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Oil stain removal if tried immediately can produce great results. Older stain removal may not be as successful. Concrete stains from oil are no exception. Use a good nylon bristle brush and liquid soap. Don't just rinse but soak up the oil/soap mix. Solvent use may be necessary but be careful. These solvents are very dangerous.

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Porch Steps Rise Run TIPS Risers and treads have distinct relationships Safe stairs can be steep or shallow 7.5-inch riser and 10-inch tread is BEST COMBINATION Install anchor cleat at base of steps! CLICK HERE to Get Tim's FREE & FUNNY Newsletter! DEAR TIM: I asked a contractor to build a set of porch steps […]

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Slabjacking can be the answer to a more costly replacement of a concrete slab. Holes are drilled into the concrete and a mixture of sand, cement, fly ash and other additives is pumped in. Some slabjacking companies will use a closed-cell hydro-insensitive polyurethane to lift the tilted slabs. Concrete slab jacking floats the slab back in place with very little disruption to landscaping. You don't even have to remove heavy items from the slab.

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Long lasting concrete repairs depend on bonding the new patch to the old concrete. Concrete crack repairs depends on the weather. If you have a large concrete driveway repair, you should pin the patch.

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Rock salt can be damaging to concrete driveways, walkways and patios if the concrete installation was not originally done correctly. Concrete's compressive strength, air entrainment, placement and finishing are all important to concrete's ability to resist freeze / thaw cycles and salt.

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Reinforce Concrete Block TIPS: Mortar is strong in compression - weak in tension Concrete block needs steel reinforcement Concrete block should be attached to concrete footer A structural engineer should be involved in the design CLICK HERE for Tim's FREE & FUNNY Newsletter DEAR TIM: I'm building a new home and two concrete block piers […]

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Repair Concrete Block and Stucco Tips Remove algae with Stain Solver for best repair bond Use cement paint for best bond of repair mix WATCH my THREE VIDEOS BELOW! Fill deep holes in stages - install galvanized anchors CLICK HERE to Get Tim's FREE & FUNNY Newsletter! DEAR TIM: I live in a house with a […]

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DEAR TIM: I work at a smaller municipal airport and need your help. The concrete inside some of the plane hangers is crumbling at the straight lines where one giant slab of concrete touches up against another slab. There’s a metal strip in between the slabs if that makes a difference. What’s the best way […]

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DEAR TIM: I live on the upper floor of a converted villa. The access is by a stairway at the side of house. There is a closed door for garden tools under the stairs. Water is coming in to the garden shed from above and the wall near the stair is damp for about two […]

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DEAR TIM: How can I match the stucco finish on my eighty-year-old front porch? I tried using white Portland cement and buff sand, but as you can see in my photo, the results are atrocious. I added some dry cement pigment to try to get a match and it just didn’t work. I noticed the […]

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