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Pouring Concrete

Get articles on pouring concrete from estimating the order to mixing and getting a perfect finish.

  1. Tips to Build a Concrete Walkway

    Build strong, crack-free concrete sidewalks and slabs with these 10 pro tips. Tips include forming edges, leveling, smoothing, curing and other vital steps in creating a first-rate concrete pour. Also, the 10 most common mistakes.

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  1. How to Properly Mix Concrete

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    How to hand mix concrete so it delivers maximum strength and durability. Mixing isn't complicated and when done well, the concrete should last a lifetime.

  2. How to Finish Concrete

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    In this article, we’ll show you the tools and techniques you need to get a smooth, durable finish on concrete. We’ll also tell you how to know when the concrete is ready for each phase of the finishing process. Whether you’re pouring a small slap of concrete, like a pad for your garbage can, or a large slab for a patio, these DIY steps will guide you through the process.

  3. How to Estimate a Concrete Order

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    We'll take the mystery out of ordering concrete from a ready-mix company and explain everything you need to know to order it yourself. We tell you how to determine the amount and the strength of the concrete for your shed, garage, sidewalk, patio or driveway.

  4. How to Pour Concrete

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    What makes a concrete driveway or slab strong? Here's a sampling of tips and opinions from professional concrete masons. Avoid cracking and spalling problems and learn how to make a concrete slab that will last as long as you do.

  5. Repair or Replace - Pouring Concrete Steps

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    Cutting away the damaged concrete and pouring a new concrete cap on the step can often repair badly broken concrete steps. The fix will be durable and you avoid the high expense of a complete tear-out.

  6. How to Pour a Concrete Sidewalk

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    Form and pour a new concrete sidewalk; the perfect first concrete project for the beginner. Replace that ugly, cracked walk with a flat, smooth new one. We show you how to build forms and then place and smooth the wet concrete, all with first class results. You save big money too.

  7. How to Choose and Use Concrete Fasteners

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    Solve your concrete fastening problems with our favorite concrete anchors. We show you how to install light-duty, medium-duty and heavy-duty fasteners. Out of this group, you can pick the one that best solves your fastening problem.

  8. Form and Pour a Concrete Slab

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    Pouring a concrete slab yourself can be a big money-saver or big mistake. We show you the best techniques and tools so you get it right the first time.

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