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Most construction projects call for concrete in some form, whether as footings, walls, or flatwork. As a frequently used material, concrete is also a common source of problems. Foulups can occur at any stage, from batching, mixing, and transporting to placement, finishing, or even curing, the final step. Concrete that has been handled correctly all along can still be ruined if it's not properly cured. Warm and Wet: Keys to Curing Curing means taking steps to keep the concrete under the right temperature and moisture conditions during the first few days of hardening after placement. Proper curing is vital because the concrete will eventually be much harder and stronger if it is cured correctly. Hydration. The hardening of concrete is not