There are many adventurous things that you can do as a homeowner yourself. These things usually save you some money and, in most cases, make for a fun memory. One of such things is making your cement. Although many people use one word for another, cement is not the same thing as concrete. In reality, it is part of the materials for making concrete. It is virtually the core material. While you cannot make cement on an industrial scale, you can still make enough to use for your little projects around the house.
The materials and equipment you need for this work include limestones, a shovel for breaking, kiln or oven, and protective gear like gloves, boots, goggles and nose masks.
To make cement, the first thing you’ll need to get is limestone which is the raw material used to make industrial cement. There are many options for getting limestone. You can choose to buy or collect it naturally. You can collect limestone naturally if you live in an area where limestone is common. If you collect and you’re unsure whether it is limestone or not, a coin scratch should reveal the truth. Limestone id soft and will be easily scratched. However, if buying is your choice, you can find it in landscaping supply stores.
After acquiring the limestone, the next step is to break it down into smaller pieces: the smaller the pieces, the better.
Now that you have broken the limestone, the next step is to heat it in the kiln or oven. The heat should be up to 900° C, and the limestone is expected to bake for between 4-5 hours. When using the oven, make sure you protect yourself by wearing gloves and a nose mask.
After 5 hours, remove the baked material, also called quicklime, and let them cool over. Wearing a nose mask is essential here as fumes and dust are harmful to the lungs.
The next step is to break the quicklime into dust. Since it is baked, the quicklime will easily crumble into dry powder. This dry powder is cement. You can always store the powder for later use, make sure it is in an airtight container.
Now that you have your cement, you can decide how you want to use it. There are various purposes you can use your homemade cement for around the house. They include:
Cement is the binding instrument in your mortar. With it, you can do minor masonry work around the home, such as plastering, patching up cracks in the wall, laying bricks, building retaining walls, and other construction tasks.
You can also use your homemade cement for mixing concrete. Concrete usually consumes more cement than mortar as it is required to be much more sturdy. So, if you intend to use your homemade cement for this purpose, make sure you make it in large quantities. However, you can always mix it with industrial cement.