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More stories about Concrete

  • Building Brick Stairs

    A long-lasting set of masonry steps starts with a solid base and includes good drainage

  • Insulated Swimming Pool, Anyone?

    When builder Todd LaBarge wanted to install a vinyl-lined swimming pool at his home, he looked no further than the stack of ICF forms left over from the construction of his house and workshop foundations.

  • On the Job

    Retrofitting a Lally column; roof demo by crane; working wireless

  • Replacing a Beach-House Foundation

    A modified mat slab saved this cottage from the sea.

  • On the Job

    Slick pocket-door trick; smooth tube piers

  • Installing Manufactured Stone Over ICFs

    To ensure good adhesion, use an acrylic mortar admix and make sure the faux stones are fully bedded.

  • Hurricanes: Why Stucco Walls Got Wet

    Designs, methods, codes, and workmanship all played a role in Florida’s soggy storm experience.

  • Why Doesn't a Post-Tensioned Slab Buckle?

    Q: Is it possible that a post-tensioned garage slab could literally buckle in half when the tendons are tensioned, or does rebar in the slab prevent that from happening? Also, why are these types of slabs so common in Las Vegas? Is it because of the soil?

  • Fixing a Radiant-Tubing Leak

    Q. I have a leak in my recently installed radiant tubing, no doubt caused by freezing last winter before the system was fully operational. The tubing is a 300-foot run buried in a 4-inch concrete slab. Is there some kind of "stop leak" that can be circula

  • Tool Test: Compact Rotary Hammers

    The best tools hit hard, drill fast, and stop immediately if the bit jams.