Why use Prestressed Concrete vs. Cast-in-Place Concrete? What is Precast/Prestressed Concrete?
The short, salesperson’s answer is “it’s a superior building material.” Now I’m sure long before you reach the end of this you will have figured out that I’m not a salesperson. Whether it be because of the fascination I have with the manipulation of material properties, because of the lack of wordsmithing prowess that engineers... Read more »
Earthquake Shake Tests at UC San Diego <br> Toward 20-story Earthquake-safe Buildings Made from Wood
Earthquake Shake Tests at UC San Diego Toward 20-story Earthquake-safe Buildings Made from Wood
Dakota Crossing is coming along nicely
Dakota Crossing Location: Sisseton, SD General Contractor: Ankeny Builders Inc Architect: Ankeny Architects, LLC Engineer: Innovative Structural Solutions, P.A. Description: Wells provided 60 insulated wall panels – 10” Carbon cast wall panel x 12’ wide with a combination sand blast and waterwash finish, with a white concrete smooth form front entry. For more information about... Read more »
How To Build Concrete Steps and Stairs
Building concrete steps doesn't have to be difficult. If you want to learn how to build concrete steps just follow my step by step directions.
Should I Seal My Asphalt Driveway?
Learn more about driveway sealing including why it is important for protecting asphalt from weather, cracking, and wear and tear.
10 Pounds of Artisan Concrete Mix and a Million Pounds of Creativity
For years we have been talking about making things bigger. Buddy built the Craftsman Mix because he couldn't find kilns big enough for the ceramic objects he wanted to make. The artisans that have come after Buddy have an ongoing battle to make the biggest objects possible, it is really something of an arms race. Because we come from the counter culture (no pun intended), we did the only obvious thing, we asked what we could do to make it smaller So we sent a number of artisans around the country our 10# Artisan Concrete Mix, the only stipulation being that they couldn't use more mix than what was in the bucket. The objects would be voted on by the fine folks at the Haven Conference, and the winner would win a free…
What is the difference between precast concrete construction vs. traditional construction?
When comparing traditional construction versus precast concrete construction the biggest difference is time; precast construction can save you time on-site. Precast construction typically works heavily with the design team in early stages of the project development, and these efforts up front will save time and money for the overall project schedule in the long run. ... Read more »
How to Restore Cracked & Discolored Concrete Without Spending a Fortune
All man-made building materials will eventually begin to show signs of wear, aging, and deterioration, including concrete. While concrete is extremely durable and commonly used as a cost-efficient alternative to other materials, replacing that concrete can be quite costly and time-consuming, along with making a huge mess and possibly destroying existing landscaping in the process. The old concrete must be demolished and hauled away, then...
I’ve Always Noticed A Black Diamond On My Tape Measure, But Had No Idea Why Until Now
Carpenters must know this, but a whole lot of other people do not.
Make Your Own Concrete Planters
Transform molds from your pantry and easy-to-use concrete into a variety of planters that will add texture and charm to your outdoor spaces.