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  • Q&A: Patching Stucco

    Q: When making a patch in stucco, is it possible to use hydraulic cement or a fast-setting cement for the first couple of layers so that the patch can be completed in one day?

  • Fiber vs. Wire Mesh Reinforcing

    Q: Which is better at preventing cracks in concrete slabs: fiber reinforcement or wire mesh?

  • Letters

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  • Q&A: Strength of Concrete Mix

    Q: Many years ago, a concrete contractor gave me a recipe for mixing concrete by hand or machine. It is the only mix I have ever used. Is there any way to know how strong the mix is? I use 1 part Portland cement, 2 parts clean sand, and 3 parts clean crushed stone (7/16 inch or 3/4 inch, depending...

  • On-Site With Fiber-Cement Siding

    We take a close look at handling, cutting, installing, and painting fiber-cement to see how it compares with traditional lap siding.

  • Alternative Roofing Materials

    Plastic, metal and fiber-cement shingles and panels make for durable, fire-resistant roofs — without sacrificing good looks.

  • Q&A: Slab Over an Existing Slab

    Q: What type of preparation work is needed before placing a 4 1/2-inch-thick topping over an existing slab?

  • Q&A: Matching Old Mortar

    Q: In an upcoming remodeling project, we will be uncovering a section of hidden stonework that will need to be repointed to match the existing exposed stonework. How do we go about matching the color of the mortar?

  • Exterior Trim: Alternatives to Solid Wood

    While good-quality finish lumber has grown more scarce and expensive, the lumber industry has been developing wood-based engineered alternatives. Here’s an overview of the best options on the market today.

  • For What It's Worth

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