From the Publisher: Concrete is magical mud. This mixture of sand, stone, Portland cement and water is an essential ingredient in just about any building project. Whether you're pouring a concrete walkway or staking out the excavation for a basement foundation, doing the job right demands a thorough knowledge of concrete construction techniques. Arnold conveys this essential knowledge by explaining everything from mix characteristics and formwork options to waterproofing details and repair procedures. This book will enable you to: prepare a site for excavation; evaluate soil conditions; lay out footings and foundation walls; use site-made and manufactured forms; install proper reinforcement in footings, walls, and flat work; estimate and order ready-mix concrete; test and evaluate concrete quality before you pour; build walkways, patios, steps, and slabs from start to finish. From Builders Booksource: Fantastic! We have long needed a guide to quality concrete. Only one quibble, it lacks a good review of rebar placement and tying.(Which is well covered in Taunton's Foundationsand Concrete Work, a compilation of articles from Fine HomebuildingMagazine) 185pp. Taunton Press.