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The More You Know: Cement 101

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Learning more about cement can help you grow in your do-it-yourself lifestyle. So here are some interesting terms and facts that you need to understand!

Sourced from: http://www.civilengineeringforum.me/portland-cement-compounds-and-hydration/

Let us begin with defining cement. It is a substance used for construction to set, harden, and adhere with other materials to bind them together. When mixed with fine aggregate, it creates mortar which is used for masonry to bond bricks and building stone. While sometimes cement is confused with concrete, concrete refers to a synthetic rock made from cement, sand, and gravel (or other hard aggregates).

Grout is a mixture made from cement commonly used to fill-in gaps between tiles, embedding rebar in masonry walls, filling voids, and connecting sections of pre-cast concrete. While grout and mortar are similar, grout is thin and flows easily into gaps while mortar is thick and is able to support its own weight and the masonry placed above it.

When referring to general concrete construction, cement usually refers to Ordinary Portland Cement -- the most widely produced and used type of cement in the world. It is the normal, grey cement that most people know, and is made by heating a mixture of limestone and clay in a kiln at about 1450C before grinding it to a fine powder with a small addition of gypsum.

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