Concrete technology has advanced to the point where it ought to be realistic for homeowners to expect good quality work without paying a premium price. Yet somehow they aren't getting it- and often neither they nor the contractor understand the high level of quality that it is possible to achieve at reasonable cost. The Home Owners Warranty program (HOW), sponsored by the National Association of Home Builders, was organized to try to eliminate the shoddy workmanship that has plagued the home construction field. But at least so far as concrete construction is concerned, its criteria for quality are a disappointment. At best these criteria restate the least a contractor can safely provide in the way of quality concrete, rather than setting standard which upgrade present practices. The homeowner has a right to expect: no more than hairline cracks in exposed concrete work, stoops and steps sloped to drain water, outside unattached flatwork such as driveways, walks, and patios with no cracks except hairline and sufficiently sloped to drain water effectively, sidewalks and patios 4 to 5 inches thick, dry basement floors and walls or dry slab on grade floors, virtually dust free floors, and in exposed concrete no spalling, pitting, scaling, efflorescence, discoloration, sand streaking or honeycombing. How can the contractor accomplish such objectives? The practices described in the November 1975 issue on "Concrete in Residential Construction" contains all or most of the necessary information.