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Right from laying a strong foundation to the final finishing touches, here's what
you need to keep in mind to ensure that your home stays strong and beautiful.
Cement is highly sensitive to moisture. When exposed, it chemically reacts and partially
loses strength. Hence, it is necessary to store the cement properly to protect it
from dampness and humidity and to retain its freshness.
In order to produce good quality concrete that imparts strength and durability to
the structure, the quality of materials should be given due consideration. It is
important to know more about selecting the materials - cement, aggregates and water.
It provides better strength, durability and stability for the structures.
Good formwork has to be rigid with sufficient support to withstand all the load
till the concrete hardens. Read more about the various things regarding good formwork
When it comes to batching, precision is the key. For the perfect mixture you need
to get the right mix of sand, cement, jelly / metal and water. Make sure you're
doing it right by following these expert tricks and techniques.
Concrete should be transported and placed at site/forms as quickly as possible without
segregation, before commencement of setting, and deposition of concrete in its final
designated position without segregation of ingredients.
Freshly placed concrete needs to be compacted properly to expel the air voids, in
order to get dense, strong, and durable concrete. Compaction can be done manually
Ensure that the concrete surface is level and uniform by performing the finishing
operations like creeding, floating, trowelling, brooming, edging etc.
Curing is the process of maintaining moisture in freshly placed concrete to ensure
proper hardening and to attain desirable strength and durability. Curing should
be continuously done for a specified period of time.
The walls in load bearing structures should be strong enough to carry the load and
transfer it safely to the foundation. The use of good quality bricks or blocks with
appropriate construction techniques, plays a vital role in making stronger walls.
Plastering provides an even, smooth, clean and durable base for painting the surfaces
and it provides protection to the brickwork against rain, sun etc.
Addition of excess water to mortar and loss of moisture from the freshly plastered
surface due to evaporation leads to shrinkage cracks. It is important to know the
different types of cracks in plastering, their causes, preventive measures and remedies.
Efflorescence, grinning and blistering are some of the common problems we see in
plastering. Find out how you can avoid them from happening.