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The History Of Steel Reinforced Concrete

There is a number of building materials that have been found to be exceptional when used in the construction of buildings. One of these exceptional building materials is steel reinforced concrete. Steel reinforced concrete is a specific type of concrete that has had strong steel rebar or fibers added to it while wet, creating a very strong type of concrete that is able to withstand almost anything when it has dried. Because the results of using steel reinforced concrete are so good for the strength of the building, most modern buildings today use steel reinforced concrete in the construction process. The advantages of using steel reinforced concrete in building construction was first discovered in the mid 1800's by a man by the name of Joseph Louis Lambot. He found that by adding thin steel bars or steel fibers to concrete, he could greatly increase the strength of the concrete, making it better for use in a variety of applications. In the early years, reinforced concrete was used for making a number of item...


Benefits of Building a Solid Concrete Home

The idea of having a home that is made completely of concrete may seem unappealing. The concrete building that people see today always feel cold and damp on the inside and the look is just not pretty. With so many other stylish home designs to choose from, why would this even be an option? The reason a solid concrete home should be your first choice is that it can benefit both you and the environment.Those cold damp buildings that are made of concrete are old buildings that were made without the architectural abilities that we have now. They stay cold and damp because an unfavorable climate got into the building and the concrete serves as such great insulation that it allowed that climate to fester. Modern concrete homes are designed in such as way that the bad temperatures will not get into the home, making them a very comfortable temperature year round. The need for air conditioners and heaters is practically non-existent.Not only will a solid concrete home cut down your utility bills by a great amount, the...


What To Do If Your Home Water Well Is Infected With Total Coliform Bacteria

According to the U.S Environmental Protection Agency, coliform bacteria are common in the environment and are often not harmful in of themselves. However, the presence of these bacteria in well water or spring water can indicate that the water may be contaminated with disease-causing agents such as parasites, viruses or bacteria. Since testing for pathogens such as the bacteria, protozoa, and viruses that make people sick can be difficult, total coliform bacteria are tested for instead. Total coliforms are indicators and are more common and easy to grow.Coliform bacteria are organisms commonly found in soil or vegetation and in the intestinal tracts of warm-blooded animals. This group of bacteria has long been an indicator of the contamination of water and possible presence of intestinal parasites and pathogens. The coliform bacteria are relatively simple to identify, are present in much larger numbers than the more dangerous pathogens, and react to the natural environment and treatment processes in a manner...


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