About the Blogger
Bob Schmidt, Sakrete Product Manager

Bob Schmidt is Product Manager for Sakrete of North America. He has been involved with various aspects of quality and design for concrete and masonry products for more than 28 years. He is a member of the American Concrete Institute (ACI) and ASTM International. Bob knows concrete. Just ask him a question.

How to Pick the Best Sakrete® Product for Your Repair

What’s the best crack repair product for you? We’re here to help you pick the right one and get the job done right.
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Tackle These 3 Outdoor Projects with Sakrete®

Use Sakrete this spring to check 3 common to-do items off your home improvement project list.
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Navigating Mortar Mixes

We’re taking a deep dive into the world of mortar mix to help you understand what you need for your next project.
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A Recap of World of Concrete 2017
Even if you missed out on World of Concrete, you won’t miss out on our new products.
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Concrete Design Trends for 2017
2017 concrete design trends are full of technique, color and style.
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Creating Traction in Winter Conditions

We’ve all seen drivers fishtail on slick winter roads. Create traction for these conditions using SAKRETE sands.
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Concrete Mixes 101: Which Mix Should You Use for Your Project?

Determine which concrete mix is best to use for a variety of DIY projects.
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Driveway Maintenance Tips

Quick, simple fixes for minor asphalt and concrete driveway repairs
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Stone Veneer Mortar: When and How to Use It

Create beautiful, durable stone veneer structures for a variety of interior and exterior projects.
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DIY Concrete Countertops: Project Planning Guide

Get started on your DIY concrete countertop project with design inspiration and tips.
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Part Two: What Causes Concrete Cracks & How Do I Minimize Them?

Learn how to avoid common application mistakes in your next DIY concrete slab project.
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Part One: What Causes Concrete Cracks & How Do I Minimize Them?

Learn how to avoid common application mistakes in your next DIY concrete slab project
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Applying Polymeric Sand to an Existing Patio or Walkway

It is a little more expensive, requires more time and more attention to detail but will likely leave you much more satisfied with the end result.
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Play Sand and is it Safe for my Kids?

"Sand has gotten a bad name due to the industrial applications it is used in"
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Repairing Damaged Concrete Floors

PROBLEM: Mid-Century Modern home built between 1964-1966, used lightweight concrete as floor covering. Over 40+ years concrete in high traffic areas failed and disintegrated undercarpeting. This resulted in dips, flexible spots,metallic creaks and moans
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Setting Basketball Poles and Mail Box Posts

Posts and Poles can also be set with Sakrete Concrete
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Why do concrete slabs crack?

Some cracks appear within hours of pouring. Others took many years to develop. What's the story??
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What is Mortar?

There are three things that make mortar very different from concrete...
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Bonding to Existing Concrete

There are two basic methods for bonding a portland cement based product to existing concrete:
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Placing Concrete in hot or cold weather

People who pour concrete for a living can work almost year round in most parts of the country.
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Finishing Concrete

Have you ever seen a sidewalk poured with new concrete and watched someone finish the concrete? Like everything else that is done by someone with experience, it looked easy. Right? Guess what?
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Cement or Concrete????

In this blog we will hit the highlights on the differences with concrete and cement.
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Mixing Concrete

With few exceptions concrete or any cement based product needs to be mixed with water before you can place it. This sounds simple enough. Dump in the water and stir. However, mixing without first giving it some thought will likely make the job harder and can, in some cases, ruin the finished product.
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Resurfacing Old Concrete

As concrete deteriorates over time, you have two choices. You can rip it out and replace it or go with the usually more economical alternative which is to repair it.
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