Unit 10

Curing and Protection

Concrete is cured by ensuring that proper moisture and temperature conditions are maintained while the concrete gains strength, usually for around seven days. Improperly cured concrete will never gain its entire strength and improper curing can affect durability and resistance to wear. Weather extremes are one of the main hazards to making sure concrete cures …

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Specifications and Testing

A specification is a detailed set of written instructions. Specifications can: supplement the drawings in a set of plans and identify equipment and materials used in the structure; state the requirements that a material, product, system, or service must satisfy; and/or identify how to determine whether the requirements are satisfied. Specifications and standards become legally …

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Epoxy Floors and Specialty Coatings

While concrete is a durable and strong structural element, there are many instances in which it is not the best material for a finished surface.  The purpose of the concrete surface may require that the material provide a high-traction surface or be resistant to chemicals.  Some concrete walls or floors can be enhanced through color or decorative finishes. For these …

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Underlayments / Overlayments

When concrete floors do not meet the specifications for their intended use, underlayment or overlayment materials can be very effective solutions.  The ability of the cement mason to use the correct materials and application procedures to bring these floors into tolerance for their intended use is critical.  In this unit, you will learn how to prepare a substrate, set up a …

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