to prevent outdoor wall touching concrete fom getting moisture issues?

In my house the drywall is contact with the concrete. This is putting lot of moisture in the drywall and eventually it will start to rot. What is the best solution in this case to isolate the wall ...
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Cinder Blocks crumbling

As it is evident from the pictures, cinder blocks on the bottom of the wall are disintegrating. I have tried painting with special paint but it continues to happen. How do I replace them? Why is ...
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What should I do about a horizontal crack around my porch slab?

This crack runs all the way around my porch slab but doesn't go into the foundation where the basement starts. The ranch house was built in 1956. The porch was framed in and our office is in there ...
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How should the concrete anchoring some fenceposts relate to the driveway they're puncturing?

I'm about to have some 8" cores drilled through a concrete driveway in order to run a fence across it. I'll use 4x4 posts, probably cedar, sunk several feet deep and anchored in concrete. Should the ...
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Renovating Crawlspace with Poured Concrete Floor

My newly-purchased 1950s home has a below-grade crawlspace with a poorly-poured concrete floor. Specifically, it is very coarse and looks like it was poured and spread with a garden rake. In some ...
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How do I level a concrete basement floor with a 1" dip?

I want to level my concrete basement floor, but on one end it slants down over 1" (over a 3'x15' run). Can I fill this area before using self-leveling compound, to save money, or what else could I ...
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Basement subfloor, how exactly should I do it?

I am finishing a basement with my father and want to put in a subfloor. I know if there was ever enough water I would probably have to replace the floor anyways but want to give myself a couple inches ...
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How do I replace a wooden fence post that was set in concrete?

I need to replace a wooden fence post that was set into concrete. The post has snapped through rot at the base and the rot has set in so far that the post snapped about 2 inches beneath the surface. ...
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how to repair large, uneven crack in concrete floor

I have a really long (about 20') uneven crack in my cement garage floor. Not only is it jagged, but the sides of the crack range from flat to about 1/2" high. I want to level the sides of the crack, ...
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options for new floor over concrete slab

I am in the middle of a basement renovation, roughly 1000 sq feet. The existing floor is some sort of vinyl sheet material over concrete slab. There is an existing floor drain in the current washing ...
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How to fix leak in ABS pipe going into cement

I discovered a leak in the drain pipe from my kitchen sink (and dishwasher) as it joins with the main drain in my basement floor. The leak is at a Y junction - the bottom of the Y is in the slab, one ...
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Should I be able to just peel tile off the wall by hand if it is installed right?

We hired a contractor to remodel our master bathroom. For the tile installation in the shower, he started with a float-cement backing. To show quick progress, he rushed through this step and the final ...
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Rebar cattle guard

Looking for a cattle guard that can be made from available supplies at local home depot. Needs to be able to support 32,000 lbs to meet HS-20 aka cement truck. Schedule 40 re-bar has a tensile ...
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What is the best way to remove pet odor from concrete?

The concrete floor in my garage had been home to a large dog for several years. There is a visible stain and strong smell in one area of the garage floor. The concrete does not appear to be sealed ...
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Should I drill through the concrete garage wall to install a generator inlet switch inside?

I recently purchased a generator in the aftermath of the ice storms in the Northeast. I'm quit handy with the electrical wiring in my house and have no issue installing the proper circuit for the ...
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Help translate terminology relating to concrete floor construction

I just bought a house which had an extension done 12 years ago. I am about to do some work in this area and want to understand what has been done before. Below is a screen shot of the bits of the ...
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Can I install hardwood floors (not floating) on a concrete floor?

We have recently bought an old house, and the ground floor has a hard floor and is currently covered in tongue and groove laminate - which we hate. We'd like to put reclaimed floorboards down - is ...
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Can I hang a heavy weight from a concrete ceiling if I reinforce it with fiberglass?

I'm investigating the possibility of hanging a pull-up bar/ rock-climbing training board from the concrete ceiling in my apartment. The slab is 180mm (7inches) thick and the (static) weight which I ...
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What water:cement:sand ratio gives the strongest mortar?

A typical mortar mix ratio is 1 cement : 3 sand. But what is the water ratio? Is it 0.5:1:3? Would a 0.5:1:2 ratio be a stronger mortar? Our next door neighbor has a dog that digs like a pro. The ...
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Is there a maximum thickness for shower float cement?

We are currently redoing our shower and would like to use float-cement to carry the tile. The wall behind it is a bit crooked, so, to get it nice and level, the float-cement would have to be a bit ...
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How can I stop mortar plugs from popping out of slab holes?

Our termite people plugged their dozens of chemical insertion holes using a regular grout. Needless to say the plugs are popping out left and right. (They tell me that is normal, the plugs pop out in ...
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How can I stop water from coming in through a crack near the top of my bulkhead wall?

I have a bulkhead entrance to my basement. The bulkhead walls are mostly fine, with the exception being near the top. The top 6 or 8 inches or so of the walls are constructed of what appear to be ...
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Where to locate moisture barrier in engineered hardwood floor sandwich placed over insulation board?

I'm planning to install an engineered hardwood floor on a concrete slab that is very very cold. The climate is northern New Mexico. The slab perimeter is not insulated, and doing so is ...
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How can I fix an unlevel bathroom concrete floor?

In our very small bathroom (in a slab home) we have an uneven concrete floor. There is a ⅝" inch gap between the baseboard and vinyl that travels about 15½" along the baseboard. (The ...
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How to insulate slab that's been extended?

I bought a house built on a concrete slab on grade. It's an older house, so no part of the slab was insulated. At some point in the past, previous owners decided to pour concrete around the entire ...
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Slab foundation floor crack

I am purchasing a new construction home. The foundation, patio, & garage slabs were all poured at the same time, in mid-september. The home is not yet complete, but we have noticed a crack in the ...
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How to clean sand and brick dust off concrete paver blocks?

I have a floor of concrete paver blocks. There is a brown stain on them due to the presence of sand and bricks powder. I'm afraid of using more Hydrochloric acid because it didn't remove all the stain ...
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How do I fix badly peeling and hairline fractures on indoor concrete walls?

How do I paint and fix peeling paint and hairline fractures on my indoor concrete (cinder block) walls? The popcorn ceiling is a mess too.
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What should I use to fill drilled concrete holes that are not used anymore?

Just wanted to do some home repairs and found lots of old drilled holes. I've used putty to cover them up but it occurred to me that there would be air gaps for the holes as the putty cover over them ...
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What should I consider when cutting/making window in concrete foundation?

I am thinking about putting in another window for my basement apartment. I would like to know what do I need to consider before trying to find a contractor to do this. I have uploaded a picture of ...
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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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How can I smooth an uneven concrete floor?

I have had a extension built at the back of my house. It is almost complete now. I had a 6 ft. 6 in. patio door at the back of the house, and the builders left it till last to remove. This will leave ...
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Does Limecrete exist in North America?

I've been learning a little bit about limecrete And I thought it'd be fun to try a project with it (small one) but I can't seem to find it as a product in North America. Most (all?) references to ...
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Is this normal for the brick to extend past the concrete slab foundation?

I am in the process of buying a home and noticed that the brick extends past the concrete slab foundation. I checked different houses around the area and all were flush with the concrete slab. Is this ...
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Can I use EPS concrete for a fire bowl?

I found this recipe for EPS concrete, and am thinking of using it to make a fire bowl (a decorative concrete bowl like the one described here, which holds a chafing dish gel fuel pack.) I would like ...
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How to level sloped concrete ceiling, and is it worth it?

I want to remove popcorn ceiling in a 7' by 14' room and turn it into a smooth ceiling. I have just built this room. The walls are not yet painted, so now is a good time to do the ceiling. I know how ...
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How to reinstall iron stair railing in concrete that rusted out at the base?

So one day some time ago our iron stair railing going from the sidewalk to the stoop rusted through at the base of the posts and fell right over. I had a welder friend cut off the rusted portion and ...
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How do I rebuild a large fence gate?

I have a concrete driveway that continues to the side of my house, with a double gate (a person gate, and a large vehicle gate). The gates are very old and made only with 2x4 frames and standard ...