Concrete

How To Pour A Concrete Wall Or Foundation Without Rebar Using Helix Micro Rebar

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    One of the most difficult processes in building foundation walls which also causes delays and cost in inspections is the use of Standard Rebar Steel. Even with ICS construction the use of standard half inch rebar is built into the forms because it is required by code.

    First to understand the differences you need to understand why rebar is used in any concrete application. Concrete in and of its self is a hard surface that …

    How To Pick The Right Flooring For Your Basement

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      A friend is asking about his basement and considering putting down some type of flooring to finish off the basement. He hasn’t asked about all other tasks that come along with finishing your basement but he is at the point where he has asked a few contractors what they think and we thought it would be a good time to go over what materials work best in your basement.

      For many people the concrete flooring …

      How To Not Get Screwed On A New Concrete Driveway

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        A Friend is asking about a concrete job they just contracted for. They live in a Southern State and the driveway will be 16 feet wide and 70 feet long with an additional slab near their carport at the home for additional parking.

        The contractor was suggested to them by other contractors that are backed up with work. He has said he is licensed and insured but hasn’t provided proof of it yet and even …

        How To Clean Up A Crumbled Concrete Pathway In Your Backyard

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          A Friend asks us how can they clean up the pathway in their backyard to make it look better and to improve its condition. Its a 3 foot wide concrete pathway that was placed on the back of the home to help with diverting rain away from the home. There is actually a pretty big grate in the path on the side of the home which diverts water out into the street and their …

          How To Pour A New Concrete Slab Over An Older Damage Slab

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            A friend asks about their garage floor that they are using as an exercise room and is wondering what is the best method they can use to level the floor with a new slab placed on top of it. The existing job was performed maybe 40 years ago along with deterioration there are many cracks and unlevel areas. They are also wondering about a smooth vs brushed finish for the floor. They have talked with …

            How To Pour A Concrete Slab For Your Trashcans

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              One of my final fall projects is to pour a small concrete slab for my trashcans to sit on. Until now I have been placing them in the same spot that the slab will go but once winter comes I will need something more substantial to place them on and I will also need some type of fencing to hold them in place during the harsh winter winds.

              Probably the hardest thing about this project has …

              How To Repair the Surface of a Concrete Wall to Repair Crumbling

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                One of our friends asks about a border fence that they have in their backyard made of concrete that they believe needs repair. The wall has been in place for some time and it seems that the previous home owner has painted it and an grown ivy against the wall so the current owner is wondering if they can complete a repair on their own to clean it up and stop …

                How To Clean Up a Backyard Walkway and Concrete Steps

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                  One of our friends asks about their backyard. Its spring and they recently purchased their home and they want to clean up the backyard and make it more usable. One of the projects they have in mind is an area around some concrete steps that are in disrepair and they want to connect the area between the steps and the patio so they aren’t walking on dirt to get into the backyard.

                  This is a …

                  How To prepare a good base for a poured concrete slab

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                    Recently I was contacted by a friend who was performing a concrete slab pour. He needed advice on how to prepare for the pour.

                    The slab he is making will be used for maintaining a large rainwater tank for use in his home and garden. The tank will hold up to two thousand gallons of water with an approximate weight of 16,000 pounds. The tank is about eight feet high and eight feet in …

                    How To Paint Concrete Surfaces in and around your Home

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                      Although Concrete is acceptable without a surface coating there are many times that you can benefit from applying paint or other coatings to increase its performance and appearance.

                      In basements you may want to apply concrete paint as a sealer if you would like to reduce humidity levels. On Garage floors you can apply an epoxy paint to protect the floor from oils and other products that can discolor the floor. Outside you may …