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Asphalt or concrete, which job first?

I would have the driveway and sidewalk both removed at the same time so you're not removing one next to a finished product. Then have the sidewalk installed. After the forms are removed and the ...
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Asphalt or concrete, which job first?

I have to post this as an answer because I know I won't have enough space for a comment. Last year I managed a pretty large driveway/replacement project for my mother's house. I was a large (and I ...
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What kind of drill bit will go through both concrete and wood to sink concrete anchors through the sill plate?

A reasonably sharp masonry bit will drill (poorly) thorough wood. A dullish one will drill quite poorly through wood. But it will make a hole (it just won't be pretty.) So, you can use one bit, and ...
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What kind of drill bit will go through both concrete and wood to sink concrete anchors through the sill plate?

If you only have one drill, then I would mark and drill the holes through the wood first with a wood bit, using a depth stop to just miss the concrete surface. The change to bit and do the concrete ...
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What kind of drill bit will go through both concrete and wood to sink concrete anchors through the sill plate?

It would be faster and easier if you use right drill for the material. Forget nice, just use drill for wood and then switch to drill for concrete. To prevent damaging wood drill when it hits concrete, ...
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Can I fill a hole with concrete that is close or even touches the footing of my house?

There's no problem with filling the hole right next to the foundation. That exactly what they do when adding on additions to houses. The "bolts" you see coming out of the existing foundation ...
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Can Quikrete high strength 1101 set posts without mixing?

We installed fence posts nearly 30 years ago by placing the post in the hole then dumping a bag or two of "regular" (i.e. the cheapest available at the time) concrete mix in the hole and ...
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How to do a small paver repair after sprinkler installation?

concrete will be more stable, you'll only need one or two bags of concrete. but really it is optional. do I need to level that away from the house It needs to be match the other pavers well level ...
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Fill small hole on concrete basement wall

Hydraulic pressure can do amazing things -- I wouldn't count on any indoor fix keeping the water out. Even if you could 100% seal up this spot there's sure to be another point waiting to leak nearby. ...
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What kind of drill bit will go through both concrete and wood to sink concrete anchors through the sill plate?

In terms of the tip, it's not the carbide hardness that matters for the wood, but whether the tip cuts: masonry and concrete bits do not cut, they hammer and grind. Such a bit set to wood will just ...
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how to mix concrete with a powdered additive efficiently

I'm doing concrete countertops right now and here's how the supplier of my stuff wants you to mix it to get the most consistent mix: Mix the ad-mixture with water until you get a very wet slurry (in ...
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Can PVC be encased horizontally in concrete

It's common practice to place PVC sleeves through concrete footings, foundations, and slabs for immediate and future use. I've used them in many ICF foundations, and they're regularly used to protect ...
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What is "Efficient damp curing" of concrete?

As the package says, concrete does not dry, it cures. This is a chemical process that requires water. Normal evaporation can remove the water from the outer layers of the concrete, and the chemical ...
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Drilling into concrete with a cordless drill

I do not really understand your use of Imperial and Metric. Can you not get the correct drill bit and the correct anchor bolt ? Anyway, you probably will be able to get your 16mm anchor bolt into the ...
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Pouring a new concrete chimney crown...should I DIY?

Couple of observations. That concrete cracked because it was applied too thin and probably no bonding agent was used. Carefully read the minimum thickness instruction when choosing concrete. Get and ...
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What kind of drill bit will go through both concrete and wood to sink concrete anchors through the sill plate?

Not gonna happen. Because concrete is not a material that is drillable. As you know, drills work by cutting with a sharp head - they peel off a layer, giving (under ideal conditions) a thin spiral of ...
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how to mix concrete with a powdered additive efficiently

I called the company that makes the countertop mix, https://www.concreteexchange.com/how-to-center/ and asked this question. They said that I should mix all of the dry ingredients first, and then ...
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How to remove oil based concrete sealer from garage door?

Sometimes simple solution works best. In your case I would recommend to use some gasoline. There are other solvents, but I found the gasoline works great.
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How can I find places to nail/screw into walls of ICF (insulated concrete form) home?

You need to use a magnetized stud finder (36.00 on Amazon) to locate screws, which are embedded in the drywall. It’s a cumbersome process, but the only way you’ll find the webbed plastic embedded in ...

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