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Curtis Gomes runs a building and remodeling business in Providence, RI just south of where I live. Read what he sent  me: "At what temperature is it too cold to pour concrete in sonotubes? 30 degrees F?" Here's my answer: Curtis, believe it or not, you can pour concrete successfully at much colder temperatures, even […]

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Ronald A. Carleton has trouble with paint peeling on his patio in Port Clinton,Ohio. Perhaps paint is not practical. How's that for alliteration? Here's what Ron wrote to me: "What's the best product to apply to pre-painted cement on a outdoor patio? The pre-painted area in the sun area flakes off while the shaded area stays […]

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Kristina Rowan, who lives in Bryan, Texas, has an excellent question about the magic of placing and finishing a concrete porch. "Hi Tim! My husband and I are planning to replace our concrete front porch. I'm not sure if it was originally poured and patched poorly, but it is cracking and crumbling terribly. The roof […]

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Quick Column Summary:   What causes concrete discoloration Were all slabs poured on same day What additives were used in the concrete Possible solutions for overall concrete color Paula Butterworth, who had some concrete work  done at her home in Kennewick, WA, is not happy with the color of the finished slab. Here's what she […]

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Quick Column Summary: Installing car lift Need to cut into concrete Is mesh enforced concrete enough Strong concrete with steel bars needed Seyla Pen, who lives in southern Maryland, is a shade-tree mechanic. To be more accurate, he's trying to install a professional car lift in his garage. Let him tell you: "I saw a […]

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Quick Column Summary: Stamped concrete overlay on patio Big differences in two estimates Both overlays will work if done correctly Bruce Laybourne, who probably eats lots of Skyline Chili and Aglamesis Mocha Chip ice cream, is scratching his head over two bids for putting a stamped concrete overlay on his patio. Let him tell you. […]

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Quick Column Summary: Concrete finish is rough Best mix of stone, sand and cement How to determine slump of concrete Good finishing ideas DEAR TIM: I'm going to do an ambitious concrete project this summer pouring a long sidewalk. My initial results are disappointing. The finish I'm getting on my concrete is rough and too […]

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Quick Column Summary: Pour long lasting concrete Concrete needs a great base Add strength with steel and more cement Finish and cure for looks and strength DEAR TIM: I know you’ve answered others about how to restore damaged concrete. That’s not my issue. I must pour a new sidewalk, driveway and patio and I want […]

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Quick Column Summary: Restore the beauty of concrete work Tattoo a new look onto your concrete Patch cracks Practice makes perfect DEAR TIM: This has been the winter from Hades. I own a house in Connecticut and my parents have one in sunny Florida. The ice and snow has ravaged my front sidewalk and the […]

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Tim Carter shows a concrete refinishing product that can be colorized and applied to make driveway tattoos and other gorgeous patterns on your drive, sidewalk or patio.

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