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 …

          How To – Inspecting Your Home For Structural Foundation Problems

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            If there are two parts of your home that are most important that would be your roof which keeps rain out which will ruin everything in your home and your foundation which supports your home.

            Foundations can be built in a variety of ways

            Many homes have a full basement with solid poured concrete walls which support the first floor that are set on heavy concrete perimeter footings.

            Some foundations start with the same perimeter footing but …

            What is Cement, Concrete & Mortar

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              Concrete and Cement are often thought of as the same product but actually Cement is just one part of Concrete.

              Concrete is a mixture of Aggregates and Binders (Rocks and Cement).
              Depending on your needs you can use larger or more aggregate to get a harder product or you can use smaller aggregate to allow the mix to flow.

              This difference is easy to understand when you compare the tough but formable sandy mixture that is shot onto Swimming Pools and the much stronger …

              How To – Is A Sub-Floor Necessary To Install Carpet In Your Basement?

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                Many people finish their basements to add a playroom for the kids a recreation room for the family or even another bedroom for family and guests.

                When converting your basement to a finished living space there are many considerations including whether to put insulation in the walls,  whether to drywall or add a drop ceiling and what type of flooring will make that drab underground area feel comfortable to live in.

                If your home has a …

                Insufficient Building Standards Contribute To The Disaster in Haiti

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         owners and builders may have given a thought of thanks to their building officials this week after seeing the earthquake disaster in Haiti.

                  Although ridged concrete and brick structures often do poorly in earthquakes the lack of building standards along with cuts in design standards due to corruption are being blamed on elevating an already bad situation.

                  Earthquakes are measured not only by seismic sensors but also by the damage they cause. In Haiti many structures that …

                  How To – Masonry And Concrete Anchors And Fasteners

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                    When you need to attach an item to a Masonry wall a nail or regular screw just won’t work in this case you need to use a special anchor that is inserted into the masonry and held in place by friction.

                    Small items can be placed with masonry screws that are similar to standard screws but are hardened and sometimes self tapping. Masonry screws will require a driver head attached to a standard drill. If …