Diy Concrete Stone
DIY concrete stone is a material that we use to make concrete when we mix this building construction product ourselves for building projects. We use DIY concrete stone for do-it-yourself projects and so we need to be sure that it is easy enough to work with. So if you're about to embark on some do-it-yourself projects, and you don't think there is a difference between DIY concrete stone and any other kind, keep on reading.
The stone needed for this purpose is a coarse aggregate that is larger than the fine sand used in the mix. It is either a natural gravel or crushed aggregate that we use together with building sand, cement and potable water to make the concrete that we need for foundations and other building structures.
But why, you may ask, do we use it? Do you know that we mix mortar for bricklaying using a mix of cement, sand - which is a fine aggregate - and water? Adding the coarse aggregate to make concrete helps to bulk the mixture out, which in turn makes it cheaper, and a lot stronger. We use mortar to lay bricks and to plaster and screed walls and floors. If we added a coarse aggregate to this mix we wouldn't be able to work with it in this way, but it has other very useful purposes.
When you choose the particular coarse aggregate that you need for your mix, be careful that it meets the needs of whatever you are doing, and the particular mix you are using. Usually companies that manufacture cement have reliable mix tables that do-it-yourself enthusiasts can use. Check these before you start adding cement, sand and water to the crushed stone. You will normally see the tables printed on the packaging.
Important Factors for the DIY Concrete Stone
One of the most important factors to remember if you are doing your own mixing is that the smaller the stone, the easier it will be to mix. Concrete-work is hard and heavy work, but again, you need to be sure that the quantities you include in your mix are exactly right for the job you are doing. So don't necessarily simply choose the smallest aggregate that is available.
Also remember that a reinforced foundation for a house versus a low retaining wall for a flower bed will require totally different material ratios. The coarse aggregate might look the same, but sizes might in fact differ, and ratios might be quite different to those you used elsewhere. Expect this.
Whatever concrete you are mixing yourself, just be certain that your ratios are correct, especially for your DIY concrete stone.