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Using a Cement Mixer

| April 9, 2015 | 0 Comments
Using a Cement Mixer

Mixing concrete and mortar by hand is fairly easy to do and offers a good amount of control over the consistency of the mix. However, if you have a large amount of concrete or mortar to mix, it is often worth hiring a small cement mixer to make things easier.

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Concrete Surface Finishes

| April 9, 2015

The surface of any concrete you lay can be finished in a number of different ways. Ideally, concrete should be made slightly rough to give a better grip if it is to be walked on.

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Laying a Concrete Floor

| April 9, 2015
Laying a Concrete Floor

A rotten or damaged suspended timber floor, on the groundfloor of a house, can usually be replaced with a solid concrete floor if you wish.

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Concrete and Mortar Guide

| April 9, 2015
Concrete and Mortar Guide

Being able to mix concrete and mortar is an essential skill for any ardent DIY-er. Concrete is used in many places around the home, for laying a firm sub-floor or a base for paving, whilst Mortar is the most important bit in any wall.

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Concrete Pads

| April 9, 2015

There are several reasons why you might need to lay a concrete pad in your garden. You could be creating off-road parking or erecting a garden shed. Each situation will require a different thickness pad.

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Ready Mix Concrete

| April 9, 2015 | 1 Comment

There are a few DIY jobs which might require large amounts of concrete at one time, including creating concrete driveways or laying the concrete slab foundation for a garage or outbuilding.

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Building a Concrete Driveway

| April 9, 2015 | 0 Comments
Building a Concrete Driveway

Adding a driveway to your property makes very good sense and if you have the room, this is a summer project you should really consider. Driveways are a good idea for several reasons, not least the added security they offer for your car.

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Insulating a Concrete Floor

| April 8, 2015
Insulating a Concrete Floor

The concrete floors of most modern houses should all have been insulated during construction, normally using a thick layer of dense polystyrene laid in sheets between the hardcore base and the finished surface. In older houses, this insulation layer may be missing from concrete floors, and it is definitely worth thinking about adding some if […]

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What Is Concrete?

| April 8, 2015
What Is Concrete?

If you are a keen DIY-er, it is more than likely that you have mixed and used concrete yourself. It is seen as an easy-to-use construction material for everything from walls to driveways, but what is concrete?

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Setting Timber Posts in Concrete

| August 11, 2014
Setting Timber Posts in Concrete

Whether you are putting up a fence or building a raised deck, being able to securely set wooden posts into concrete foundations is a useful skill to have.

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Planning a Solid Block Wall

| June 27, 2014
Planning a Solid Block Wall

There are several reasons why you may want to build a partition wall from solid blocks, rather than the potentially easier and quicker stud partition wall. Solid walls will give far greater acoustic and thermal insulation than a stud wall (even if the stud wall has insulation fitted) and will certainly feel more solid.

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Repairing Concrete Steps

| May 30, 2011
Repairing Concrete Steps

Casting new concrete steps requires quite a lot of complicated formwork and is tricky to get right. If you need steps in your garden, it is better and easier to build them from pre-cast slabs and blocks, or even bricks.

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Replacing Concrete Slabs

| May 30, 2011

Concrete paving slabs are commonly used for patios and driveways. They are generally very hard-wearing and if laid correctly, should last well.

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