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Buildings today cannot go without concrete and cement. Cement mixed with water, reinforcing steel, sand and gravel, binds all of these components together. When dried, it becomes hard as a rock, which is perfect for buildings and infrastructure.
For anyone interested in the TRUE HCl concentration of muriatic acid (sans WIKIfication) simply google "muriatic acid msds" and you will see that, while the concentration varies by manufacturer, it generally ranges from 33-40%. Furthermore, even if you order HCl by name from a chemical supply house,…
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OK, that is stamped concrete. things you don't want to use are a pressure washer. It will blow the release color off the concrete and destroy the area you are trying to save. first you will want to remove any sealer on the the affected area, you can do this with xylene (you can get it right at home …
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Using Muriatic Acid on a Concrete Floor First, depending on exactly what sealer was used, it may not even take it off successfully. Perhaps a test is in order for you. Using muratic acid is not rocket science. Every mason uses it nearly daily, and it's more pure form is used in your pool. T…
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The problem that you face is external rather than internal in that spalling usually happens where the internal surface freezes but that seems so unlikely There are a number of epoxy-resins and similar concrete repair products on the market as since I'm in England I can only give you generic keyword…
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Is the a barn or a house? Generally homeowner's insurance policies would exclude a deteriorating wood floor situation.
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This could be a complex situation. If the home has been insured with the same insurance company during all of these plumbing leak losses and now the foundation damage it would be wise to report a claim. Expert opinions on the cause of the foundation problem may be required in order to assess coverag…
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As with all design choices, the answer is it depends on what you are trying to achieve. First, let's start with a few basics on understanding the comparison. A genuine Kool Deck brand surface from Mortex Mfg. is a pure cementitious topping unlike an "acrylic", which is a polymer modified cement. A K…
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A LOT!Gunnite is make by mixing cement, sand, and water in an approximate ratio of 1 part cement to 4-6 parts sand with 1 part water using a high pressure spraying mechanism. Please note that the major component in gunnite is SAND and not cement.With this as a guideline, a 50 pound bag of cement wou…
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First question. Does it leak?Second. Is it structural?Third. How noticeable is it? It might be better to leave it alone unless one of the three questions asked is negative.If it leaks, drain and hot patch.If it's structural, (ask your builder or an engineer) drain and follow the engineer's advice.I…
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usually 7 to 1. However, it's easier and more consistent to by a premix compound such as A-Tops brand v-lite premix. Key point to mixing premix: use a mortar mixer and don't let it mix for more than 30 to 45 seconds. Otherwise, the mix may overheat making it harder to trowel.  We have used one…
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- This works for cracks & leaks!If you have leaks, try "3M Marine 5200 Adhesive/Sealant"I have a '60s poured in place bomb shelter of a pool that was full of cracks (and bullet holes) when we bought it. After a couple years of "professionals" repairing it and it still leaking I was chatting with…
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Yes you can. And with great results. We had our gunite pool fiberglassed over about 10 years ago. A local company had glassed over several pools in the area including some at motels. We paid about $6500 including all new deck coating. The company used fiberglass mat and resin for the pool and some k…
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Answer No - not unless you buy from them. We used Northwest Wholesale - whole process of building a pool is pretty simple and alot of work. We were looking to buy a kit and install ourselves - and wanted to pay a consultant to help us along the way - I don't think any exist - at least for an indo…
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Installing a Toilet on a Cast Yes, you can put a toilet on it. The hardest part would be putting a toilet flange onto the cast. There are two options: you can either get a cast iron flange to fit over it and pour a lead joint or you have to chip around the pipe enough to get a no hub band on it. Yo…
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Most likely not, depending on the type of pipe you can find an inside flange to fit.
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I recently saw an episode of "Ask This Old House" and one of the projects was installing a toilet in the basement. From the question I am assuming that this is a similar situation. The way they approached the problem was to install a small box (sorry, can't remember exactly what is was called) and t…
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A 3" or greater sized floor drain with p-trap doesn't need a vent providing,the fixture drain or(the pipe leading horisontally to the p-trap)is, as or longer,than 18".A p-trap lesser than 3" must be vented.
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Have a plumber snake out your drains.ANS 2 - Install a flapper valve section on the sink drain pipe so water can go down but not up - cheap and very easy to do.
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We just bought a dome home that was built in 1984 in northeast Ohio, and it has a basement. Although we have not moved in yet the basement seems to have worked out fine. It does have a sump pump that keeps it nice and dry. The basement is a finished rec. room also. We have seen no foundation probl…
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First thing to try is industrial acetone that you buy at any hardware store. Put it on a soft rag to scrub a bit. It may take several tries, but should work. Just be careful not to get the acetone on any of the stained wood. Secondly, Bar Keepers Friend in a soft paste. On polished marble don't sc…
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Yes. The pool's depth can be changed.Seek assistance from an aquatic architect/engineer or other engineer with the expertise to advice of rebar & cement.
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To prevent the pool surface from cracking you should keep the surface wet (with a sprinkler, for example). Allowing the pool to sit dry, in the sun, will result in surface cracking. Best NOT to let the pool sit empty for any longer than absolutely necessary.
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by a chemical called stain out or by using a pumice stone.
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Answer If you are trying to remove soap scum, use Comet bathroom spray. Let it sit for a few minutes and scrub with a Scotchbrite pad, then rinse. Comet bathroom spray has citric acid, which will break down the soap scum. It does work.
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YES!!!!!!! It has to be diluted with water or it will eat away at the surface. I know from personal experience.This is very strong and corrosive. and should never be used full strength unless you are trained in using.Muriatic acid is an impure form of hydrochloric acid. It is extremely corrosive and…
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Generally 30 days brings concrete to to specified compression strength. Concrete may take 30 years to cure.  Concrete will harden to about 80% strength in 2-3 days and close to 100% strength in 28 days. Concrete driveways should be towards the latter end prior to driving on them.  As a f…
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Yes, there is. It is not large. Some people and companies want some new piece of concrete decorated. Like a home patio. Look in the Yellow Pages in your city and see who is already out there in the market.
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True termites don't eat concrete. I would suggest concrete just because if there is any water damage it does't effect it as much. If you had a wooden basment,humidity and temperature would have a major factor on it's annual outcome. If it is fully finished with insulation and drywall, with a concret…
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Im also a Builder, and a lot of my business is repairing damaged Concrete foundations. The weight of the Concrete foundation, as well as its failure to move during the frost heave cycles allows for cracks and eventually failure. (EVERYONE WITH A CONCRETE FOUNDATION HAS CRACKS IN IT, CONCRETE CRACKS,…
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Getting rid of wasps and bees is not a job for inexperienced people, and in some cases may be illegal. It is best to get professional advice.
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We suggest painting the surface of cured concrete with either an appropriate stain or paint available at your local "do it yourself" type hardware store (such as home depot or lowe's). You can even purchase a rolled stencil to place over the surface of the concrete and will result in a finished appe…
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What we are about to show you are the facts about toxic fiberglass products and why Epoxy is becoming so popular today. First of all Polyester and Vinyl ester resins are ½ the strength of epoxy and secondly they do not hold water or can contain a liquid. Example: If you rolled or sprayed polyest…
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Try using muratic acid. I know that it can be used to etch concrete, so I'm sure that it will effectively remove the concrete from the steel. However, I am not sure what effects the muratic will have on the steel. Good luck.   If the concrete is already there.. you will have to knock it off w…
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the best way is a exterminator Answer We had a hive in a 4 foot hedge. At night we poured 48 ounces of rubbing alcohol on top of the hive. The next morning the whole hive turned black and the bees were dead. Answer my dad put terps or sumthin all over it and burnt it all down.
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Ceramic tile can be installed over any non-compressible solid, non-flexible surface, but in areas of high moisture or possible water penetration, a cementious or water impermeable backer should be used to prevent rot.
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Answer Try a product called Zypex.It rolls or paints on and has capillary actions that expand and stop the infiltration of water seepage. There are other similar products on the market as well. Answer You dont. Get rid of the water first, either by trenching around the room, by installing a f…
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Masons tipsI have had better luck with the poured ones afetr the forms have been taken off. Making sure as the concrete is poured/pumped into the wasll to use a concrete vibrater to remove air which will result in hollow spots and cracking.You can finish the walls easily with Grout,cement,or a type …
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Answer Ah the old Fiberglass wall concrete bottom redo. Here you have two surfaces to deal with plus an expansion joint! That�s what I love about these pools there is 3 times the work and if you don't get the expansion joint right it will leak and you will have to drain the pool and pull out al…
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Answer OH YES! Here is my favorite saying when it comes to this question. "You don't want to swim in the water you drink and you don't want to drink the water you swim in." When the city sanitizes the water they usually inject the water with ammonia to slow the chlorine's reaction rate down so t…
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See Related LinksSee the Related Link for "Concrete Restoration " to the bottom for the answer.  Wood surfaces will receive either paint or stain depending upon whether you wish to conceal or highlight the wood's quality, bad or good, depending upon your point of view.This analogy applies to c…
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go to an auto parts house and buy " purple power" spray on concrete and let stand for a few minutes then rinse. it will look like new I used a product called Oil Gone Easy S-200. It uses bioremediation agents to eat the oil. My stain was gone in about a week. I liked it because you did not need to …
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You could try pouring bleach down the hole(s)- becareful of multiple exits. You could smoke them out with a commerical smoke bomb. Or try spraying hornet/wasp spray down the hole. Also, if you wanted to attack the vermin instead of the nest try suspending a peice of fresh fish meat over a pan of soa…
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For elements are needed to make cement; Calcium, Silicon, Aluminum and Iron. These can be found in limestone, sand and clay. The components are crushed and made into a fine powder. When mixed with water, the components bind. When mixed with sand and gravel, it forms concrete. See the following link …
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Concrete strength is measured by "bag mix", meaning that the bag mix answers the question, how many bags of cement per yard of concrete.If you're looking for a "6 bag" mix, that means 6 bags of cement per yard of concrete. A "bag" of cement is 1 cubic foot. A yard of concrete is 27 cubic feet (3 X 3…
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I would call a contractor, I would not do something like that myself. You could really damage your foundation and your walls.
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Try Sevin Dust First, carpenter bees are diurnal (daytime) creatures. Wait until nightfall before taking any of the following actions. Carpenter bees like to build nests in unfinished (bare, unpainted) wood. Fences and decks are popular targets. For these, wait until the bees have left, and pa…
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Answer for an ordinary straight handrail start by measuring up from the edge of the top tread 34 inches and make a mark. do the the same at the bottom tread and then connect the marks with a chalk line if wall is unfinished or if you are going to paint the wall after rail is installed. if its a f…
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Expansion Those are expansion joints. During the changing seasons with varying temperatures, the slabs expand and contract. The spaces allow the slabs to expand without cracking the concrete.
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Concrete is formed by a chemical reaction called hydration between water and cement. The cement is usually a compound called Portland cement. In addition to water and cement, concrete usually has a mixture of other substances added for strength. The most basic concrete has aggregates made up of a …
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It's 54, 60lbs bags and 40.5 80lbs bags.Check http://www.decks.com/calculators/concrete.aspxAnswer54in construction a yard of concrete is not in cubic yards. A yard of concrete (in bulk) cost about $75 (Alabama) and is 4 inchs thick. Most Sidewalks, driveways and platforms are only 4 inch thick.So …
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Sorry. No, it will not stick, and if you use quick-rite, it will end up chipping sooner rather than later. Long answer. There are three challenges to resurfacing concrete. Firstly Interslab adhesion: to get wet concrete to stick to dry concrete an adhesive is necessary. Secondly minimum slab thi…
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Tolerance means you have the ability to put up with something or some one. It often refers to treating people without bias based upon race, religion, nationality, gender, age, or sexual orientation. If you treat everyone equally, no matter what categories they may belong to, that is tolerance. If…
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The easiest way to get melted plastic off of concrete is using a heat gun. You can heat it and them absorb with a porous scrap cloth.
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Look up concrete in Wikipedia for detailed information.Concrete for a foundation or floor is generally mixed in the proportion 1 part cement, 2 parts sand, and 4 parts gravel (or crushed stone). Crushed stone is better than water worn stone as its irregular shape makes for stronger concrete.If a bag…
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It deals with the tension and compression of the concrete. Concrete is a really great material when in comes to compression. It has a high strength in compression but little in the way of tension. You can test this for your self. Get a small unreinforced piece of concrete and pull it apart it ( put …
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There are 3 types of cement, OPC (Ordinary Portland cement) PPC (Portland pozzolona cement) Special Cements.
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1 cement:3 sand:6 stonewhat is the size of stone in 1:3:6?
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There is no possible way to find this.However, one can find the volume of a pyramid by simply using this formula:V=bh1/3
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depends on the area, unions etc . around dallas your looking at about 8 $ a sq foot for flat work (driveways patios etc) that's a standard 5-6 inch thick with the metal wire in it
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The cost of concrete can depend on many factors such as: Grading: it is important to know whether the area is suitable for use with concrete. It is important to know if the project is medium or large scale. The cost is usually around $45 per hour. Foundation: is yet another important thing to know. …
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Answer length x width x height= cubic feet cubic feet/27= cubic yards
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- Average wet concrete is about 150-160 per cu. ft.
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Ordinary Portland Cement (OPC) [or other cementitious materials] has a property of hydraulic setting, binding and hardening when mixed with water. Some materials undergo hydraulic setting when combined with water in presence of cements, but not by itself. These are called Pozzolanic materials. In …
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I hate to be the bearer of bad news; however, it would be advisable to ask an engineer or the building official. The codes are or should be IBC for commercial or IRC for residential. Both have conventional standards that may be used. It is possible that the local or state building codes may have ame…
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1 cubic foot=100 lbs of sand 1728 cubic in.=100 lbs of sand 864 cubic in.= 50 lbs of sand 432 cubic in.= 25 lbs of sandand so on and so on
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A primary occupation means work that involves taking raw material from the environment. example: farmers, fisherman, miners etc..
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Well it depends what size it is if your looking for kg's it the mass the weight is kg's multiplied by 10
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Answer: 42.5 lbs. (19 kgs.)
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First, do NOT wax laminate floors in the first place! They are not supposed to be waxed. However, if you are in a situation like I am, namely the previous owners waxed your laminate and now it looks awful, you can try scraping the wax up with a credit card or store "club" card, or hitting it with a…
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Epoxy works great if there is no deflection, (higher and lower side). However, i would suggest doing it during a cooler time of year when the concrete is contracted to a point where the joint is at its largest.Durring summer months there is a product made called SIKAFLEX. This maintains great elasti…
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Definition of the amount of concrete that (by volume) will fill on cubic yard of space.
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Hello, I just had a 800 sq. ft. rectangular patio with rounded corners and a stamped pattern put into it for $5200. We paid an additional $250 to have a pattern of diagonal lines in 4' x 4' squares put into it. It is a light sandstone color. I was told also that darker colors will cost more because …
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Answer Concrete, Limestone with Portland 23.71 KN
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To drill into cement you require a masonary bit for your drill. Masonary bits can be bought at any local hardware store or such like. Drill into cement using masonary bit (protects your drill from damage) then push a wall plug into the hole. to secure position and any attachment you wish to add ie w…
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You have several options when it comes to staining a concrete floor. You can either have it polished, have it covered with an epoxy coating, or have a polyaspartic cover applied. All are strong and affordable options. All will protect your floor, provide a safe working surface, and allow for modific…
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Cement is a building material made by grinding calcined limestone and traces of clay and gypsum. Its key use is as an ingredient for concrete or mortar. Cement is a heterogeneous mixture. Cement is used as a binding material for sand/aggregate. Cement is hardened by adding an appropriate quantity …
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lift the sliding panel out and oil the rollers; For synthetic frames - apply liquid soap at contact points
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Answer = 2.322 tonnes or 2322 kg or 5120 lbs
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Only waiting 3 days for mine to cure. Have cinder blocks filled and a smooth exterior finish. wouldnt worry about it too much after 2 days.
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Honeybees: it would be a shame to destroy them if you didn't have another choice. Start by contacting a beekeeper. You can find one in your area by doing a Google search. To remove the hive, you start by immobilizing the bees on a cool day. If you have no choice but to kill them, there are numerous …
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Cement floor is not the best thing to paint because you could only use floor paint, like they use in factories etc.. Therefore your choice of colours would be very limited, red grey green yellow or black. My advice would be to batten out the floor and line it with a thin board like mdf and paint tha…
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water the part with the rust on it, then use a big knife to get the rust hold it up and hold it down keep on doing it until the rust will disappear? not sure ok... just saw it in others....
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The composition of a solid block could be just about anything. Solid blocks can be made of glass, plastic, metal, or a number of other elements.
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Disadvantages of cement are, Cement are subjected to cracking It is very difficult to provide idoneous curing conditions Not ideal for situation when settlement is expected.
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Not really. You will need to seal the concrete surface to prevent concrete dust becoming a problem. Also, the carpet makes the floor warmer to walk on, concrete would feel cold to bare feet.
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measure everything in buckets or the colour of the roughcast when dry will be patchy and vary in shades! (trust me iv done it) then it looks rubbish!4 chippings2 sand1 hydrated lime1 cementtiny squirt of feb (or fairy)waterallow to mix for the lime to expand, you want the mix to be sloppy so that yo…
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Yes, they are fantastic. They have everything in stock that I have ever ordere and each order has been shipped the same day I place it. I received every order complete and accurate and the billing ha always been correct. A great company to do business with.
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Dig out app. 10 inches of soil. Fill 6 inches of hardpack (crushed concrete). This is for drainage and frost heave prevention. Bring in the concrete truck after renting floats and trowels and building frame. The whole driveway should be surrounded by 1X wood or PVC particle board sprayed with wd 40.…
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Multiply length by width by depth (in feet). Divide that number of square feet by 27 to get cubic yards and then allow for a little extra.(20 X 40 X .25 = 200 / 27 = 7.4 yards)The answer is spot on correct however with 30 years of concrete experience I would not recommend a 3 inch thick slab unless …
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There's a product called Concrete Rust Remover that's available from "The Rust Store" that works wonders on removing rust stains from driveways, sidewalks, etc. I had previously tried several other products with no luck, but then found this product online. It's available at http://www.theruststore.c…
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$15 per yard.
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Concrete Ways of Cleaning ConcreteOur users share their tips:For removal of moss, fungal or moss growths, a product called Bio-Shield works very well as an outdoor cleaner (as well as being the most cost-effective at 85 US cents per liter.) I have been using it commercially for 26 years and found it…
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You might want to consider Deck-o-seal. It could be tricky to use if you are not familiar with the product. Follow ALL of the manufacturers instructions. Ken You might want to consider Deck-O-Sux, but you might actually want to use PoolSeal™ if you want a long lasting, easy to use, pool owner-fri…
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Cement bricks are generally stronger than clay bricks and more affordable. They do however not have the aesthetic value of most clay bricks therefor mostly require the wall to be plastered. Clay bricks on the other hand is strong enough and is split into separate categories of their own from face br…
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The cement brick will have high strength when compared to clay bricks. But the cost of the cement bricks is more and it is not econmical for huge projects.
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An engineered hardwood floor can be floated or glued-down directly to the floor. Someone has changed the original question, or added it to this question, for what reason I have no clue. Question; Can you put underfloor heating under hardwood floors Yes, thousands of homes have radiant heat that run…
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Typical concrete takes 28 days (4 weeks) to cure. Prior to the 28 days concrete still has moisture in it that weakens the strength of the concrete. If you seal it prior to 28 days there is a chance you will be sealing in some of that moisture and hence weakening the integrity of the concrete. Anothe…
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