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As polished concrete increases in popularity, many people are discovering that it is harder to keep up than they thought. The concrete floor was once common only in garages, but over the last decade, industrial buildings in large cities have been turned into lofts and condominiums. Their concrete floors are polished to a marble-like lusterRead More

Originally polyurethane concrete sealants were all solvent based; however, today you can also buy a more environmentally friendly type of polyurethane concrete sealer that is water based. Either way, by using polyurethane concrete sealants you will render what was a porous surface non-porous.

This not only means that you can prevent water penetration into the concrete surface but, if traffic is moving or parked on top it or machinery is used above it, you can also prevent oils and other chemicals from penetrating the surface.

Concrete Formwork

In home construction, three types of foundations are used, kelder, crawlspace and slab on grade; all three involve formwork. Formwork is the term used to denote the molds that concrete is poured into to form walls, footings and slabs. Some footings are poured directly into excavated holes, but most formwork consists of lumber and stakes.

Anyone that has ever looked at home and garden magazines will be fully aware of the fact that there are fashions and trends in kitchen and bathroom renovations, some of which will never be popular because they are too kooky or not attractive enough. Echter, a current trend that has seemed to be in vogue for quite some time and appeals to the vast majority of homeowners is the tumbled marble backsplash.

Versatile and attractive, tumbled marble backsplash can contribute greatly to any kitchen or bathroom because it adds a warmth and homeliness that few other materials do. If you did choose it though, do you know how to care for it?

Cutting Concrete

In this article we will focus on how to cut hardened concrete. Concrete is said to be the number one most produced man made material on earth. There is about three cubic kilometers of concrete produced yearly. Generally, there is more than one cubic meter of concrete for every person on Earth. That’s a lot of concrete.

China has about 40% of the world’s concrete and the U.S. no doubt has a large share as well with concrete being a 35 billion dollar industry in the United States. Cutting concrete is a task that any handyman or layman is bound to encounter more than once in their life time.

In this article we will talk about how to build a cinder block retaining wall on your own. Chances are, if you ask three builders how to build a concrete block retaining wall, you are going to get three very different answers. So we will take a look at some of the options you will have and recommend the best way to build your own cinder block retaining wall. It is not too difficult, but there are a few concerns that have to be dealt with.

Of the few challenges that you will encounter when faced with building a retaining wall out of cinder block, these are the most important. The attributes you need for a good retaining wall are good strength, proper irrigation, longevity and stability.

Strength