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Break my barn floor

I bought a farm. I have an outbuilding with a concrete floor. I want to make it into a barn so I need the concrete gone and 4-5 inches of crushed stone so animal waste accumulates not. But this is the mother of all concrete. I tried an electric jackhammer and it was 4 hours before I dented six square feet to a depth of two inches. Now I have a Skid Steer with a hydraulic breaker. I'm down 6-8 inches and no sign of dirt. I'm hitting lattices of rebar and layers of gravel. The breaker is just making holes and there are no cracks radiating from the properly spaced holes. There is no justification for this level of reinforcement. I can't get through it. This was meant to support planets. Help!
posted by Mr. Yuck on Mar 13, 2014 - 15 answers

Economic way to demolish concrete steps?

We have an old wooden deck at the back of our house that we want to remove and replace with a brick patio. It turns out that under the deck is a solid concrete set of steps. We need to get ride of them. How can we do that economically? [more inside]
posted by starkraven on Mar 3, 2014 - 15 answers

Fixing a Hole (where the cold gets in)

What's the best (most weatherized and solid) way to fill in a 22" square window well in a south facing concrete wall that happens to one side of my house? [more inside]
posted by msalt on Feb 1, 2014 - 19 answers

Holes in the wall, concrete behind drywall, shelving disaster.. help!

I'm trying to put up shelves on a wall that, I believe, is drywall over concrete. I made holes for plastic anchors, but the drywall part isn't deep enough for them to fit. Help, I'm about as handy as the two I have at the of my arms! [more inside]
posted by cacofonie on Nov 17, 2013 - 8 answers

I'm looking for contractors for retaining wall repairs in Minneapolis.

I'm getting estimates for repairs to a retaining wall in south Minneapolis; the web's awash in listings, but I'm hoping that some MeFites have worked with and had good experiences with some contractors they could recommend. The wall in question is about 10 feet high and holding up my neighbor's yard, so this is more of a structural thing than a cosmetic thing.
posted by COBRA! on Nov 15, 2013 - 0 answers

Mysterious Concrete Slab

I'm the new owner of a 1950-built home in Whitefish Bay, WI. While doing some landscape regrading around an addition put on sometime after the initial construction (which we think included an expansion of the basement), we discovered this mysterious concrete slab buried underneath some bushes, next to one of the basement windows. Why is it there? And is it doing something important? [more inside]
posted by gerryblog on Aug 21, 2013 - 22 answers

Concrete garden?

How do I beautify a concrete "garden" space without relying on my green thumb? [more inside]
posted by rustcellar on Aug 19, 2013 - 16 answers

Flooring Options Over Green Concrete

We are having a basement finished with very recently placed concrete (on the order of a few months old). Our contractor says that we have to wait to put vinyl flooring down (but we could put down carpet). What are our options for flooring materials? [more inside]
posted by plinth on Aug 13, 2013 - 5 answers

What are some nice ways to improve a gross concrete backyard?

I recently bought a new house. One of the things I liked about the house was that the backyard was a blank slate -- fairly large, but nothing "done." It's just an expanse of concrete, with some edge areas covered with either tan bark or stones to keep weeds out. I thought I'd hire a landscape architect to help me envision nice landscaping and plan something great out there. But I ran out of money! Whoops. So, I turn to the hive. Hive, how would you improve a backyard that is mostly just (quite ugly) concrete, on a budget? I don't love entertaining in a prison yard. [more inside]
posted by fingersandtoes on Jul 9, 2013 - 10 answers

How to hang heavy items from walls & concrete ceiling w/o holes?

I recently moved into a loft in a really nice building. One issue I'm up against is that I am not permitted to drill any holes in the walls or concrete ceiling. I have been using the 3M Command strips and hooks and they work well for small things. However, even the hooks rated for 3 lbs failed to hold my very light-weight surround speakers. I also have a display case for my shot glass collection that weighs 21 lbs before even adding the glasses to it. I am thinking that may just have to live as a resting, rather than hanging, display. But I would also like to hang a lightweight pendant style lamp over the area I've set up as my living room. The ceiling does have some concrete protrusions that extend down from it. Would some hardware like a C clamp be solid enough to hang something like that from? Other suggestions? And recommendations for hanging artwork besides the Command products?
posted by mprove on May 9, 2013 - 10 answers

Two related questions about making a log-splitting block

I'm going to make a concrete block to split firewood on, and have a question about making surface hardened concrete and about whether I should put an iron plate in. [more inside]
posted by wilful on Apr 24, 2013 - 14 answers

Oh drat! I spilled vinegar on my polished concrete floor!

I broke a very large bottle of apple cider vinegar on my floor -- my polished concrete floor. I managed to clean up the spill quite quickly, but it ate away at the surface. You can see the horrid results here. (You may also see some of my tears on the floor.) [more inside]
posted by Lescha on Feb 6, 2013 - 15 answers

How to best level a kitchen floor?

I've gutted my kitchen, and the concrete floor is uneven. Can I get away with only leveling the floor where I'll install the floating flooring, or should I really pour leveler where the cabinets will rest, too? [more inside]
posted by jacob on Dec 21, 2012 - 10 answers

Thickness vs. PSI in Concrete

I am in the process of replacing my almost 20 year old asphalt driveway with concrete and am looking for some advice on what I should be looking out for when picking a contractor. One guy quoted me $5.75/sq. ft for a 4.25" thick driveway, rated at 6500PSI. Another guy quoted me $6/sq. ft for a 6" thick driveway at 4500PSI. Both will be reinforced with steel rebar and I am doing just under 900 sq. ft. This will be completed in the Twin Cities, MN metro area so it will have to withstand the harsh winters the years we do have them.
posted by dyno04 on Aug 20, 2012 - 5 answers

The chisel isn't cutting it. No, seriously, it's not cutting at all.

How do I remove a small concrete shower pan lip without losing my sanity in the process? Special snowflake details inside. [more inside]
posted by muirne81 on Aug 1, 2012 - 6 answers

Transferring a cast

How do I make a hand print in new concrete using a plaster cast which includes a hand? [more inside]
posted by MustardTent on Apr 23, 2012 - 9 answers

What should I do about the gap between my house and the patio?

What should I do about the gap between my concrete patio and the house? [more inside]
posted by johnxlibris on Mar 29, 2012 - 13 answers

How can I set up a mildew-free workout space in my unfinished basement?

I want to use my unfinished basement as a workout space and have laid down some interlocking foam tiles on the bare concrete floor. However, the floor under the tiles has started showing mildew after a few weeks in place. How can I set up a comfortable workout space in a typically humid but not wet basement without having to lift the tiles every couple of months to scrub out the mildew? [more inside]
posted by wexford_arts on Feb 13, 2012 - 13 answers

Advice on painting a concrete patio.

I want to re-paint my friend's concrete patio... [more inside]
posted by efalk on Feb 10, 2012 - 2 answers

Is there a way to level a wood floor?

Leveling a wooden plank floor to install tile, for dummies. [more inside]
posted by slidell on Feb 8, 2012 - 8 answers

red wine meets concrete..

New white concrete driveway, meet bottle of red wine. Please help me get the stain out! [more inside]
posted by needlegrrl on Nov 13, 2011 - 23 answers

Quick fix floor.

How to quickly retile over a busted old floor? Bonus: potential asbestos hazard. [more inside]
posted by zvs on Sep 29, 2011 - 9 answers

Concrete overlay on existing laminate counter / improving dull cabinets

Please help me remodel my beige/offwhite plastic-looking kitchen ... on a shoestring! [more inside]
posted by 2soxy4mypuppet on Aug 23, 2011 - 15 answers

Concrete/General homebuilding questions

Looking into building a house near Golden/Boulder CO area. Planning on using ICF's. Looking for suggestions of almost any kind. Would like the house to be about 2000sqft. Am a teacher and worked construction for several summers (but only w/ stick built houses) a few years ago so I will have some time and rudimentary knowledge. Trying to keep the house as simple as possible to keep costs down. Simple rectangular shape and roof and trying to avoid the need to any custom building supplies. If we keep it under $300,000ish we won't need financing. Is it possible? [more inside]
posted by no bueno on Aug 10, 2011 - 4 answers

Oil Stains on Garage Floor

How can I best remove old oil stains from my concrete garage floor? [more inside]
posted by PFL on Jul 27, 2011 - 9 answers

I I I I I Have Some Stepping Stones

Give me ideas on how to re-purpose leftover stepping stones. [more inside]
posted by schleppo on Jun 17, 2011 - 7 answers

Learning to love Austin, TX

How do I learn to love where I live? (South Austin,TX) [more inside]
posted by raccoon409 on May 24, 2011 - 27 answers

What to write in wet concrete?

What should I write in newly poured concrete? Quick, before it dries! [more inside]
posted by illenion on May 11, 2011 - 50 answers

Pouring concrete for fence posts was tiring enough, thank you very much!

ConstructionFilter: Mounting posts to concrete, but not in? [more inside]
posted by InsanePenguin on Apr 5, 2011 - 17 answers

I need a smoother commute to the mailbox!

My Driveway is long.... Very long around 8/10 of a mile. I want to concrete the whole thing but it's too cost prohibitive. As an alternative I'm thinking about pouring it as two parallel tire track widths. I'd like to research this but am having trouble finding the right search terms. Is there an industry term for this type of driveway? Has any one here done this what are the pros and cons? [more inside]
posted by jmsta on Mar 5, 2011 - 19 answers

Building out a basement

Dig a basement under an existing house? I have a crawlspace underneath an attached 100 year old house that I want to dig into a basement. What Do I need to do to make it happen? [more inside]
posted by Napierzaza on Jan 3, 2011 - 10 answers

(Should I/How can I) have concrete driveway repair and tuckpointing work done in cold weather?

A contractor is planning to come out this week and replace a substantial portion of my driveway. It (was and) will be a concrete driveway. The same contractor ('s father) will also be doing a substantial amount of tuckpointing. I live in Cleveland and as you know this is mid-November. Should I be concerned about the cold/snow/rain affecting the durability of their work? What should I expect them to do to adapt to the weather? Should I just try to get them to wait until Spring? [more inside]
posted by stuart_s on Nov 14, 2010 - 9 answers

Will freshly set concrete burn my dogs paws?

Will freshly set concrete burn my dogs paws? [more inside]
posted by Joe Rocket on Sep 20, 2010 - 6 answers

Pouring a concrete riser on a pre-existing concrete floor

What's the best way to pour a raised concrete slab on top of a pre-existing concrete floor? [more inside]
posted by bjork24 on Sep 7, 2010 - 12 answers

Can I level concrete footings?

Uneven concrete footings for a deck - can they be leveled somehow or do I need to re-dig? [more inside]
posted by bitteroldman on Sep 4, 2010 - 14 answers

How do I fix my cement driveway?

How do I fix my cement driveway? [more inside]
posted by jjderooy on Sep 2, 2010 - 6 answers

How can I patch the exposed cinder block at my back door?

RenoFilter: So I've had a external door cut and installed in a cinder-block wall. How the heck should I finish / patch up the exposed cinder-blocks? Concrete? Siding? Pictures inside. [more inside]
posted by consummate dilettante on Aug 10, 2010 - 3 answers

Can a screw in Polyfilla Plug It ever be removed?

As suggested in this AskMe, I'm going to use Polyfilla Plug It to screw curtain railings into a concrete ceiling. (I'll be following these directions.)But once I screw the screw into the Polyfilla -- will I be able to unscrew it in the future if I want to take down the curtains? Or will the screw be permanently fixed in place? [more inside]
posted by yankeefog on Jul 1, 2010 - 2 answers

How to patch the underside of a concrete cantilevered balcony?

cantilevered balcony How do I patch the underside of a concrete cantilevered balcony? [more inside]
posted by bitteroldman on Jun 25, 2010 - 8 answers

Help prevent an avoidable fire related backyard accident!

Would a concrete planter function as a firepit? (see pic inside) [more inside]
posted by cheemee on Jun 1, 2010 - 10 answers

How do I get this off of my concrete floor?

My rug gripper has fused to my concrete floor. Please help me clean it off. [more inside]
posted by AtomicBee on May 7, 2010 - 6 answers

How to get out stain or marks on sidewalk?

How do you get reddish brown marks off sidewalk caused from the snowblower scraping along the concrete? [more inside]
posted by lynnie-the-pooh on Mar 30, 2010 - 6 answers

BUilding Code for concrete driveway

What does 2006 building code say about pouring a cement driveway? [more inside]
posted by blueplasticfish on Mar 13, 2010 - 4 answers

Construction Strategies

What countries have building codes that deal with both earthquakes and hurricanes? [more inside]
posted by a womble is an active kind of sloth on Mar 9, 2010 - 7 answers

The foolish man built his shed upon the sand

Planning a shed on a beach. How should I build the foundation? [more inside]
posted by Popular Ethics on Mar 6, 2010 - 13 answers

Building Materials

How big are the holes that are left from digging up the material for the world's buildings? Where can I see one? [more inside]
posted by devnull on Jan 21, 2010 - 27 answers

concrete 'mold', rammed earth in Mexico

Why does so much of the concrete work here eventually mold? (I am in the Yucatan) If that is the right word for this action. The discoloring. Is there an admixture missing? Something that is used elsewhere? how much is to be blamed on the humidity? People elsewhere are experimenting w/ new mixtures (i. e. fly ash) to make less wasteful, lighter etc.; in this area, is anyone experimenting w/ new formulas? What is the difference between exposed formwork say, in the US, and here? Oh, and one more. Could 'rammed earth' construction be done here? What is the raw ingredient necessary? There is alot of limestone here.
posted by ebesan on Nov 20, 2009 - 10 answers

Concrete mulch.

Is using a concrete slab with holes for plantings the best weed prevention in my backyard garden? [more inside]
posted by boby on Oct 24, 2009 - 14 answers

Rain ruined my patio!

DIY-Disaster Filter: I sealed my new (expensive) concrete patio with water based sealant. Followed the directions by cleaning it the day prior and waiting 24 hours for it to dry completely. Just as I was finishing my first coat it started to rain unexpectedly. Help me fix it! [more inside]
posted by shew on Oct 7, 2009 - 5 answers

How easy are self-leveling cement compounds to use?

How easy are self-leveling cement compounds to use? [more inside]
posted by markblasco on Sep 24, 2009 - 10 answers

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