Pouring Concrete

What is the difference between cement and concrete Although the terms cement and concrete often are used interchangeably, cement is actually an ingredient of concrete. Concrete is a mixture of aggregates and paste. The aggregates are sand and gravel or crushed stone; the paste is water and portland cement.Another “old rule of thumb” for mixing… Read More »

Cement & Concrete

How to Pour 1-Inch Thick Concrete.It is too thin to use as a flooring just by itself however if you need to resurface damaged concrete, a 1-inch layer is a good amount. The old surface is prepared so that the new concrete will adhere, then the new cement is added.Whether you pour concrete for a… Read More »

concrete bonding adhesive

Aggregates are used to give body and strength to a concrete or mortar mix. Coarse aggregate is small stones, usually less that 20 mm in diameter, and fine aggregate is basically sand. Sharp Sand (which has larger grains) is used for concreting or laying paving slabs and Soft Sand is used for bricklaying, etc.For bedding… Read More »

Concrete and Mortar Guide

Salt does not damage concrete, but the effects of salt can. That sounds weird, so we’ll explain. Salt does not chemically react with hardened concrete. Salt does however lower the freezing point of water, attract moisture, and increase pressure of frozen water.The general size of the aggregate pieces used in concrete is between 0.75 and… Read More »

Buying Concrete

A concrete mixture ratio of 1 part cement, 3 parts sand, and 3 parts aggregate will produce a concrete mix of approximately 3000 psi. Mixing water with the cement, sand, and stone will form a paste that will bind the materials together until the mix hardens.In making concrete strong, these ingredients should usually be mixed… Read More »

Concrete Resurfacing

While sand is the most common aggregate used to create concrete, you can also mix cement with gravel, crushed stone or even pieces of old concrete.The amount of water you mix in will depend on the aggregate material, but you’ll want somewhere between 15 to 20 percent of water.Concrete is made up of three basic… Read More »

How to Mix Cement Without Sand

Whether you pour concrete for a walkway or patio, a strong gravel base is required to prevent the concrete from cracking and shifting. Gravel is especially important in clay soil because it doesn’t drain well, which results in water pooling under the concrete slab and slowly eroding the soil as it finally drains.They are typically… Read More »

A Comprehensive Guide to Driveway Prices and Options

Natural clay minerals, including kaolin and shale, make up the main body of brick. Small amounts of manganese, barium, and other additives are blended with the clay to produce different shades, and barium carbonate is used to improve brick’s chemical resistance to the elements.A homogeneous mixture has the same uniform appearance and composition throughout. Many… Read More »

How brick is made

Concrete finishers here tell me that a slab poured outside on a hot day won’t cure properly unless it’s kept wet. It simply makes the concrete set more slowly, which would actually make curing more critical. For concrete to reach its full strength, it needs water to hydrate the cement.The key to keeping your stamped… Read More »

Curing Concrete

Concrete is one of the most widely used construction materials in the world.Sustainable constructions have a small impact on the environment. They use “green” materials, which have low energy costs, high durability, low maintenance requirements, and contain a large proportion of recycled or recyclable materials.Concrete is a mixture of water, cement, sand just like mortar.… Read More »