Cement is a fine, gray powder that is used as a construction binding material. When mixed with water, cement reacts chemically and becomes hard and strong. Cement is categorized as either hydraulic or nonhydraulic, depen... More »

Tricalcium silicate, also called alite, is one of the most abundant compounds found in cement and has the chemical formula Ca3SiO4. Its shorthand formula is C3S. Another abundant compound in cement is dicalcium silicate,... More »

The standard ratio for general purpose mortar, type N mortar, is one part Portland cement, one part lime and six parts sand. Type N mortar is typically used for exterior walls above ground level that are exposed to the e... More »

Concrete mixing ratios are the formula for calculating the correct amount of each ingredient used, including water, cement, sand and aggregate, to produce concrete with the properties desired. A basic concrete ratio is o... More »

The Menards online product catalog offers building materials for most home construction projects, including lumber, post frame materials, roofing materials, acrylic and glass sheeting, and fencing materials, as well as c... More »

A concrete mixer is a device used in construction that combines cement with water and aggregate to create concrete. These mixers range in size from large commercial trucks to small, portable concrete mixers. The componen... More »

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In general construction use, there are 11 different types of cement, such as quick-setting, rapid-hardening and low-heat cement. Each type of cement is composed of different materials, and has markedly different uses, ra... More »