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Concrete Patch - The Best Ones Require Work Do you have a wide unsightly crack in your concrete sidewalk, driveway, or patio? The concrete may have cracked all the way through the slab and now one piece is higher than the adjacent piece. Some cracks can be trip hazards. Each Sunday, I walk up the […]

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Surfside City Condo Collapse - My Early Guess: Rusty Rebar Fractures and Weakened Concrete Columns This past weekend, my wife asked me all sorts of questions about the tragic sudden collapse of the 40-year-old condominium building near Miami, Florida. We’ve dated since high school and she knows I’ve got a geology degree instead of one […]

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Repair Stucco Wall - Why It Failed My wife and I are the head ushers at our church. Each Sunday when we arrive early, we walk up a ramp that allows those attending mass in a wheelchair an easy way into Sacred Heart Church in Laconia, NH. The ramp was built with two poured concrete […]

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Install Tile Over Cracked Concrete Floor - Use a Membrane QUESTION: I’m about to install ceramic tile on a concrete floor of a 40-year-old house. The concrete floor has cracks in it. This is a DIY endeavor and I don’t have the extra money to install the expensive membrane that I should use. Are my […]

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  "If you decide to apply one of the many magnificent epoxy coatings, you introduce a wildcard into the equation. There's a good chance the epoxy will fail and chip." DEAR TIM: I’ve got problems with some of the concrete on the outside of my home as well as in my garage. There are lots […]

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DEAR TIM: I’m about to have a new concrete driveway installed as well as some sidewalks. I asked the bidding contractors how long I might expect the concrete to last. The range given was from twenty to thirty years. That seems like a long time but I thought it could last much longer. How long […]

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Smoking Fireplaces QUESTION #1: Oh Tim, I need your help. I’ve got a masonry fireplace that puffs smoke into the room when a fire is burning. It gets worse as the fire dies down. I’ve spoken with three different bricklayers who build fireplaces and have received three different answers. Confusion reigns at my home and […]

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Ask the Builder Podcast 20 Concrete Popout Repair: Concrete Popout Repair - Tim Carter, founder of AsktheBuilder.com, gives Ron some advice about how to repair concrete popouts in the control joints in a home association driveway. It's possible the concrete was weak at this location because the concrete finishers used extra water when they tooled […]

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Ask the Builder Podcast 17 Highlights: Repair Concrete Porch Sinking Podcast Sponsor: Stain Solver - Certified Organic Oxygen Bleach Home Improvement and Home Construction Podcast Photos, Links and Great Stuff: Repair Concrete Porch Column Related Links: Concrete Epoxy Repair Products and VIDEO Subscribe to the AsktheBuilder Podcast .

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