Questions tagged [concrete]

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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Fixing a Botched Exposed Aggregate Patio

After pouring a new 12'x6' patio (50 60lb bags of Quickcrete 1101) I ran out of time, and the mix had begun setting up before I could get the 3/8" gravel down and floated. Only half the gravel stuck ...
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Laying Vinyl Flooring Over Uneven Poured Concrete

I am trying to give my basement floor an update, and I have purchased a click and lock vinyl floating floor. The existing poured concrete has some raised areas (where the concrete was clumpy and not ...
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Types of floats and trowels for concrete

In Brazil there are basically 3 kinds of floats: Steel (in many shapes), used for smooth finish concrete, spreading mortar for tiles, plastering, etc. Wood (rectangular) used for rougher finish of ...
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Should I pour a footing and pier at the same time?

I am pouring concrete for deck footings. I need an 18in diameter footing to carry the weight, and I will also use a 8 in diameter pier to bring it to an inch above ground. The footing must be 30 in ...
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How do I determine the correct rise of a step for a concrete footing on a slope?

Going to be building a retaining wall in the front yard on a slope. I'm going to be using King size residential bricks to make a 2 wythe wall. Because of the slope I'll need to have 3-4 steps in the ...
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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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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 toto)...
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Can I rescue leaning concrete forms?

I'm adding to my deck. I marked off 6 holes, and dug them about 30" deep. Then I set tubes in, letting them extend about 8" above ground. I put a couple inches of rock in the bottom. I made sure the ...
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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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Concrete floor “too thin” for bolt and sleeve anchor

In our 100-year-old co-op building in NYC, I'm replacing a failed door stop with a heavier one to prevent our (very) hefty entrance door from smashing the doorway's marble. The door stop is intended ...
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Concrete mix too much Sand?

Hi Knowledgeable people, I've just dug up old fence concrete bases etc as fence blew down. Re done concrete bases, put posts up etc. And now I am looking at the concrete and am worried I've added ...
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Securing rubber mats to garage floor

I'm renting a house in which I have some gym equipment in the garage. I'm anticipating buying some 3'x4'x3/4" rubber stall mats to protect the floor and deaden noise from dropped weights. I would be ...
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How to approach insulating my rim joist

I'm working on finishing my 1924 home's basement in Minnesota and am currently working on insulation. My rim-joists look like this: 2x8 Joists with a board between each joist. Behind that board is a ...
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What type of cleaner should I use to remove a puke stain from concrete?

My cat puked on the basement floor in a couple places, but I can't seem to clean the stain. So far I've tried simply mopping with Pine-Sol®, which didn't work. Then I tried scrubbing/mopping with ...
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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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How to patch concrete as invisibly as possibe?

I had a plumbing repair done this week that required them to jackhammer a small hole through a concrete porch in front of my house. It is small enough that I’ll probably attempt the patch myself, but ...
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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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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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22kw generator mounting pad on slope

I need to build a pad for a 22kW generator I am installing for my house. The image shows the situation. This generator is quite heavy. I plan to pour a rebar reinforced 6" pad for it. My ...
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Only apply primer to concrete roof?

Our building has decided to paint a 13-ft x 13-ft section of the roof that's leaking (just a few drops with lots of rain). This roof has a fence since it's an "outdoor" area that we all share, so it's ...
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Suggestions for fixing bottom of concrete step

Part of the bottom of the side of my concrete step is crumbling away and I'm looking for advice on a reasonably quick and easy fix as I'm worried critters will get in there (if they aren't already). ...
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Will heavy rain tomorrow be a problem if I pour concrete today?

If I start pouring concrete today at 2PM while it's sunny, and it starts to rain heavily tomorrow at 2PM... and not stop raining for the next 5 days (this is the weather forecast), will my driveway be ...
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Can I sink existing concrete?

We got a house where it has a one foot strip of concrete that is 20 feet long besides a patio that is in good condition. On this 1'x20' strip there are two spots where the concrete has risen about ...
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Concrete foundation crack

Two storey home, 14yrs old. Concrete foundation. Ground is mostly clay. Steel I beam crossing the middle of the basement ceiling to distribute load. The I beam is inset into the top of the ...
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Can I repair the cracks between the bricks in my fireplace?

The bricks surrounding my fireplace have cracks between them. It's as if the thermal expansion/contraction has eroded the mortor between the bricks. I have had some serious fires in there and haven't ...
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What is the maintenance schedule for a concrete driveway?

I have a concrete driveway that I'd like to keep looking good, and in good working order. What needs to be done to maintain the driveway, and how often should it be done?
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How to prepare poured concrete wall for adhesion

I am considering the application of an artificial stone wall veneer onto a poured concrete wall. The wall is flat with no protrusions or other which might aid in adhesion. I do not know if any release ...
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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 can I mount a railing in concrete steps when I encounter rebar in the hole?

I need to install a handrail in concrete steps. The problem is that after drilling ~2" (5 cm) down into the concrete, the drill bit wouldn't go any further. I suspect I'm hitting rebar. This is about ...
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New home build - cracks in basement concrete floor

PicturesI have a new house under constructions and recently found many many cracks have developed on the concrete slab in the basement. The worst run along straight lines where the sections were ...
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What is the proper way to prevent water infiltration between exterior stairs and wall

My house has a full flight of poured concrete stairs (covered with decorative stone) that runs parallel to (and butts up against) an exterior wall. The interior wall had water stains at the basebord, ...
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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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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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How do I prepare a hole for concrete?

I removed a chimney from my house earlier this year. After everything was cleaned up, I was left with this big hole: I have two questions: (1) How do I know what type of concrete to use? (2) How do I ...
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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 a concrete driveway that has been damaged by salt?

When we moved into our house the driveway was pitted due to salt use. We would like to repair this, but we are looking to know what the best method would be. Can a new layer of concrete be added over ...
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How do I create concrete or fiberglass outdoor seating that will last?

My husband and I have a design for outdoor seating we would like to create that is organic (curvy) in shape and surfaced in mosaic designs. Think of a dragon undulating in and out of the water, the ...
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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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How can I repair my concrete porch?

I have a concrete porch upfront which has 2 pillars supporting a roof. The concrete is showing cracks and spalling. To repair can I resurface this? A friend suggested tigercrete (concrete with ...
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Leveling concrete for bathroom installation

I am installing a bathroom in my basement. There is a low spot in the concrete right were the base of the toilet would sit. What is the best way to level this so I don't have a rocking toilet? The ...
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How do I make concrete out of mortar?

I need white concrete for a countertop sample, but the only white concrete-like product is white mortar. If I just add an equal sized bag of gravel to the mortar, will it be close enough to use as ...
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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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Where to seam concrete countertop?

I'm looking to do a concrete countertop and would like some advice on where to make the seams.I was thinking either where the red or the yellow lines are. Thanks, greg
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What can I do about a house with internal concrete floor with no DPM?

My partner and I have just bought our first home.A 1950's bungalow which is need of refurbishment. So far it has thrown us a ton of surprises! The worst so far being the floor in one of the bedrooms. ...
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What is the recommended thinset when tiling over concrete?

I am about to start tiling a concrete area of my home about 220 sq feet. I was wondering if there is any specific type of thinset I should be using for a concrete surface. The tiles will be 12x12" ...
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How do I form and pour long concrete steps for an exterior staircase?

I want to replace some concrete blocks with proper stairs in front of my house. They are wobbly and dangerous. Attached is a photo of what is currently there. I have been unable to find anything ...
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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 now....
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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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Channel between foundation wall and floor in crawlspace

I have a split level house with a crawlspace. I've pulled the insulation out and discovered some minor mold issues on the wood framing and concrete walls. I removed the framing to replace any moldy ...
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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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