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How Concrete Floor Vapor Barriers Work

How Concrete Floor Vapor Barriers Work

Why Vapor Retarders Are Used Under Slabs What Is A Vapor Retarder? They’re materials which reduce the transfer of water vapor from the sub-slab support into the concrete slab. The specifications are generally outlined by ASTM E 1745 and most retarders possess...

How Cold Weather Affects Concrete Placement

How Cold Weather Affects Concrete Placement

What Is Considered Cold Weather? When the average daily temperature falls below 40 degrees Fahrenheit for more than three consecutive days, it’s considered cold weather. Concrete needs special considerations for placement, finishing, curing, and protection under these...

Why Concrete Blisters Form & How To Avoid Them

Why Concrete Blisters Form & How To Avoid Them

What Is Blistering Concrete? Akin to the type of skin irritation, concrete blisters are hollow, inconspicuous nodules on a concrete surface. Though they’re generally small, usually dime-sized in diameter up to one inch, blisters can grow up to three inches in diameter...

Pouring & Curing Concrete In Hot Weather

Pouring & Curing Concrete In Hot Weather

How Hot Weather Affects Curing By default, curing is the actions and conditions which maintain an adequate level of moisture content and temperature in concrete at its early stages. If performed properly, the end result is concrete that develops properties the...

What Is Low Concrete Cylinder Strength?

What Is Low Concrete Cylinder Strength?

Generally, the process begins by molding a fresh concrete sample and allowing the sample to cure in standardized conditions. Testing takes place at a pre-specified time, usually 28 days after molding, with all procedures performed following ASTM standards. It’s done...

How Plastic Shrinkage Cracking Affects Concrete

How Plastic Shrinkage Cracking Affects Concrete

Best Practices For Plastic Shrinkage Cracking What is Plastic Shrinkage Cracking? This phenomenon happens when the concrete is still plastic, soon after pouring. They’re an all too common type of shrinkage cracks in concrete slabs, generally emerging parallel to one...

What Are Aggregate Popouts & How Can I Avoid Them?

What Are Aggregate Popouts & How Can I Avoid Them?

Aggregate Popouts What Is Popout? A “popout” is a small, generally cone-shaped cavity in a horizontal concrete surface left after a near-surface aggregate particle has expanded and fractured. Generally, part of the fractured aggregate particle will be found at the...

Understanding Concrete Pump Capacity Per Hour

Understanding Concrete Pump Capacity Per Hour

Understanding The Volume Of Concrete Pumps When needing concrete, you’ll want a concrete pouring option that is suitable for your particular project. There are smaller pumps available for residential-specific jobs, and there are larger pumps available for...

What’s The Difference Between Concrete & Cement?

What’s The Difference Between Concrete & Cement?

This question may not have crossed your mind until now; however, it is a thinker, wouldn’t you say? The common individual seems to use the two interchangeably. Even someone who frequently deals with the two may not know the difference. Is your sidewalk made of...

What Does Concrete Curing Consist Of?

What Does Concrete Curing Consist Of?

The Importance Of Concrete Curing As you’d imagine, accomplishing a specified concrete strength is rather important. Concrete makes up our walkways, roadways, parking garages, buildings, etc. If concrete is poured and not properly cured, those things will crack and...

    

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