Two Different Ways You Can Use Ready-Mix Concrete to Enhance Your Landscaping

Posted by on Jul 29, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Ready-mix concrete can be used for a variety of projects from patching up a concrete driveway to laying a new concrete slab for a patio. If you are ready to make some changes in your landscaping, you can use ready-mix concrete for this purpose. Keep reading to learn two ways you can do this. Landscape Edging You can use concrete as landscape edging. This can save you a lot of time, as with concrete edging you will not have to keep replacing broken or rusted landscape edging. You will likely like the look of concrete edging also. The concrete can be used in many types of curves, unlike metal curbing. Concrete edging can also keep weeds and grass from invading your flower gardens. To get started with landscape edging, lay a garden hose on the ground in the shape you want the edging to be. This will give you a guide to go by. Next, excavate the perimeter of the border, removing approximately eight to ten inches of the soil. When you are finished excavating, compact the soil so there will be a solid base for the concrete. You can compact it by using a tamping tool, which you can purchase at a garden center. Mix the concrete according to the instructions provided. If you want your concrete to be a certain color, you can purchase coloring at the home-improvement store. It comes in a powdered form. You can find colors that will make the concrete look like brick, stone, or another specific color you want. Follow the instructions on the powdered color you purchased so you know how much powder to add to the concrete. Pour the concrete into the excavated soil and use a trowel to smooth it out until it is even. Let the concrete dry completely, and then remove the hardboard and wooden stakes Concrete Pavers You can use the ready-mix concrete to make concrete pavers to add a stone walkway to your landscaping. You could add a walkway path that leads to a flower garden, a bench, or another place in your yard. Before you starting making the concrete pavers, you will have to find a mold. You can use a mold of any size or shape. Mix the ready-mix concrete according to the package directions. Spray the mold liberally with non-stick oil cooking spray to keep the concrete from sticking to the mold. Pour the concrete you prepared into the mold. Make sure the concrete is even inside the mold. If it is not, use a trowel to even it out. Place a rag over the concrete to soak up any excess water that may be on top of it, and then remove the...

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Water Down To A Trickle? 4 Steps To Service Your Pressure Tank

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If the water from your faucet is coming out as a trickle, you might have a problem with your pressure tank. The pressure tank ensures that water from your well will flow through to your home with proper amount of force. To ensure that your pressure tank works properly, you need to perform routine maintenance. Here’s a quick guide to proper pressure tank maintenance. Turn the Power Off Before you begin any work on your pressure tank, you need to make sure that the entire well has been turned off. Begin by turning the power off at the well. Be sure that the power is off to both the well and the pressure tank. Next, you’ll need to turn the power to the well off at the circuit breaker. This will ensure that the power is off to the entire system. Be sure to place a note on the circuit breaker letting people know that you’ve turned the power off. Labeling the circuit breaker will ensure that someone doesn’t accidentally turn the power back on while you’re working on the pressure tank. Drain the Tank Once you have the power turned off, you’ll need to drain the tank. This is a simple process that only requires a garden hose. Locate the drain at the bottom of the tank. Attach your garden hose to the drain and open the valve. The water should begin draining as soon as you open the valve. Leave the valve open until all the water has been drained from the tank. Remove the Hatch When all the water has been drained from the tank, you can disconnect the air regulator and remove the hatch. Using a pair of adjustable pliers, twist the regulator to loosen the connection and remove the regulator. Once the regulator has been removed, use a screwdriver to loosen the screws and carefully lift the hatch off the tank. Service the Tank To maintain adequate water pressure, the tank needs to be clean. Calcium deposits can build up inside the tank. Those deposits can reduce the effectiveness of your pressure tank. Use steel wool to clean the inside of the pressure tank. Wipe the residual away with a soft cloth, and replace the hatch and the regulator. If you receive your water through a well, you need to make sure that the pressure tank is working properly. Use the instructions provided here to keep your tank clean. Talk to a professional, like Valley Drilling Corp, for more...

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