Issue # 17: Concrete
ISSN 1703-5597
September 10, 2003


Contents:
Issue #17 Concrete

  1. The Basics: Glossary, Overview, Detailed Info
  2. Applications: Slabs, Concrete Homes, Many Others
  3. Product Types: Overview Of Products, Fly Ash
  4. Planning: Online Calculator, Durability In Winter, Safety
  5. Installation: Footings, Form Types, New Products
  6. Troubleshooting: Problem Clinic, Stains, Slabjacking
  7. More Resources: Knowledge Base, Association, FAQ

1. The Basics: Glossary, Overview, Detailed Info

Glossary Of Concrete Terms
Slump cone is not what happens on a hot day outside of Dairy Queen. The American Concrete Pavement Association has a good glossary of concrete terms and industry jargon.

How Concrete Is Made: Brief Overview
This brief animated article from Cemex shows you their 10 steps in how concrete is made.

Concrete Basics: More Detailed Info
The Portland Cement Association site gives you lots of more detailed info on concrete and cement manufacturing, aggregates, admixtures, placing, finishing and curing.


2. Applications: Slabs, Concrete Homes, Many Others

Slab On Grade
Here is some good “slab on grade” information from the Concrete Network site. It covers subgrade, cement ratio, curing, driveways, control joints, and foundation types.

Concrete Homes
Several industry associations, including the Portland Cement Association, developed this site. It has lots of info on the new and increasingly popular concrete homes.

Many Other Uses
From this "Concrete Topics" page of the awesome Concrete Network site you can connect to details of many other applications for concrete.


3. Product Types: Overview Of Products, Fly Ash

Overview Of Concrete Products
For a good overview of the various types of concrete products check out this section of the Portland Cement Association site

Fly Ash Concrete
NAHB offers up a report explaining what fly ash is, its benefits and limitations. It is being increasingly used in some areas as it’s considered an environmentally friendly product.


4. Planning: Online Calculator, Durability In Winter, Safety

Online Calculator
For a quick calculation of how many cubic yards you require for both slabs and footings try these handy online calculators on the Concrete Network site.

Durability Under Winter Conditions
If you build in the interior and northern areas of the province then this Canadian Building Digest report may be of value as it discusses the durability of concrete under winter conditions.

Working Safely With Concrete
Your employees or trades may benefit from a quick review of these tips from PCA on protecting the head, eyes, back and skin when working with or near concrete.


5. Installation: Footings, Form Types, New Products

Footing Fundamentals
Another section of the Concrete Network site has a number of guidelines for ensuring strong footings.

Form Types & Tips
This section of an online course manual from Integrated Publishing explains the different types of forms and how they are constructed. Click “next” at top right to see the next section.

New Footing & Pier Forms: Plastic & Fabric
The NAHB Toolbase site has a report on two new types of footing and pier forms made of rigid plastic or fabric bags.


6. Troubleshooting: Problem Clinic, Stains, Slabjacking

Problem Clinic
Concrete Construction Online has an excellent archive of articles here that answer common questions about concrete products, installation, finishing, maintenance and repair.

Removal Of Stains
This Canadian Building Digest report has a chart that lists many different types of stains and how they can be removed. It could be very helpful to you or to your homeowners.

Slabjacking Or Mudjacking
Rather than replacing sunken or uneven concrete you can restore it by raising or stabilizing it. The Concrete Network site explains the slabjacking or mudjacking process.


7. More Resources: Knowledge Base, Association, FAQ

Knowledge Base Of Cement & Concrete
The Cement Association of Canada has a good database of technical information. You can search using your own keywords or select from their drop-down list of topics.

BC Ready-Mixed Concrete Association
BCRMCA is our BC trade association for the ready-mixed industry. Their site has a members’ directory, contact information and articles of local interest.

FAQ & Discussion Forums
Here at the Concrete.com site you can search the Bulletin Board for discussions on a wide range of concrete topics.


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