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Repairing Cracks

Today I want to talk to you about cracks in concrete driveways, and sidewalks. I know you probably think that a small little crack is nothing to get excited about, but it is. Why…because that little crack can let rain water get down into the concrete, and the ground will expand. That pushes the concrete some more and opens the crack up even farther. Then you have a not just a little crack, but a large crack that is even more work to fill. Sometimes the water will push up the concrete so much that you completely have to replace it. And that’s why we take care of a small crack.

When they are just hairline cracks you need to use Rockite. Rockite is a very fine powder that has more holding power than regular cement in one hour. Rockite expands as it dries and can be walked on in 15 minutes. It dries to a grey concrete color, and is self leveling.

Next if there is a crack that is a little larger, or a chip of concrete that you want to glue back. Use the product called Slab. This product comes in a caulking tube. Clean the area that you want to fix, fill the crack with sand and leave about 3/8” at the top so you don’t waste the Slab product. Slab also moves with the concrete, so the crack will not open up again. And then there is the expansion joint area of a concrete driveway. Sometimes it’s filled with a piece of lumber that after a while will pop up out of place or rot and come out. The product to use for this problem is Quikcrete Polyurethane Sealant that is self- leveling. Clean out the joint, dam up the ends of the joint (so the Quikcrete doesn’t roll out) and fill the joint with sand up to the last 3/8’s, and then fill with Quikcrete. Now you have 3 ways to take care of any concrete cracks before they are a problem.

Now to the email…..

Question: I just bought a house and the previous owner smoked. The smoke smell is horrific. I am writing you first because I don’t want to do something, and then realized I should have done something else. We don’t move in while we are renovating so we want to do this right. So from start to finish…how do we get rid of the smell?
Answer: This is a great question. I know you said you are replacing the flooring, so when you pull all of it up…mop the slab with Bio Zapp. This will neutralize the smell and not let it affect the new carpeting. Then when you are painting, put Bio Zapp Concentrate in the paint. Then put an Air Sponge in the return air vent. Use the “Fan Only” setting on the AC unit, and just let it run for 24 hours. This will clean out the duct work and help clean out the smoke smell. You can get an Air Sponge in 3 sizes, ½ lb, 1 lb and 4 lb.

Question: We have a salt water pool. It has ruined our outdoor furniture. What can we do to repaint it because having it powder coated again is completely out of the question. What kind of paint do I use? Do I have to strip off the remaining paint? And is this a DIY project?
Answer: Sure it’s a DIY project. Just don’t get in a hurry and take your time. The same thing happen to my Mom and Dad….salt water pool and it ruined their outside furniture. Remove the rest of the paint with Soy Gel, a odorless paint remover. After all the paint is off, prime the aluminum with Krud Kutter Metal Etch. Then paint with a good metal paint. I would spray it on. Rust Scat Enamel or Rust Cap Enamel are both great for the job.

Question: The other morning I found some small bugs in my bathroom area. I have no idea what they are, just want them gone. I am sure they are not termites, just these teensy little black bugs. I have a small dog so I am careful what I spray inside the house.
Answer: Use a product called Shoo Fly Screen and Surface. It gets rid of anything that crawls. And it dries in 20 minutes; it’s perfectly safe around children and small pets.