Concrete Curing

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Curing Concrete in Hot Weather

Q. I've recently moved my contracting business to the South. Concrete finishers here tell me that a slab poured outside on a hot day won't cure properly unless it's kept wet. They do this by having someone periodically spray the slab with water from a hos More

Tips for Crack-Free Concrete Slabs
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Tips for Crack-Free Concrete Slabs

A construction superintendent from Canada explains how to prep the subgrade and... More

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Casting Concrete Countertops

Use this shop-fabricated approach to concrete countertops to improve quality and cut installation time from days to hours. More

Grouting Ceramic Tile
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Grouting Ceramic Tile

A master tilesetter shows how to select, mix, and apply grout for a longlasting... More

Extreme Stucco
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Extreme Stucco

Hot and cold weather are the enemies of a durable stucco exterior finish. But by... More

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Specialty Finishes for Concrete Slabs

Exposed concrete slabs don’t have to look dull and gray. Here’s how to use dyes and stains, stamped patterns, and exposed aggregate to create an attractive and durable finished slab. More

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Controlling Cracks in Concrete Slabs

It’s inevitable: A concrete slab is going to crack. But how much it cracks, and where, depends on the amount of water in the mix, where you place control joints, and how you finish the slab. Here’s what you need to know for good results. More

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Tips for a Perfect Floor Finish

A second generation floor finisher tells how to control job-site temperature and humidity for a durable floor finish every time. More

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Hot-Weather Concreting

Concrete sets up fast in hot, dry weather, increasing the chance that cracks and surface defects will develop. A concrete contractor from the desert Southwest tells how to keep your cool in the heat of a concrete pour. More

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Cold Weather-Concreting

Cool temperatures can reduce concrete strength unless precautions are taken. Here are the products and techniques that guarantee a successful pour — even when it’s below freezing. More

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