The Ultimate Stamped Concrete Quiz

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The Ultimate Stamped Concrete Quiz
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About This Quiz

Stamped concrete can add a lovely effect to a garden or path. Despite the classy look it adds to your home, stamped concrete paving is affordable and simple enough that you can install it yourself. Have a go at this quiz to see how much you know about working with stamped concrete.
What is another name for stamped concrete?
imprinted
patterned
both of the above
Stamped concrete is also referred to as patterned or imprinted concrete. Stamped concrete is a slab of concrete that has been colored or shaped to resemble other construction materials such as brick, flagstone, tile and wood. Stamped concrete is an affordable option for customizing your home's appearance.

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The consistency of the concrete used for stamped concrete is ______ than regular concrete.
thinner
Thinner concrete is used to make stamped concrete. Large stones are filtered from the concrete so that it is much smoother.
the same
thicker

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Why does the concrete used for stamped concrete need to be thinner than regular concrete?
so it will not crack
so it can be molded
Stiff concrete cannot be molded. Therefore, thinner concrete is used for making stamped concrete.
so it will dry quicker

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What do you need to do before you start your stamped concrete project?
Order the stamps.
You need to choose a design and order the stamps for your chosen design before you start your stamped concrete project.
Get council permission.
Take time off work.

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How should you mark the area in which you will be laying your stamped concrete?
Place random objects along the area.
Use a permanent marker.
Use corner stakes.
Plant corner stakes to mark the area. Make sure you plan and measure the area according to the dimensions of the stamps. The stakes will be nailed to forming boards used in the concrete laying process, so place the stakes so that they will be about 6 inches (15 cm)from the end of each forming board.

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You need to dig out the area where you will lay the concrete. How deep should you dig?
one inch
half a foot
Dig out about half a foot. Pack down the area that you have dug out and spread a 2-inch (5 cm) gravel or sand layer over the area. Pack this layer down as well.
one foot

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The concrete should be laid with a downward slope. What should the drop be for every foot of length?
a quarter-inch
For every foot of length your concrete should drop a quarter-inch. Secure the forming boards accordingly, starting at the highest point and working your way down the slope.
a half-inch
an inch

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What should you place in the dug-out area before you pour the concrete?
water
wire mesh
Place wire mesh in the hole. Make sure it is even with the top of the hole by propping it up on blocks. You also need to line the bottom of the hole with plastic before you start.
sheets of metal

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What should you coat the forming boards with before laying them down?
paint
a sealant
cooking oil
In order to prevent cement sticking to the boards, coat them with cooking oil before laying them down.

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Where should you begin pouring the concrete?
at the lower edge of the hole
in the middle of the hole
Start pouring the concrete in the center of the hole.
at the upper edge of the hole

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What does "screeding" the concrete mean?
placing stamps in the concrete
painting the concrete
smoothing the concrete
Screeding the concrete is the process of smoothing it out. Drag a 2-by-4 over the top of the concrete to create the smooth surface. Once smooth, place the stamps into the concrete and walk on them or press them in with a large mallet. It is a good idea to oil the stamps before putting them into the concrete to prevent them sticking to the concrete.

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How can you keep your concrete looking new?
Sweep it regularly.
Apply a sealant.
Applying a sealant can keep your concrete looking clean and new. You will need to reseal your concrete every two or three years.
Don't walk on it.

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In what sort of climate will you need to reseal your concrete more often?
wet climates
If you live in a place that gets heavy rain or wet winters you will probably need to reseal your concrete more often.
hot climates
dry climates

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Which feature of stamped concrete offers the most options?
color
You will have the most options when choosing the color of your stamped concrete. You can order colored concrete or, if you want to save some money, you can dye the concrete at home. You just need to sprinkle the color pigment over the wet concrete and mix it into the concrete with a trowel.
shape
texture

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What is the problem with coloring your concrete at home?
It can get very messy.
It might not turn out to be the color you thought.
The dye does not penetrate the concrete deeply.
The dye will not penetrate very far beyond the surface of the concrete when you color it yourself. This means that if the concrete cracks or chips, which is a common problem with concrete, you will be able to see the original gray color.

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