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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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Resurfacing concrete will rejuvenate any spalling damage on walkways and driveways. Determine how thick your overlay will be to ensure you get the right materials. An overlay of less than 3/4 inches will not need any pea gravel. Cement paint will help permanently bond new to old. Read on for further tips.

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Rebar or reinforcing steel in concrete is a great step for a lifetime of beautiful walkways and driveways. Make sure that your contractor gets concrete mix that is specific to the job and that no water is added to this mix. Your concrete needs to cure correctly..read on.

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Compact Fill Under Slab TIPS Concrete bends and breaks Use self-compacting fill Water helps compact Concrete block ledges on footer CLICK HERE to Get Tim's FREE & FUNNY Newsletter! DEAR TIM: My new home is under construction. I'm in a disagreement with my builder about what's going to happen under my garage slab. Right now […]

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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 recently saw a new paving system that I thought was ingenious. Instead of a solid driveway there were two strips of some precast concrete, each about 2-feet wide for the car tires. Grass was growing within the concrete strips and the area between the concrete was just lawn. Back by the person’s […]

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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: My wife has instructed me that I no longer can put off the deck project. I got the confidence to do all the work above ground, but I’m worried about the deck foundation. What do I need to know about deck pier forms so my deck posts don’t sink into the ground and […]

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DEAR TIM: I’ve got an odd problem. I have concrete spalling on a sidewalk that leads from my concrete driveway to my home. The concrete driveway and sidewalk were poured at the same time. The driveway is in great shape, but the sidewalk has all sorts of places where the top surface of the concrete […]

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DEAR TIM: We’re having a problem with the front porch on our home that’s forty-four years old. The outside corner of the poured concrete porch is curving up lifting the post that’s supporting the roof. There’s no tree or roots that could be to blame. The brickwork under the porch that connects back to the […]

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