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How to Choose the Best Concrete Contractor in London

If your project requires the assistance of a concrete contractor, then you need to be sure you’ve chosen the right one. A lot of time, money and effort is at stake with construction projects, and a sub-par contractor can be the difference between a smooth, successful project and one that suffers from hindrances, delays and even failure. In this article, the team at iMix are going to guide you through the process of choosing the right concrete contractor for your requirements.   Do your research Research is crucial to choosing the right concrete contractor. Draw up a list of the contractors…

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How to Build Wooden Concrete Forms

Building concrete forms might sound complicated on the face of it, but it’s actually very simple. They’re ideal for use as part of foundations for a variety of structures, from sheds to gazebos, and in this article, we’re going to talk you through how you need to lay your wooden concrete forms. Step 1: Prepare the site Site preparation is crucial to the success of any construction project and this one is no different. Firstly, it’s important to check with your local authority to see if you have the requisite permission to undertake a construction project on your site. It’s also…

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How to Lay Rebar for Concrete

Concrete is known for its durability and resilience, but it isn’t infallible. One problem that can occur with concrete is cracking, and when that happens, it can pose structural issues for the concrete, as well as having a detrimental effect on its appearance. In this article, we’re going to look at the process of laying a rebar for your concrete and how that can help. How much rebar do you need? Rebar is placed in increments of one foot, and they’re placed one foot apart. This means that you need to think of the wider picture when laying your rebar. As…

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Why You Shouldn’t Use Recycled Concrete

In almost every other context, using recycled materials is something to be encouraged and praised. However, when it comes to concrete, the use of recycled concrete is not advised, and the team at iMix are going to explain why you should steer clear of repurposing the material. Age If concrete is available to be repurposed, the likelihood is that it has been in use for many years as part of a different structure. New buildings are rarely demolished – it’s often old and unsightly tower blocks, or buildings that have been found to be unsafe. That means that any concrete available…

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Cross Section of a Retaining Wall

A retaining wall’s solidity is determined by the strength and stability of its base. Using a 4ft tall cinder block retaining wall as an example, a compacted base of around 4 to 6 inches will be required for maximum stability, as well as 1 inch of leveling sand. A trench deep enough to accomodate the aforementioned materials, as well as half the height of the cinder blocks used. Against a backfill of crushed rock, step each succeeding course back in by ¾ of an inch. The backfill should stop 6 inches from the top of the wall, whereupon you should use…

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