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Mortar vs Grout: What’s the Difference?

You’ve probably heard the terms mortar and grout used interchangeably before, but you may not know these products actually differ significantly.  While mortar and grout are both cement-based construction materials, they differ significantly in terms of usage, makeup, texture, and strength.

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Concrete (Cement) Poisoning: Exposure, Treatment & Prevention

If you’re planning a project involving concrete, or maybe your job involves working around concrete or cement, it pays to be aware of the risks of concrete poisoning. While concrete is fairly safe to work with providing you take the necessary precautions, it can cause serious damage if allowed to come in contact with your skin for a prolonged period of time.

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Grout vs. Concrete Explained

You’ve probably heard of grout and concrete before, but unless you’re a professional mason, you likely don’t know all the minute differences when it comes to grout vs concrete. Terms like cement, mortar, concrete, and grout are often used interchangeably, although there are actually major differences between the strength and application of these materials.

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Is Quikrete as Strong as Regular Concrete?

One of the most commonly asked questions when it comes to working with concrete is: “Is Quikrete as strong as regular concrete?”

When you’re planning a project involving concrete, whether it’s installing a fencepost or pouring a slab for a garage, the question of whether to go with fast-setting or standard concrete pops comes up. Each type has its relative strengths and weaknesses, so you’ll want to have a good grasp on the merits of different concrete mixes before heading down to the hardware store and stocking up.

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How to Cut Down (Shorten) a Fence Panel?

If you’re building a fence in your yard with prefab wood fence panels, one of the most common issues you’re likely to run into is one or more panels that are too long. Standard wood fence panels typically come in 8-foot lengths, so if your desired fence length is 70 feet long, you’ll need to cut down a fence panel section to 3.33 feet long to complete the fence.

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How to Install a Fence Panel?

Installing a prefab panel fence is one of the best options when it comes to DIY fencing. Instead of putting together the entire thing on your own, you’ll be able to choose from several different styles of premade fence panels. These panels come in different heights, woods types, and lattice designs – so you shouldn’t have any problem finding one that meets your privacy and design needs.

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How to Install a Gate Latch Cable (Pull String)?

Having a gate latch that’s easy to open from both sides will make your gate easy for just about anyone to operate. If you’ve got kids, older relatives, or anyone with reduced mobility who’s not able to reach over the gate to operate the latch, then learning to install a gate latch cable or pull string is worthwhile.

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How to Paint a Wooden Gate?

Painting or repainting a wooden gate is one of the best ways to spruce up your home’s exterior and enhance its curb appeal. A good paint job will also protect your wooden gate from moisture damage and rot – greatly extending its lifespan and functionality.

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How to Make Dado Joints with a Circular Saw?

While circular saws are typically relegated to the role of making quick cuts in lumber and trimming plywood sheeting down to size, there’s actually a lot more you can do with these versatile tools. Creating simple joints like dadoes is one of those woodworking tasks that is typically accomplished with a table saw or router – but can also be accomplished with a circular saw and a little patience.

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