Good Day: Lets explain concrete mix and how your bricklayer is expected to mix your next foundation / decking.
Most time as Non-Construction experienced house builders, we put our trust on the bricklayers to mix our concrete rightly, however very few of them can be trusted to do the right thing - If your bricklayer negotiated for material and labour (its even more difficult to trust him) because he might be maximizing gain and reducing materials; often times even when you buy your materials; they tend to put in excess sand, granite ratio to minimize time spent in doing the job.
LETS DISCUSS THE BASIC RATIOS AND WHAT IS EXPECTED OF THEM.
With the current increasing cost in
building a house in Nigeria, and with the Nigeria Culture/Mentality “I must have my own House” a lot of Nigerians have been looking for various
building material options which are relatively cheaper and perform the same
function as the conventional ones.
One of such material options which I will be focusing on this thread is
Expanded Polystyrene (EPS), This material is strong, durable, light weight,
water resistance with excellent thermal insulation which is very popular in
Environmentally “Green” Homes. Expanded Polystyrene is an affordable and incredibly sustainable choice in the
construction circle due to versatility and performance. It can be used in construction as a structural base infill for example in floor
Slab, Roads, Bridges Railway infrastructure, or as a structural element of its
own, Roof Eaves, wall (partition), Décor Materials.
Wikipedia defines foundation as: A foundation (or, more commonly, base) is the element of an architectural structure which connects it to the ground, and transfers loads from the structure to the ground. Foundations are generally considered either shallow or deep.
It is advisable to know suitability of each types of foundation before deciding which best suit your design type and soil. We would discuss them briefly below: Types of Foundation and their Uses
The following are different types of foundations used in construction: 1. Shallow foundation Strip foundationPad or Individual footing foundationRaft or Mat foundation 2. Deep Foundation Pile foundation
We would only focus on the shallow foundation in our discussion here; 1a. Strip foundation
Strip footings are commonly found in load-bearing masonry construction, and act as a long strip that supports the weight of an entire wall. These are used where the building loads are carried by entire walls rather than isolated columns.
This type …