Sustainable Construction Materials: Concrete

Posted on March 15, 2016

Sustainable Construction Materials: Concrete

The view of concrete as a sustainable construction material is at times, easily overlooked. The press, politicians, environmental advocates and advocacy groups, all alike, spend time outlining and pontificating about the bad, non-sustainable resources and materials used (lumber, petroleum products, etc.). But, these same “experts” fail to address the merits of using building materials that Read more…

What is the Importance of a Reinforced Concrete Slab?

Posted on December 3, 2015

What is the Importance of a Reinforced Concrete Slab?

With few exceptions, concrete slabs need to be reinforced with either rebar or re-mesh. Concrete has exceptional compressive strength. However, in relation to its compressive strength, concrete has weak tensile strength. That is to say, it is very difficult to crush concrete. It is much easier, on the other hand, to pull it apart. Compressive Read more…

How to Cure Concrete

Posted on November 20, 2015

How to Cure Concrete

The Mix Ratio Concrete — the mixing of it — is an inexact science. But, it is a science none-the-less. The reason it is an inexact science is because most people do not understand the variables that determine how to cure concrete correctly. There are three things that affect the curing of concrete: the cement Read more…

DIY Concrete Projects Around the House

Posted on November 19, 2015

DIY Concrete Projects Around the House

While it may sound daunting, DIY concrete projects around the house are actually some of the simplest and most productive of projects. The key to concrete projects is being prepared to pour the concrete before mixing the cement with your sand and aggregate. The only way you can really mess up a concrete project is Read more…

How to Create a Proper Foundation Drainage Design

Posted on November 17, 2015

How to Create a Proper Foundation Drainage Design

There is a reason business and athletic clichés so often use construction metaphors, the importance of a solid foundation being a common theme in the analogies. As the clichés imply, if the foundation of an edifice fails, there can be a domino effect from the bottom up that brings down the entire building. At the Read more…

How Portable Generators Work for Your Job Site

Posted on November 12, 2015

How Portable Generators Work for Your Job Site

When you’re in need of a portable generator for your job site, there are so many questions that can come up. How many watts do you need to keep your site rolling? Do you need particular technologies? Let’s take a look at common questions contractors have about how portable generators work. Add it up The Read more…

How to Build a Timber Retaining Wall

Posted on November 5, 2015

How to Build a Timber Retaining Wall

The reason many people choose to build a timber retaining wall is because of the esthetic value. While steps can be taken to make a concrete or rock retaining wall more appealing, it is difficult to make either as attractive as a timber retaining wall. Additionally, the labor required to make a timber retaining wall Read more…

How to Use a Cement Mixer Based on Project Needs

Posted on October 27, 2015

How to Use a Cement Mixer Based on Project Needs

When you’re working with small batches of cement-based products, you might think that all mixers are the same. You know how to use a cement mixer, but do you know how to utilize all the options out there? There are actually several different varieties available depending on what you’re trying to accomplish. In this post, Read more…

Move Up From Your Standard Aerosol Spray Can by Using a Paint Sprayer

Posted on October 14, 2015

Move Up From Your Standard Aerosol Spray Can by Using a Paint Sprayer

From cars to furniture, pneumatic spray guns are the industry standard in painting. Most of these guns are high volume – low pressure (HVLP). The HVLP means they run on small PSI (pounds per square inch) but require extensive CFM (cubic feet per minute) to operate properly.  This usually requires a huge compressor of at least 60 gallons Read more…

Pneumatic Products: PSI and CFM- How They Work for You

Posted on September 15, 2015

Pneumatic Products: PSI and CFM- How They Work for You

When buying and selling products such as pneumatic products and dealing with the concrete industry, it is best to understand some of the terms that are commonly used. While these definitions are not technically specific, these are common ways to understand them. Pounds per square inch (PSI) The easiest way to understand PSI is force. Read more…