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An easy way to make a garden path or informal walkway is to simply dump dry concrete on the ground and water it with a water hose. There are a few tricks to making it look good, but it really is a pretty easy way to make a path through the backyard. Wear old clothes because concrete work is pretty messy
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Second, because crushed limestone has a lighter unit weight than gravel, it will require about 12% less crushed limestone than gravel to mix a cubic yard of concrete. Additionally, crushed limestone concrete is easier to saw through than gravel concrete. This is because most gravel is silica. Silica is almost impossible to cut with a steel sawRead More
Concrete should be at least 7 days old. All substrates to be tiled must be clean and surface dry. What is dry pack mortar bed? Dry pack mortar is a stiff sand-cement mortar that is typically used to repair small areas that are deeper than they are wide. … Compact the mortar in the hole by striking a hardwood dowel or stick with a hammerRead More
Jul 14, 2015 Loss of ignition (LOI ) not more than 3% by dry weight of soil in accordance with AASHTO T 267, Carbonates not more than 3 % by dry weight ofRead More
Jun 30, 2021 Jun 30, 2021 The Spruce / Liz Moskowitz. Concrete . Concrete is a complete building material used for foundation walls, concrete slabs, patios, and many other masonry structures. It is uniquely versatile because it starts out as a simple, dry mixture, then becomes a flexible, semi-liquid material capable of forming into any mold or shape, and which dries into the hard-as-rock material we know as concreteRead More
Apr 18, 2013 Apr 26, 2013 On the is concrete required theme, some of the best, absolutly stout poles and posts I have set were in holes filled with what we call butte rock , the local name for clean crushed rock about 2 . I still build fences that way. Just dig the hole a little deeper than usual, put 6 inches of rock in, set post and pack the gravel inRead More
Jan 22, 2021 Jan 22, 2021 Dry stack concrete block (cinder block) technique uses surface bonding cement SBC instead of mortar for high thermal mass HTM thermic walls that are waterproof and much stronger than conventionally laid mortar block walls. SBC 'stucco' with horse hair and calcium carbonate was used hundreds of years ago to build huge water storage cisternsRead More
Concrete splatters can burn eyes and irritate bare skin by quickly drawing out its moisture, leaving it rough, dry, and cracked. Take steps to protect yourself by donning the appropriate gear. DORead More
Aug 13, 2020 Aug 13, 2020 Image by J ason Antony via FreeImages. Concrete is a composite material and the next level up from plaster as it incorporates an aggregate to make it stronger. Of the total mass making up a concrete mix, the aggregate or stone will account for 60 percent on average, and it can even go right up to 80 percent in certain situationsRead More
Oct 05, 2013 Oct 06, 2013 If you just need a little concrete and a truck can access the area, call the local 'crete companies. Sometimes you can get a bargain on a coupla' yards.....the leftovers from a different delivery. For a patio or stone walkway, I use a few inches of crushed limestone, tamp it, then use a dry mix of sand and Portland cementRead More
May 19, 2021 May 19, 2021 Even if you use pressure-treated posts, drainage is an important issue, and gravel drains better than concrete. Water tends to collect in the gap between a concrete footer and the postRead More
A ratio by weight of 0.5 water, 1 cement, 3 sand, and 3 gravel should make a fine concrete, although a little less water (0.4 by weight) would make stronger concrete. The same by volume ( ie. buckets) is a good ratio as well, 1/2 to 1 to 3 to 3 (or a little less water- too much water weakens the concrete, and there will always be some waterRead More
The average wood fence post seems to be a square timber that is a 4-inch by 4-inch post or possibly a 6-inch by 6-inch post. The surface area of the post in the soil is what determines how quickly a fence will tip in the wind. Smaller fence posts will yield much faster thanRead More
To make standard concrete, mix 1 part Portland cement, 2.5 parts sand and 2.5 parts gravel with .5 parts water. Use water that's clean and free from acid, alkaline, sulfate and oil. Test consistency by using the back of a shovel to create a smooth surface. Then, use the side of the shovel to create a grooveRead More