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  1. General DIY Discussions
    Have a small drain on a back walkway that has some cracking and broken up concrete around it. At least I think it's concrete. I'm not too familiar with this stuff. But it looks like asphalt and concrete was poured around the drain a long time ago as it deteriorated. My question is. Is this...
  2. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    Hi, good day. The 7' retaining wall around my house and garden is cracking. The house is on a small rise above the split in the road. The retaining wall is basically holding all the soil back, so I'm quite concerned. The houses here are built on saprolite, what we call rotten rock, so it's not...
  3. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    I have a very old driveway that's gone from gravel ( 1860 ) surface to cement panels to the current asphalt surface. I'm seeing cracks on the surface, some 1" to 3" wide x 1.5" D, various lengths. Can I use cement to fill the cracks, concrete, asphalt crack filler ( last choice )? Thanks
  4. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    Hello, I just purchased a large (and heavy) cement water fountain for my backyard. After setting it up (no small feat due to weight and the need to carefully level each portion), I was dismayed to discover that the two top bowls apparently leak. By this I mean when the bowl is full and the...
  5. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    Our patio is flagstone with mortar between stones. The mortar and many of the stones are loose. I thought I could remove some of the mortar and stones and plant groundcover in the place of the removed stones and mortar. I removed some stones and mortar; there was about 1/4 inch flagstone 2...
  6. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    All, Was buying pallets of 80 lbs bags of cement from Lowes for $114+ and they raised the price, so not over $195. I saw a place where a pallet goes for $105, with free shipping, but did not bookmark it, so cannot find it again. If anyone has a good source for this would appreciate a link...
  7. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    I have a pretty good size waterfall outside and I need to refinish the water way (between waterfall and tank) where the water runs down, it has cracks in it. Would mortar be a good substance and would it stick to existing material, not sure what existing material is, but the actual waterfall is...
  8. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    Hi, We have 2 basement cinder-block opposite (North and South) cracked, bulges, foundation 8' walls. The bulges are 6' x 6'. The house is a 2 bdrm/1 Bath/2 level/with a basement, 1900 sq ft. Can we: Support jacks and how many?? 1) dig the dirt down exterior, 2) One side at a time, Lift (ONLY if...
  9. General DIY Discussions
    I need to mount this very light, aluminum sign onto Hardy Board Plank siding. I have two questions regarding the correct way to fasten: 1 - What kind of fastener should I use? Do they make aluminum screws? I don't want to use a metal that will rust, nor one that will cause galvanic...
  10. General DIY Discussions
    Hi everyone, moved into a house in Memphis area in November and for some reason many of the homes here have this pebble flooring on exterior patios. When walking on it barefoot it feels like shards of glass. What are my options to smooth OVER it? Some kind of cement/concrete/filler that...
  11. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    Hi everyone:) I would like to square off the patio with cement but there is a big drop. I would guess 10 to 12". What is the best way to do to get this level before I can get the concrete poured? See attached. Thanks for your help, Troy.
  12. General DIY Discussions
    I recently made some garden box supports out of concrete. As you can see in the pictures, the installed product has a 1/2" dowel rod that extends through the structure and then anchors it in place on the ground. In order to get this hole I put a length of pvc through the middle while pouring the...
  13. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    Hi all, I made a sink. The surface has a lot of pinholes and roughness. I am hoping to make some sort of slurry and fill it in. The person at HD recommended hydraulic water- stop cement. It doesn't seem to be ideal, but I would like some input. What do you all think? Any good suggestions for...
  14. Flooring
    Hello! I am a complete newbie to this forum as well as to any sort of home improvement projects - it's generally my husband's domain. But.. we just moved into a new house and I'm determined to tackle something myself. He can help me out a lot but I'd like to kind of come up with a plan on my...
  15. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    Thank you for helping out. I have a cement driveway that is smooth enough for acid staining. you can see the small gravel and rocks from ware and tear. I know some products out there flo coat sakrete is unstainable. Is the a good thins set or skim product I can simply lay over the top of the...
  16. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    Installed Yesterday(Saturday) and we just could not keep up with the concrete truck and tried to power trowel it too late...We plan to get a concrete grinder tomorrow. Do you think it will be the most effective method? Any other ideas about how to repair this? My thoughts were we will have to...
  17. Building & Construction
    Hello Everyone, I've an interesting engineering question. Im working on a unit in a building where the back room is a converted sleeper porch. The porch was originally just a cement slab, but it has been enclosed and had a floor put on top. The plywood of that floor is totally shot from...
  18. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    So I bought a 100 year old house up in Maine. It has a tiny 11x13 full basement and on each side of that there is a crawl space. Outside walls are field stone until it hits grade then it is brick and inside to crawlspace walls are brick. The outside walls let in a lot of water when it rains Due...
  19. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    I'm trying to make a concrete table and I'm trying to make it as light as possible. I'm looking into using GFRC but I'm reading that the sprayer for the back coat is very expensive while the sprayer for the face coat is affordable. I was wondering if you can spray on the face coat and then...
  20. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    I poured a small 50 sqft walkway 2 days ago but now won't be home to keep it damp for proper curing for at least 2 weeks. Because sprinklers or plastic covering are not viable options for me at this point, I was thinking of adding a skim coat with no intention of having it bond to the existing...
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