Uneven floors and cracks in your home can be a problem. They negatively affect the overall look of the home and become spots where small animals and pests inhabit. Learn floor leveling and concrete restoration so that instead of hiring builders, you can fix these problems yourself.
Before undergoing this project, it is important that you know the proper tools, materials, and techniques available for a successful floor leveling project. Here are any easy steps to help you get started.
The materials you will need for this project include the following:
-Floor leveling compound-Four-foot level Nylon String-Trowel-Five-gallon bucket-A Drill and Mixing bucket-Sandpaper
The first thing you should do in the floor leveling process is to locate low spots on the floor. After finding them, stretch a nylon string across those spots. Attach the string to the high points of the floor on both sides of the low areas. You will later use the string as a reference when you start spreading and smoothing the floor leveler.
After doing this, you can add water and leveling powder to a five-gallon bucket. Mix them using the drill and mixing bit. Spread this mix until the floor is in level with the reference string. Make sure the floor is clean before you apply the floor leveler.
After doing this, you should wait for the floor to dry and sand away any imperfections with course sandpaper.
Concrete Restoration 101
Your home may need concrete restoration, on the other hand, if you find cracks in your basement or other rooms in your house. This procedure can give your home a fresher and newer appearance. It also addresses damages done by weathering and other elements that aesthetically affect the home.
This procedure is quite simple. First, you should clean the concrete area. Sweep away the dirt and debris then wash the area with water. After leaving the area to dry, identify the cracks in the area for restoration. Wet the cracks with water and let it run through the cracked area.
Mix a small amount of concrete a little thicker than recommended. If the package directions require a ratio of 2:1 concrete to water, mix 3:1. Stir this into a thick paste, and then apply the paste to the cracked area. You may use a trowel to press the thick substance into the cracks, filling it to the top, even with the unaffected areas. After doing this, create a thin mix of concrete by adding more than recommended water. For example, if the instructions call for a 2:1 ratio, you should mix 2:2.
Apply the thin mixed concrete over and smooth with a trowel. Make sure the mix blends evenly with the surrounding concrete.
After doing this, slowly pour the mixed concrete onto the surface. Use a shovel to spread the mixture. Smooth the new concrete once more with a push broom or a towel. A wide trowel can give a smooth finish while a push broom can give a rough surface. Cut the edges of the area using a trowel. As the concrete begins to stiffen, you can make straight edges by running the trowel along the pre-existing edge.