Archive for the ‘Concrete & Cement’ Category

How to seal a concrete driveway

Friday, February 17th, 2012

The concrete driveway is one of the most high traffic areas for your house and it should be sealed properly to maintain its durability and beauty. Here are the steps on how to seal your concrete driveway. First of all the fresh concrete must not be sealed and you have to keep it dry for at least a month. Now, the driveway should also be kept clean and tidy. So, broom off all the loose debris from your driveway and don’t forget to remove the grease and oil stains with pressure washer. After the entire cleaning, let the path dry for a day at least. Now, it’s time to apply the sealer. You can use either a brush or roller for the sealing application but however the roller would be faster and garden sprayer is even quicker. Apply the sealer till a whitish tint appears and make it even before drying. The application must not be made in rainy season and after the spraying is over, leave the place undisturbed for the coming 24 hours.

Instructions to install a concrete worktop

Sunday, February 13th, 2011

No matter what a great professional you are, installing a concrete worktop is always difficult. So, here are some of the most important tips which might be used while installing concrete worktops.

• Normally for installing any worktop, you should prepare a template. So, do the same for yours as well. While doing that, leave at least 1/8 inch gap so that the walls can slide easily. If the gap is too big, it can be filled in at a later time.
• If there is no enough space to fit the template, use diamond angled blades to smooth the edges.
• If you are installing counters for water taps, make sure you have a plumber by your side. Water taps are generally strong but a sharp knick can break them off leading to heavy water flow. So, having a plumber by your side will help you during those situations.

Decorative concrete backyards

Wednesday, February 9th, 2011

Are you wondering what to do with you concrete backyard? Well a lot of urban residents have unappealing concrete backyards and are at their wits end thinking about how to decorate them nicely. You should always try to break the monotony of a concrete backyard and do something different.

Try to soften the look of your backyard by placing potted plants. Place short and tall leafy plants alternately to create layered groupings. Try to use pots that have warm colors like green ceramic or terracotta color. Hard concrete backyards look very hard and therefore you should try to provide some shade by installing umbrellas or adding awnings.

You can add floor covering to your hard backyard. Soft rugs will make the yard look good and define the relaxation areas. You can create a seating area in your backyard. It’s a good idea to add lounge chairs to your backyard. Water elements like a small fountain or a birdbath will make the yard look refreshing.

Guidelines On How To Mix Concrete In Mixer

Thursday, September 9th, 2010

Are you an absolute novice at the job of mixing concrete? Are you looking for some useful guidelines to make this job a little simple for you? If so, a few simple tips will help you through the whole procedure of mixing concrete in a mixture.

First, it is always a good idea to keep things ready, this always reduces delays. Another major factor that you need to keep in mind is the proportion of the raw materials. If the proportion goes wrong, the whole effort may actually get spoilt. A major mistake which you may end up making is adding too much water to the concrete mixture. So, in order to avoid such unwanted mistakes, start with adding small quantity of water to the mixture. Only if you feel your mixture has become too dry, then add more water.

When your mixture becomes ready, do a slump test to check its consistency. Once you are done with that, you can start with the whole procedure. While working with concrete or for that matter any sort of construction material, make sure you ensure maximum protection.

Resurface Your Pool with a Great Plaster Job

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

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Resurfacing older pools requires a specialized professional. It enables you to create a water tight seal for your pool. It also referred to as white cement and when properly done can last for more than twenty years. Plaster is known to degrade with time. It usually starts eroding on the corners of the pool. When you notice this happening then you know that plastering is necessary.

Pool plastering is quite a task and require careful planning. However, when you have the right tools and knowhow you can do the plastering yourself. It is rather obvious the first thing that you do when plastering is to drain all the water from the pool. Use a chisel to remove hanging pieces of plaster. Mix the white cement in a container and apply over the pool. After one day, you can apply another coating and apply a water sealant.

Best of Concrete Construction

Thursday, February 25th, 2010

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Concrete construction is one of the most common techniques used in various buildings because the concrete is durable and easy to work with. One of the methods that are widely used in modern concrete construction is thin joint masonry. This is an accurate, fast and clean way of constructing using concrete blocks that are autoclaved aerated.

With thin joint masonry, contractors are able to construct high quality buildings at a much faster rate and reduce the amount of material that is wasted unlike the traditional mortar construction. This technique also improves thermal performance.

This is a fast technique because the mortar is easily and accurately applied on the joint and this makes it a good option for buildings that have long walls. Construction also takes a shorter period of time because walls made using this method are stable in an hour. Applying plaster will also be easier and it will only take a short time to dry.

Concrete crack repair in basement walls

Sunday, August 30th, 2009

Concrete, Construction, Home Improvement, BasementThe basement walls inevitably develop cracks which can be both narrow as well as wide up-to 1.5”. The cracks can be due to many reasons but main reasons include thermal movement and drying shrinkage. The narrow cracks seem innocent but over the time they cause lot of problems. All cracks start leaking at some or other time.

Now cracks can not give structural failures as there are easy ways to fill up the cracks. Pour-in concrete walls can be injected with low pressure epoxy or polyurethane foam. This permanent, cost-effective and reliable method is preferred by everyone. But a concrete block walls can’t have epoxy injection. The cracks are fully filled and the treatment arrests the seepage of water. Drilling is not needed to inject the treatment. The injection is made from the inside the no digging is required. Basement is the diciest place from where the seepage occurs and the complete building decays. Thus basement walls have to be repaired at the earliest.

How to install furring strips to concrete walls

Saturday, May 9th, 2009

Construction, ConcreteInstalling furring strips to concrete walls is a pretty easy job which can be done even by a layman with a little knowledge about it. The furring strips are installed to sheetrock the concrete walls. You need a few kiln dried studs, fluted nails for concrete and nail glue.

The studs are to be placed along the wall to its complete height. Apply glue on the bottom plate or on the wider side of the stud and adhere the stud to the wall. Use drill with masonry bit to make holes on the bottom plate. The holes should be at a distance of 16” and penetrate the concrete wall and mallet the nails in the drilled holes. Once the bottom plate is installed, then start with the walls. The vertical studs are to be placed in the same manner. Once the glue sets properly, you will have installed furring strips on the concrete walls.

Preventing Structure Collapse with Help of Construction Chemicals

Sunday, May 3rd, 2009

Construction, Structure Building,Buildings, as well as other types of structures are designed to withstand a certain weight load, which varies depending on the quality of construction, as well as the quality of the materials used in the construction of the building.

There have been high profile disasters where structures have collapsed, sometimes with distressing repercussions. Over time, factors such as extreme weather, earthquakes, or simple wear and tear will take its toll on a structure.

Collapsing buildings are disastrous, but there have also been some recent tragedies pertaining to the collapse of bridges and tunnels. In many of these cases, pitiable building or wearing away are to blame for the disaster.

Today, there are construction chemicals that can be used to help enhance the life and strength of new structures and for the strengthening of aged structures to make certain the best end results are obtained.

Maintaining Your Home’s Concrete

Friday, May 1st, 2009

Construction, Home Improvement, Home Concrete, Home Design,When one understands the importance of an organized simple house, one takes steps and precautions of maintaining the home.

Clean your home regularly. Prepare a schedule and always sweep your house before you sleep. As always you fill your house with new things, make sure non usable things are donated or eliminated from the house. If you are too busy then hire a helper to assist and brainstorm on issues and supplement your efforts.

You may want to continue organizing and decorating the concrete in your home as time goes on. Think of what areas you would have an ideal vacation spot, and see if you can recreate them inside home. If you have small children or another situation that makes keeping a clean house especially difficult, give yourself permission to have a little clutter.
Keep your home concrete clean and well-maintained for that sparkling look and for it to last a long time.