Precast Concrete Wall Repairs

concrete crackIf your Concrete Wall has developed hairline cracks or small holes, you can and should repair it immediately to avoid the damage growing and causing a weak spot in your security.

Firstly, clean the area around the cracks or small holes using coarse sandpaper. Make sure you remove all dirt and dust from the wall.

Next, you need to soak the area around the small holes or cracks and keep wet for a few hours. Doing this will prevent the dry concrete from absorbing the water from the cement grout once you have applied it.

Mix the cement and water in a metal bucket to form a thick. Smooth grout. You need to stir continuously to prevent any lumps from forming.

Next you need to fill the hairline crack with the cement, using a trowel. You can use the trowel handle tip to pack the grout firmly and fully into the holes. Always press and spread the grout into the crack and over the edges, then smooth the grout down with the flat side of your trowel.

Cover the repaired cracks and holes with large plastic sheet, which you must tape with duct tape.

For 5 days, you need to dampen the repaired cracks or holes with a little water, then cover again. Do this every single day for the 5 days.

You can then apply a silane-based sealant to the repairs and a few cms all around the cracks or holes, to ensure a good, stable seal. Use a synthetic bristle paint brush for this.

Honeycomb in ConcreteMake sure you check your walls regularly for any sign or cracks or holes, then repair immediately to prevent any cracks extending or widening, and holes enlarging.

Security is very important today, and in no way must you allow any cracks or holes to stay unattended, thus giving would-be intruders an easy way into your property.

We, at Country Wide Walling, seriously recommend that you get the professionals to do any mending or replacing on your precast concrete walls, as this will ensure that the repairs will be done professionally and last a very long time.

Should you wish to request a free quotation, or discuss your options with one of our highly trained consultants, please do not hesitate to contact us today.

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A Criminal’s Tips

burglar proof your gardenThere are things a criminal finds very off-putting when they are scouting for a house to break into.   We are all aware of the high crime rate in South Africa, so here are a few tips from a burglar to avoid making your house an easy target.

Make sure there are no thick shrubs or trees around your house, especially near windows or doors.

Avoid privacy fences as they provide easy hiding places for criminals and they are safe from being detected by anyone passing by your house.

Make sure you have good exterior lighting. A very good option is a motion sensor floodlight, as it will immediately let you know that something is going on.

Keep your car in the garage, especially if it is a new or expensive model, and keep your garage locked.

It is a good idea to avoid exposing your assets inside the house through a window.  It is very easy for passers-by to see what you have, and is an open invitation to any would-be intruder.  Keeps curtains or blinds closed.   

If you have purchased new items, don’t just discard the boxes and packaging on the pavement.  It is a dead give-away. 

Rip them up and conceal them to avoid advertising to passers-by.

Remember, no burglary is spur of the moment.  A criminal will case the neighbourhood and take note of the times when you leave and come home, how many residents there are, and whether there is anyone home at all times.

motion sensorsMake friends with your neighbours, and if any of your neighbours does not go out to work, it is a plus for you as it will make your house a risk for breaking into.

Do not leave things like ladders or wheelbarrows or any item which can be used to climb lying around.  You can be sure it will be welcomed by an intruder and make it easier for them to either get in, or to get out for a quick getaway.

A couple of dogs are a big bonus.  Even little yappers.  It is very off-putting trying to break in and a dog is barking consistently.   Little yappers are a very good addition to your security.

Don’t put up a specific security company sticker, as there are criminals who could know how to disable the security of a specific company.  Get a general generic sticker instead.

A good boundary fence with added protection like electric fence or razor wire or even a topping is your first line of defence.  Make sure you get your security as tight as possible and keep your home and family safe.

If you need fencing or walling, or would like a free quotation, please feel free to contact us today and speak to one of our highly professional consultants.

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Precast Concrete Retaining Walls

stone retaining wallEven though stone or brick are the traditional style for retaining walls, you need to ask the question:

Are these really the best materials for the job?

The whole purpose of a retaining wall in residential areas is to correct the natural slope of the ground.   You need a level area for gardening.

Retaining walls need a huge amount of strength, endurance and also be weather resistant. This enables you to have a lot more use of your property.

Over the years as concrete retaining walls came into being, it may be the best material for the job.

addingcolourLet us take a look at some advantages:

1.    Choice:   You can choose between 3 basic structures.  concrete blocks, precast concrete panels, or poured-in-place concrete.
2.    Strength:   Concrete is extremely strong.
3.    Durability:   Concrete walls often last for a century or more.
4.    Ease of Installation:  Usually faster and easier to install than labour intensive masonry structures.
5.    Aesthetic Beauty:   Colour can be added during the manufacturing process so that you have a long lasting beautiful wall.
6.    Low Maintenance:   Cleaning about once a year, plus checks for cracks or wear and tear which are easily repaired.
7.    Affordability:  As the cost is mid-range, it gives you an outstanding cost-benefit ratio.

The only disadvantage of Concrete Retaining walls is that it is NOT a feasible do-it-yourself project.

Your best option in all respects is to get a professional to install your walls with effective support and adequate draining.

This will ensure that your wall will be long-lasting and will give you the aesthetic beauty you require to add value to your property and make a good impression.

Please do not hesitate to contact us at Country Wide Walling to speak to one of our consultants to discuss your requirements, or to request a free quotation.

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How to Paint an Outdoor Concrete Fence

Concrete fences are typically grey and dull, making them boring and sometimes uoutdoor concrete fencensightly. To remedy this, you can paint a concrete fence, giving it colour and make it look new. Painting an outdoor concrete fence can be done alone or you can ask a family member or friend to help you. It is important to remember to use only primer, paint and sealer that is made for concrete and block. Otherwise, the paints will not bond and will flake off the fence.

Things You'll Need

•    Trisodium phosphate (TSP)
•    Bucket
•    Rubber gloves
•    Scrub brush
•    Concrete patch
•    Trowel
•    Concrete primer
•    Pump sprayer
•    Paint thinner
•    Concrete paint
•    Concrete sealer
•    Paintbrush

Mix together three parts water with one part trisodium phosphate (TSP) in a bucket.

holesPut on rubber gloves and thoroughly scrub the concrete fence with a scrub brush, cleaning away any dirt and grime. Rinse the concrete fence with plain water and allow to air dry.

Fill any holes or cracks in the fence with concrete patch using a trowel to apply the patch and to smooth it flush with the surface. Let the patch dry according to the manufacturer's instructions.

Pour concrete primer into a pump sprayer and apply a coat of primer to the fence. Let the primer dry completely before continuing on to the paint.

Rinse the pump sprayer with mineral spirits, then water and let air dry. Add concrete paint to the sprayer and spray on the first coat of paint. Let the first coat dry between 3 and 4 hours, then apply a second coat of paint.

Brush a coat of concrete sealer onto the fence using a paintbrush once the second coat of paint has dried.

For a free quotation, please contact Country Wide Walling today.

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Country Wide Walling specialises in palisade fencing in Gauteng and precast concrete walls along with other walling types and requirements.

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We had our Concrete Palisade Fencing Erected by Country Wide Walling in July 2015. Although our fence was only 235m long, we were still treated as if we were one of their top clients. Service, efficiency and cleanliness were a priority for me, and Country Wide Walling delivered in all these aspects. If you want the best concrete palisade fencing company in the industry, then Country Wide Walling is the right fencing company for your walling projects.

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