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Do you have any questions about Building materials? See the list below for our most frequently asked questions. If your question is not listed here, then please feel free to contact us.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have any questions about Building materials? See the list below for our most frequently asked questions. If your question is not listed here, then please feel free to contact us.

Difference between OPC and PPC cement?

OPC cement is available in three grades namely 33 grade, 43 grade and 53 grade (here, grade indicates the strength of the cement). OPC is most commonly used in general concrete construction. PPC is highly resistant to sulphate attacks and used in the construction of dams, bridges, foundations, buildings near sea shore where strong resistivity is required.

What types of pipes are used for drainage systems?

SWR (Soil, Water and Rain) pipes are used for the removal of drain water from the buildings. These pipes are durable, leak-free and highly resistant to corrosion.

Why TMT bars are highly recommended to use in R.C works?

TMT bars are more corrosion resistant than other torsteel bars, as they contain corrosion resistant elements like copper, phosphorous and chromium.

What are the components of good brick earth?

Good brick earth constitutes of alumina, silica, lime, oxide of iron and magnesia.

Difference between Fine Aggregates and Coarse Aggregates?

Materials which pass 5 mm sieve are called the Fine Aggregates (sand), and the materials which are retained on 4.7 mm sieve size are called Coarse Aggregates.

What is meant by Conversion of Timber?

After felling of trees, the branches and trunk are cut into logs. The method of cutting and sawing logs into suitable sections of timber is known as Conversion.

What is meant by Robo Sand or M sand?

M sand is nothing but Manufactured sand, which is obtained by crushing of Coarse aggregates. It provides good strength for concrete purposes as the latter requires less water. It is a great substitute for the river sand and also environmentally friendly.

How many bags of cement are in a Pallet?

A Pallet contains 56 bags of cement. One bag carries 25 kgs of cement in it.

Which cement grade is suitable for plastering works?

Ordinary Portland Cement (OPC) 43 grade is mainly used for plain concrete works, and best suitable for plastering work in construction.

What is the difference between Bricks and Blocks?

Bricks are fired and are available only in standard sizes. Blocks are not fired, they are chemically cured and are available in different sizes and shapes.

What is White Cement?

White cement is the base for all coloured cement, which is made from chalk or limestone or shell lime free from impurities and white clay free from oxides of iron, manganese, etc. It is very much used for making mosaic tiles, coloured cement, etc.

What is BIS Mix design concept of concrete?

It is the process of choosing the required ingredients of concrete and obtaining their relative proportions with the aim of producing economical concrete. Every Mason should be aware of this concept to make concrete of particular strength and durability.

What is Particle Board or Chip Board?

Particle boards are made of particles of wood embedded in synthetic resins and then pressed under heat. These boards are denser than solid wood, that provides broad and stable panels of reasonable strength. They are highly preferred for furniture works than for construction works.

What is the Standard size of bricks?

The standard sizes of common construction bricks are 190x90x90 mm and 190x90x40 mm. The brick size may vary if we include the mortar joints and measured as 200x100x100 mm and 200x100x50 mm.

What is meant by Rubber Wood?

Rubber wood is obtained from rubber trees that grow in a hot, moist climate. It has dense grain and has a quite little shrinkage. It is more suitable for making furniture and toys and not fit for outdoor works.

What is Plastic Emulsion Paint?

Plastic paint is made of plastic compounds such as vinyl acetate and acrylate. It is attractive in colour and has a pleasing appearance, used in showrooms and auditoriums.

What are the types of stones used in India for flooring?

These are some of the natural stones used for flooring: Cuddappa slabs, Kota stone, Sand stone, Shahabad stone, Granite and Marble. The standard sizes of stones used are 30cm X 30cm, 60cm X 60cm, 45 cm X 60 cm with thickness of 2 to 4 cm.

What are the standard sizes of TMT Steel bars?

According to IS 1786-2, there are thirteen nominal standard diameters for reinforced concrete construction. They are 4, 5, 6, 8, 10, 12, 16, 20, 25, 28, 32, 36 and 40 mm.

Which is the most selling brand in Cement in India?

Ultratech is the most selling and most trusted brand in India. This Cement is best and costly compared to other brands. In Hyderabad, this cement is only available in Super Grade.

What are Italian tiles?

Allahabad tiles are also called Italian tiles. They are of two types - the bottom and top tiles. The bottom tiles are flat, tapered with slanted flanges at the sides and are 30 cm X 40 cm in size. The over tiles are half round and tapered and are available in 15 cm X 35 cm size.

What is meant by Gypsum Plaster?

Gypsum plaster is nothing but Plaster of Paris. It has a setting time up to 3 to 4 minutes and used for repairing cracks in plastered surfaces and for ornamental works. It is recommended to use in internal works since it is soluble in water.

What makes Birla-A1 StrongCrete Special?

StrongCrete has faster setting time than other types of cement. It is made using Pressure Sustained Technology (PST), to make the product attain high early strength, high ultimate strength, crack resistant and corrosion resistant. This cement gets packed in LLP bags, which are tamper-proof and moisture-proof to ensure quality.

What are the different grades in Plywood?

Boiling waterproof (BWP) grade, Boiling water-resistant (BWR) grade, Warm water-resistant (WWR) grade, Cold water-resistant (CWR) grade.

What is Keene's Cement?

Keene's cement is obtained by calcining Plaster of Paris with alum. After setting it takes up the glass like polish, used for highly decorative plastering and ornamental works. This cement is useful in positions like angles and skirtings.