HOW IS YOUR CONCRETE IQ? THREE FACTS AND A JOKE ABOUT CONCRETE
- The poured concrete that is used in your home’s foundation is created by adding water to cement which hydrates the cement particles and solidifies around other material such as gravel, sand, lime called aggregate. Cement is the activating ingredient but the finished material is called concrete.
- Thomas Edison was awarded 49 patents related to concrete. He experimented with using it to create precast homes, furniture and even appliances such as refrigerators. Most of these ideas did not succeed. A concrete fridge? Really?
- Concrete may harden quickly and achieves 90% of its total strength in about 4 weeks. However, it may continue to strengthen slightly over years and even decades by the conversion of calcium hydroxide into calcium carbonate through the absorption of CO2.
- Some people’s minds are like foundation concrete: thoroughly mixed and permanently set.