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 …

              How To – Demolition Of Concrete Walkways And Slabs

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                There comes a point where repairing or repositioning concrete slabs and walkways is not worth the effort or cost and time. In this case you have the choice of replacing the material with the same thing or changing your design for a new material.

                Smaller jobs like 4×4 slabs found outside many front or side doors or even a portion of a walkway that connects your home to the street are relatively easy jobs that …

                How To – Sealing Stabilized Concrete Cracks With Epoxy

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                  There are many areas around your home where concrete products are used and during settling of your home you are likely to end up with cracks that are not structural but should be addressed.

                  Cracks in foundation walls and slabs are known to allow water infiltration during heavy storms and cracks in your garage slab are unsightly and may result in additional problems.

                  Filling cracks is a difficult task because you need to apply epoxy throughout …

                  Making A Concrete Pad For Porch Steps

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                    When you are building your porch or deck one of the last things you will need to do is build your steps.

                    You have many choices you can attach your step stringers to your rim joist of the deck with a header and then use a ground contact rated pressure treated footer at the bottom or you can go an additional step and pour a pad at the bottom of your steps …