Masonry

Concrete Molds

Pouring concrete for patios, walkways and edging strips is easier than indoor projects such as countertops; you don’t have to be so concerned with getting the base of your mold perfectly flat. Your big worry will be the top edges of your form.

Start building your concrete mold by marking out the perimeter, using lengths of string or spray paint. Dig out the area to a depth of 4 inches for patios and pathways, or two inches deep for smaller projects like stepping stones.

Reinforcement for Decorative Concrete

Concrete Reinforcement MeshRebar is a major component of structural concrete construction, but for decorative concrete flooring and countertops, it is not widely used. There are several reasons why. First of all, decorative concrete is made up of relatively thin slabs and putting rebar in them can cause cracking. If positioned close to the slab surface, rebar will rust due to moisture absorption, and rust corroded rebar can cause concrete to crack, particularly thinner concrete and concrete not made with gravel. Finally, rebar can also cause ghosting in thin slabs, unsightly white lines that are visible on the slab surface.

Cultured Marble Restoration

Cultured marble is a blend of polymers and stone dust fused together into molded pieces. It takes on the appearance of marble. It is less expensive than natural marble. It can be formed into things like bathtubs and vanity tops. It has the appearance of marble but also has more tensile strength. It does have the tendency to show wear and tear.

Cinder Block Types

2 types of cinder blockConcrete building blocks are made of cement. Solid cement blocks are heavy and expensive. They usually weigh 40 to 45 pounds each. They are larger than normal building bricks. The standard size is 8” depth by 8” width by 16” length. They are hard to work with and take a lot of time to install because of their weight and bulk. There are other cinder block types that are less heavy and easier to work with.

Removing Paint from Stucco

Blue Shingles and StuccoIf you own a home whose stucco finish siding has been painted, there will probably come a point when you want to repaint, and have to remove the existing paint entirely. Previous owners may even have applied multiple layers of different colored paint, and when these start to peel, it can make repainting even more difficult. You might be wondering what you can do to get the new coat of paint to best adhere to the stucco. Obviously all existing paint should be stripped off.