Concrete Strength

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Building a Reinforced Concrete Block Wall

A mason describes how he detailed a pair of large block walls to carry severe... More

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Working With Shotcrete

Pneumatically applied concrete isn't just for big commercial projects. A specialty... More

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First Time Out With ICFs

Foam forms can save time and money while providing a superior finished product.... More

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Smarter Site Work with Geosynthetics

These tough plastic fabrics and grids take some of the uncertainty out of drainage... More

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Ordering Ready-Mix Concrete

There’s more to concrete than water, cement, sand, and stone. An experienced batch plant manager talks about the admixtures that help you match the mix to the job. More

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Designing Concrete Basement Walls

An engineer explains how wall thickness, rebar, and proper drainage all affect the ability of poured concrete foundation walls to resist lateral soil pressure. More

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Trade Talk: Understanding Mortar

Making sure of mortar types More

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Q&A: Rebar in Sonotubes

Q: To support a beam for a residential deck, does a Sonotube pier need any rebar? More

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Skim-Coat Plaster

A thin coat of plaster over gypsum blueboard provides the hard, durable,... 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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