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How to Protect Skin From Concrete

We all know that safety measures should be taken as a precaution against injury when working in construction, be that commercial construction or home DIY. What is often forgotten is that concrete, though it’s a useful and versatile material, can cause concrete burns. A concrete burn is a type of chemical burn caused by the calcium hydroxide in the concrete. This particular chemical has a highly alkaline pH of 12-13, whereas human skin is slightly acidic at 5.5, which causes it to burn. Amongst the most common effects of a concrete burn are inflammation of the skin and painful conditions, such…

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How to Store Concrete Mid-Project

You’re working hard on a home improvement project – a garden shed, let’s say. The foundations are dug, the ground leveled and the formwork perfected. All that’s needed is a fresh pour of concrete. But sometimes life throws a spanner in the works. Either there’s a problem with the project itself, or maybe there’s an emergency you need to attend to at just the wrong time. It raises the question… Can you store wet concrete? The short answer to this query is no. It isn’t possible to store wet concrete once it’s ready to pour. If the concrete isn’t ‘agitated’, either…

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How to Protect Skin From Concrete

We all know that safety measures should be taken as a precaution against injury when working in construction, be that commercial construction or home DIY. What is often forgotten is that concrete, though it’s a useful and versatile material, can cause concrete burns. A concrete burn is a type of chemical burn caused by the calcium hydroxide in the concrete. This particular chemical has a highly alkaline pH of 12-13, whereas human skin is slightly acidic at 5.5, which causes it to burn. Amongst the most common effects of a concrete burn are inflammation of the skin and painful conditions, such…

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What is Volumetric Concrete?

When it comes to concrete, whether you need just a little or an awful lot, it’s always best to talk to your concrete supplier about your needs, especially if you’re not sure about something technical. If you’re a budding DIY’er, you might have heard about volumetric concrete and wondered, ‘what’s so special about it?’ That’s what we’re here to answer in this month’s post.   What is volumetric concrete? Volumetric concrete is concrete that is mixed on site using a specialist vehicle known as a volumetric concrete truck. On board are all the ingredients used to make any grade of concrete…

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