Concrete Classics

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New Slab on Top of Old

I recently poured a 30x50-foot pad that has cracked very badly. The pad had no... More

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Placing Reinforcing Steel

Although on larger projects iron-workers will place the reinforcing steel, most... More

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Curing Concrete in Hot Weather

I’ve recently moved my contracting business to the South. Concrete finishers here... More

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Efflorescence: Causes and Solutions

A look at what causes efflorescence and how it can be removed. More

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Better Garage Floors

Ten tips for pouring stronger, crack-free concrete slabs. More

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How to Build an Affordable Concrete Home

Custom-built homes are commonly gracing glossy magazine covers. That's because... More

In The Know

Three Myths About Contraction Joints in Residential Slabs

Not installing joints opens the door to potential litigation in addition to...

How Long Can a Ready-mix Truck Wait?

We were all set to start when the testing lab's field tech stopped the pour. He...

Popular How-To

Choosing the Right Tool for Concrete Drilling and Demolition

Understand which tool and bit combination are ideal for any application.

Filling Control Joints in Concrete Slabs

Properly installing and maintaining control joint fillers in concrete slabs can...

A Wintry Mix: How to Ensure Good Concrete in Cold Weather

This concrete producer says that whether you are a commercial contractor building...

Frost-Protected Shallow Foundations Reduce Costs, Save Energy

With a frost-protected shallow foundation (FPSF), a monolithic slab with thickened...

Tools of the Trade and How to Use Them

Use concrete finishing tools in the proper sequence to avoid surface defects.

Adding Water to Concrete

Adding water to a load of concrete may or may not be acceptable, depending on the...

Repairing Bugholes

Bugholes commonly occur in vertical cast-in-place concrete.

Asbestos and Old Concrete

Asbestos was used in concrete products in the past and could pose a threat in some...

Water- Versus Solvent-Based Sealers

Knowing the differences between various sealers will help you determine which one...

Site Preparation: Making a proper bed for concrete

Methods used for preparing the ground for concrete placement depend on the job.

How Much Should Concrete Fall?

What is a good rule of thumb for the fall on exterior flatwork?

Cast-In-Place Retaining Walls

Removable concrete forms can create a vertical concrete retaining wall with almost...

Proper Subgrade Prep

When it comes to compacting a subgrade for a residential application, consistency,...

Concrete Floor Slabs

Common mistakes in concrete floor slab construction can be avoided with proper...

Rain's Effect on Fresh Concrete

We had a concrete patio placed. About 3 hours after it was placed, it began to...

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