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Cement for Severe Environments Cement for Severe Environments

A new pozzolanic cement when used to make concrete can resist attack in acidic or alkaline environments and also withstand higher temperatures than portland cement concrete. Read more

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Concrete Home Building Options

Some people get so excited at the prospect of building homes out of concrete that they don't realize that there are several different ways to do it. These require different contractors and have different advantages and costs. To be rational, what the proj Read more

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Face-mounted windows in cast concrete walls Face-mounted windows in cast concrete walls

The most common window installation combines a window buck for the rough opening and a face-mounted flanged window. Read more

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Concrete Floor Slabs Concrete Floor Slabs

Common mistakes in concrete floor slab construction can be avoided with proper base preparation, mix design, placement, finishing, and curing. Read more

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Opening Reinforcement in Cast-in-Place Walls Opening Reinforcement in Cast-in-Place Walls

Steel reinforcing bar around openings is a critical structural element of cast-in-place concrete walls, whether they are built with removable forms or insulating concrete forms (ICFs). Correct placement of the rebar helps prevent the concrete around openings from cracking from structural loads or shrinkage. Read more

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