Concrete Basics: A Guide to Concrete Practice

I’ve been struggling to understand on if/why a concrete slab is necessary. I completely understand the need for footings and foundations – but slabs are not that clear. It’s somethinge eveyone seems to take for granted … but I am undecided on it.

Anyways …  I did come across this excellent free eBook generously published by Cement Concrete & Aggregates Australia – which seem to have many more freely available resources on their website. IF we do end up building with concrete foundations (yep – that’s an if!) we will probably hire a contractor for it – it’s one of those jobs where DIY doesn’t seem to have much point/value. Even so – this eBook is a must read because at least I know what to expect, to relate to engineering/design choices and to make sure things are getting done right on site.

I will probably be spending some time with their resources – I’ll let you know if I find anything interesting 🙂

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  1. 3.5 Lime is a self healing natural product and is a softer concrete when mixed with sand.Old kilns and fireplaces in houses used a lime and sand mix that still exist.Lime is also waterproof and breaths unlike concrete.Perhaps you can learn more about how to make your own lime from limestone.Its easy to do with coal in a rocketstove made of cinderblocks stacked up(16 brick rocket stove style but much taller).Youtube has a video made in Sweden I think.Unlike concrete that gets hard and can’t be used again lime can be made into putty again and again if it gets hard.Lime mortar and putty needs cured 4-6 weeks but can be used immediately.God is amazing.

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