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Make Items Out Of The Leftover Concrete From A Concrete Job You Had Done

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If you have hired a concrete contractor to do a job on your property, let them know ahead of time to leave that leftover concrete mix with you. Since the price of it will be included in the bid, you will have the right to it. There are a lot of creative ways you can use concrete to make items for your yard or around your house. When you make your own items, you will enjoy the process and be left with an item you can take pride in.…

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How Do You Create Different Colored Concrete Pavers?

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Concrete pavers are a great choice for creating an interesting and durable driveway, or to have steps in your backyard. The bad thing about them is that they are a boring neutral color. If you want to liven up the pavers, you can always dye them a different color. Here are some simple instructions for accomplishing that. Get the Right Supplies Start by gathering the tools and materials you need for coloring the concrete pavers.…

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Concrete In Your Next Home Flooring Projects

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If you’re planning on doing some major remodeling, including putting in new floors, consider concrete in your design plans. This material goes beyond the gray, rough surfaces you may think of when you hear “concrete.” Finishing techniques can make it look like natural stone, marble and even wood. Here are some flooring ideas to start you thinking about concrete for your next remodeling project. Dining Room Starting with the dining room, you want an elegant floor for your dinner parties.…

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Tips For Concrete Cutting

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Concrete will naturally contract as the temperature falls and expand as it warms up again. If you don’t do something to prevent it, your concrete will crack. This cracking will undermine the structure and appearance of your driveway. You cannot do anything to prevent cracks from forming, but you can do something to control the direction your cracks take. This is where concrete cutting comes into play. How Far Apart Should Your Joints Be…

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Stamping, Inlaying, and Staining: Decorative Techniques Take Concrete to the Next Level

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When people think of concrete, they often think of a gray, industrial-warehouse look. However, with techniques like stamping, inlaying and staining, the possibilities for decorative concrete are really quite broad. From showroom floors to patios and even home flooring, concrete is not only durable but attractive. Stamping Stamping a texture into the surface of concrete can go a long way towards making it more attractive. Stamped concrete can mimic many different materials; a flat concrete patio could be stamped with both the texture of natural stone and the grid that would make the surface look like separate pavers.…

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Creating Custom Flooring With Ready Mix Concrete

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Ready mix concrete is a convenient material for people who need a sidewalk or walkway poured as soon as possible; however, there are a few other flooring and path projects that could also be done with the mix. By adding other materials such as dyes, plastics or glass, you can create interesting projects that can harden into professional-looking masterpieces. Before visiting the home improvement stores to buy cute novelty tiles, consider a few ways to make your own and many more projects out of ready mix concrete.…

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6 Ways To Prevent Rebar Corrosion In Concrete

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Concrete surfaces are frequently reinforced with embedded rebar. While rebar can greatly increase the structural strength of a concrete surface, it is susceptible to corrosion over time. In fact, the corrosion of embedded rebar materials is one of the major factors behind concrete deterioration. The lifespan of a concrete surface can be increased if rebar corrosion is prevented. The following are six ways that rebar corrosion can be prevented or minimized:…

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Minimal Repairs That Can Prolong The Life Of Your Concrete Driveway

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Maintaining your concrete driveway is essential when you have no desire to replace it completely. You have several options for handling many different problems with the concrete. However, before you do anything, you need to figure out which ones are best for your driveway maintenance. Crack Sealing Cracks of any kind are a common problem with concrete driveways. You want to seal any cracks within the surface so they do not continue to grow.…

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Stamping A Concrete Patio

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If you enjoy the look of stone walkways, you may want to consider incorporating it into your patio flooring. Freshly laid concrete can be stamped to give it the appearance of stone at a fraction of the cost of real stone. Most people will hire a concrete contractor to have their patio installed, as stamping your own concrete can be a bit of a challenge. If you are up for trying it yourself, however, here are some instructions for you to use to make your own stamped concrete patio.…

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Textured Concrete – It's Not Just For Floors!

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Concrete stamping is a wonderful solution for finishing indoor and outdoor floors, but did you know that you can also stamp and texture concrete on walls? It’s true! You can add texture and patters to vertical surfaces to create an interesting and beautiful finish. Techniques There are three techniques used to texture concrete walls: carving, stamping and using texturing skins. These techniques can be used individually or in combination with each other.…

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