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Yup, this is concrete! Or is it cement, steel, or maybe timber frame homes you’re looking for?
Obviously you were directed here in your search for information about your construction project. Given the thousands of information online offered on any given subject, how do you know which one best fit your needs?
First of, why me? Because I had experienced and dealt with just about anything that you can think of after more than 15 years in the industry as an engineering designer, estimator,construction engineer, cement contractor, and general contractor.
My construction knowledge and experience started as structural engineering student at the University of Utah followed by working as a structural designer immediately after graduation.
After years creating and preparing construction plans it became a natural transition to general contracting working directly with business and home owners.
You will find advanced engineering and construction advice here.
If you’re unsure what size footing to use or don’t know how to do an addition to your house or maybe you want to remove a wall in your remodel project.
Diy projects always begin with a thought. To make that thought become reality and before you pay someone for a service that you may not need, let me take a shot at it. After all, the only payment you will make is the time to type your question.
Look around this website, if you can't find what you're looking for, shoot me your question in the Got Question page and I'll be sure to respond quickly.
As the site name suggests, this website is about concrete. Even though steel and wood are very reliable structural materials, neither can function effectively without cement.
A wood or steel building is useless without concrete footings, foundations, and slabs. In all life without concrete is unreliable and miserable - that is if you're a building or a house. For those reasons among others many consider cement as the king of all building materials.
Steel beams are increasingly popular in residential construction and will continue to be as such for years to come. Due to the lack of land to build and with population growth, building materials will continue to be pushed to the limit. In homes where suspended slabs over garages are needed as well as where wood has reached its design limit, steel beams has become the material of choice.
Due to the fact that cement and concrete worldwide are being used interchangeably to mean the same, this website is a reflection of that fact.
The single most important component of a building or structure is the foundation - every structure needs a strong, immovable, and long lasting foundation which perfectly outlines the characteristics that cement brings to building foundations. Constructing upon strong foundations were well understood for centuries as evident by this 2000 year old sermon:
“Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings on mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man who built his house upon a rock."
"And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not for it was founded upon a rock” Matthew 7:24-25
Nowadays concrete is the man-made rock spoken of where homes, highrises, hotels, hospitals, warehouse, bridges, schools, stadiums, airports, etc are founded upon.
This website shares professional experiences both from engineering design and construction perspectives on how to build using cement. I hope you find your answer...
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