Consistency and Workability

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Lumpy Setting Compounds

Q: When we're working with what we call "hot mud"- setting-type drywall compounds... More

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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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Concrete Basics

Concrete seems about as straightforward and rugged as any material on site. But... More

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Fiber vs. Wire Mesh Reinforcing

Q: Which is better at preventing cracks in concrete slabs: fiber reinforcement or... More

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Pressure-Treated Foundation Repair

With cold weather setting in, this upstate New York remodeler decided to use a pressure-treated wood foundation to replace a crumbling cement-block wall in a hillside garage. 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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Ordering Ready-Mix Concrete

There’s more to buying concrete than specifying compressive strength. Understanding cement types admixures, and batch-plant basics will help you get the right mix for the job. More

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Ordering Ready-Mix Concrete

There’s more to buying concrete than specifying compressive strength. Understanding cement types admixures, and batch-plant basics will help you get the right mix for the job. More

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