QUIKRETE has launched new how-to videos,
watch the new how-to videos.
Quick Response (QR) codes and a
Earlier this month, QUIKRETE launched 18 new how-to videos on projects ranging from Pouring &
Finishing Concrete Slabs to Building a Block
Wall to Repairing &
Sealing Cracks in Concrete. The videos are designed to make users
feel comfortable tackling concrete projects and are now available on QUIKRETE.com,
the new mobile website and QR codes located on advertisements and on
retailer bin tags everywhere QUIKRETE is sold.
QR codes are paper-based hyperlinks
that can be scanned with smartphone cameras to open text, photos,
websites and videos in a mobile browser. Once the code is scanned
with a pre-downloaded application, users will have instant access to
a how-to video featuring the steps needed to complete a project with
QUIKRETE. At the completion of the video, users will be directed to
project instructions, a quantity calculator and a shopping list.
The new mobile site is accessible by entering mvideos.QUIKRETE.com into a smartphone internet browser.
A concrete patio is
an easy way to expand your home's outdoor living space, and it can
stand up to years of weathering and use. A concrete patio can
be a gray, utilitarian slab, or it can be a highly decorative focal
point of any backyard living environment.
By including a decorative
finishing technique in your plans - such as exposed aggregates or
etching with acid stain - the design options are virtually unlimited.
In addition, a concrete patio can
serve as a subbase for a mortared patio built with flagstone, tile or
Click here for
more information and step-by-step instructions.
Project Tip: Cosmetic Work
Minor blemishes like small
cracks can be repaired without resurfacing. Instead, try using a
patching material such as QUIKRETE Concrete
Patching Compound. Available in a ready-to-apply putty, the
patching compound is ideal for minor repairs like small
non-structural cracks and spalling less than 1/4 inch think.
Homeowners also can find polymer-modified compounds that bond
directly to the concrete surface for a smooth repair. These compounds
are self-bonding and -curing so no additives are needed.
Another option for cracks less than a half inch wide is QUIKRETE Concrete
Crack Seal, which comes in a quart bottle that makes it easy to
pour directly into the crack. Dry to the touch within 30 minutes, the
sealant maintains adhesion through freeze/thaw cycles. Larger cracks
may require a more flexible polyurethane sealant with increased
bonding power and durability.
For more project ideas and information on concrete maintenance and
repair, check out www.quikrete.com.
SEE ALSO: Watch a video on
repairing and sealing cracks in concrete
Polyurethane Concrete Crack Sealant is a construction grade polyurethane sealant that permanently
repairs, seals and waterproofs cracks in concrete, masonry and stucco
surfaces. Its non-sag formula is ideal for both vertical and
dries to a durable and permanently flexible finish and is textured to
blend with concrete surfaces, thereby avoiding unsightly repairs. QUIKRETE
Polyurethane Concrete Crack Sealant offers excellent adhesion and
helps prevent damage caused by water and ice.
first clean and dry the repair surface to make sure it is free of
loose particles. Cut the tip of the 10 ounce caulking tube at an
angle to make a 1/4 inch to 3/8 inch hole. Insert the cartridge into
a standard caulk gun and apply by pushing the cartridge tip over the
repair surface and force the caulk into the crack. The repair will be
tack free in two hours and remain permanently flexible.
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