LafargeHolcim Tanzania launches Building Materials Centre

LafargeHolcim Tanzania launches Building Materials Academy

LafargeHolcim Tanzania has opened a new centre in Dar es Salaam. The Building Materials Centre opened on 3 December 2018 and is located at the Golden Heights building on Chole Road in Masaki.

The centre will host discussions and information-sharing sessions that are designed to inform professionals in the industry about cement. Professionals attending the sessions will gain knowledge of various types of cement and the latest building materials and trends.

Sessions are suitable for industry players

The discussions are perfectly-suited for engineers, architects, contractors and a range of industry stakeholders. A variety of topics make up the focus of the centre, including modern challenges facing the industry and possible solutions.

Being a world-leader in construction and building materials, LafargeHolcim Tanzania has access to the latest research and development. LafargeHolcim’s global presence allows the centre to share the latest solutions for a variety of social, environmental and sustainability challenges – which creates shared value with society.

Training will help to build Tanzania

“The sessions will focus more on equipping professionals with knowledge about construction techniques for the contemporary world,” says LafargeHolcim Tanzania chief executive officer Ilse Boshoff. “This will help to support in building resilient infrastructure, foster innovation and to promote sustainable economic growth,” she states.

“Technology changes rapidly in a short amount of time; training that will be offered at this centre and with Lafarge’s focus on efficiency, reliability & innovation, the beneficiaries will be able to now acquire modern skills on building materials and consequently apply the knowledge in bettering their infrastructure sector,” says Boshoff.

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LafargeHolcim is a leading building materials and solutions company that has been operating in international markets for decades. We produce cement and aggregates for construction projects, ranging from small affordable housing developments to large-scale infrastructure projects such as high-rise buildings, dams and bridges.

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LafargeHolcim Tanzania has been supplying the country and neighbouring countries with our world-class Tembo cement brand for over 30 years. Our head office and fully-integrated plant are located in the Mbeya Region at Songwe in Southwest Tanzania.

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At LafargeHolcim Tanzania, we believe customers come first. We listen to your specific requirements to supply and develop the best solutions for your needs. As the new leader in building materials, you can also rely on our cutting-edge research and development capabilities that have resulted in the finest materials for your construction projects, whether large or small.

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Use leftover concrete to build stepping stones

Concrete stepping stones in a grass garden

Some construction projects will leave you with a bit of extra concrete left over. Instead of throwing this concrete away, you can use it to make a variety of other concrete products, such as stepping stones or concrete blocks.

Stepping stones are probably the easiest to make and the least labour-intensive concrete product. All you’ll need is some square forms made from plastic or wood. Here are some tips on making your own stepping stones from leftover concrete.

  1. Buy some plastic forms or make your own from scrap timber. The shape is up to you; they can be square, rectangular or triangular. For circular stepping stones, you could cut a ring out of an old bucket and use that as the concrete form.
  2. Place the complete form on a plastic sheet or directly on the ground where you want the stepping stone to be. If you place it on the ground, dig a small hole in the shape of the form and remove any grass roots or leaves. Your concrete forms will fit into the hole nicely and be flush with the ground surface.
  3. Fill the form to the top with leftover concrete and allow it to cure for a day or two. If you want a textured surface to the stepping stone, you can place gravel on the top of the wet concrete, or brush the semi-dry concrete with a thick-bristle broom. This will provide grip in the rain.

Stepping stones are just one of the many things you can make with leftover concrete. You could also make a variety of other concrete products at home.

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LafargeHolcim is a leading building materials and solutions company that has been operating in international markets for decades. We produce cement and aggregates for construction projects, ranging from small affordable housing developments to large-scale infrastructure projects such as high-rise buildings, dams and bridges.

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LafargeHolcim Tanzania has been supplying the country and neighbouring countries with our world-class Tembo brand of cement for over 30 years. Our head office and fully-integrated plant are located in the Mbeya Region in Southwest Tanzania.

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At LafargeHolcim Tanzania, we believe customers come first. We listen to your specific requirements to supply and develop the best solutions for your needs. As the leader in building materials, you can also rely on our cutting-edge research and development capabilities that have resulted in the finest materials for your construction projects, whether large or small.

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The right way to mix concrete

Wet concrete mix

Mixing cement with aggregates and water to create concrete seems like a straightforward process. However, there are ways to do it properly that will improve the quality and durability of the concrete.

Properly mixing the ingredients will create a strong product that will last many years. If you’re working on your own projects, follow these tips on the right way to mix concrete and make your projects stronger and more durable.

Tools needed for mixing concrete

  • Wheelbarrow
  • Shovel
  • Rubber gloves
  • Dust mask
  • Large bucket
  • Plastic or steel sheet
  • Stiff-bristle brush or broom

How to mix concrete properly

The first step is to empty the cement bag into a wheelbarrow (or another mixing container). Cut open the bag of cement and pour it into the wheelbarrow. Scoop out a few cups of cement and keep them aside.

Pour a 10cm layer of sand onto the steel or plastic sheet – this will be the mixing area. The guidelines on the cement bag will have suggestions for the right quantities of sand and gravel per bag of cement.

Using a shovel, sprinkle the cement from the wheelbarrow over the sand. Mix the two dry ingredients together until a uniform colour is achieved. If your concrete has gravel or stones, mix these into the cement and sand next.

Measure out the specified amount of water (according to the instructions on the cement bag) and keep it in a bucket. Make a well in the dry ingredients with the shovel and pour about 90% of the water into the well – the remaining water can be added later if the concrete is too dry.

Mixing the wet and dry ingredients

Using a shovel, pull small amounts of dry ingredients into the water and mix thoroughly. Keep mixing small amounts with the water at a time, until all of it is wet. Continue mixing thoroughly and add the rest of the water if needed.

If you pull the shovel through the wet cement mix and the sides of the trench crumble, then your mix is too dry. Add one cup of water to the concrete and mix well. On the other hand, if the trench sags and fades too quickly, then your mix has too much water. Add a cup of cement and mix thoroughly until the concrete has the right consistency.

The sides of the trench should support themselves and the mix should become shiny when patted with the shovel. Your concrete is now ready to be poured or laid.

Cleaning your tools and equipment

Once you have poured your concrete, scrape off any leftover mix from your wheelbarrow, shovel and steel sheet and place it in a bag. Hose down your tools and equipment with water. Using the stiff-bristle brush, scrub the residual concrete off properly – any left on the shovel or wheelbarrow will dry and harden, making it almost impossible to remove.

The rinse water can be harmful to grass and plants so avoid hosing down your tools on a grassy patch or near plants. You can rinse off tools in a drainage ditch where the water will be able to flow away from the construction site.

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LafargeHolcim is a leading building materials and solutions company that has been operating in international markets for decades. We produce cement and aggregates for construction projects, ranging from small affordable housing developments to large-scale infrastructure projects such as high-rise buildings, dams and bridges.

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LafargeHolcim Tanzania has been supplying the country and neighbouring countries with our world-class Tembo cement brand for over 30 years. Our head office and fully-integrated plant are located in the Mbeya Region at Songwe in Southwest Tanzania.

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At LafargeHolcim Tanzania, we believe customers come first. We listen to your specific requirements to supply and develop the best solutions for your needs. As the new leader in building materials, you can also rely on our cutting-edge research and development capabilities that have resulted in the finest materials for your construction projects, whether large or small.

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The importance of concrete forms

Wooden forms holding wet concrete path in shape

Concrete forms are temporary frames that hold wet concrete in shape until it dries and hardens. They can be made out of wood or steel and allow the builders to easily pour concrete into certain shapes.

Concrete forms also allow the wet mix to retain its strength and cure properly, giving the structure durability. The forms need to have tight joints to prevent wet concrete from seeping through the frame.

They also need to be strong enough to support the weight of the concrete – small household projects, such as driveways, use wooden forms but larger projects need to use steel forms. The forms should have enough bracing and support to help them keep their shape once the cement is poured in.

They also need to be able to withstand the weather without bending or warping. You can guarantee that your projects will be strong and durable if you have used proper concrete forms.

Concrete forms can be made from various materials

The most common material used to make concrete forms is wood. These forms are usually constructed on-site from plywood or timber. Wooden forms are cheap and are ideal for flat concrete structures such as floors, steps or driveways.

Metal is another common material for creating forms. These steel moulds are usually used on larger construction sites, such as commercial buildings and skyscrapers. They are ideal for creating vertical columns and pillars for tall structures.

Some forms are created from fibreglass, reinforced plastic, ceramic or aluminium. All of them have their benefits and disadvantages but their purpose remains the same – to create moulds for concrete structures.

Two types of concrete forms

Construction projects are three-dimensional and, as such, need vertical and horizontal forms. Vertical forms are needed for building concrete walls, columns, pillars and stairs. These forms need to support the lateral pressure of the concrete, so they should be anchored or bolted to the soil or floor to keep them in place.

Horizontal forms are used to build beams, ceilings, floors and paths. They need to support the weight of wide concrete structures, so should be reinforced with braces, struts or metal pegs.

Components of concrete forms

Concrete forms are made up of various components. The form that comes into direct contact with the concrete is called the formwork sheeting. This mould is responsible for the precise look and shape of the finished concrete surface. It needs to be water-resistant or have its own moisture content so as not to suck water out of the concrete and leave it too dry.

The elements that support and connect the formwork sheeting are known as the formwork bearers. These include steel or wooden beams and clamps that connect and support the formwork sheeting. They provide structural strength to the form and support the weight of the heavy concrete.

Lastly, formwork ties are the steel wire components that bind two forms together. The ties are usually wrapped around the formwork bearers then guided through drilled holes in the formwork sheeting. The wires are then tightened by twisting.

Concrete is then poured into the formwork structure and left to cure for a few weeks. The formwork can then be stripped and deconstructed once the concrete has set properly. Avoid using too many ties or nails in the formwork as this will make it hard to deconstruct later.

Concrete forms are a vital component of any construction project. When assembled properly, the forms will hold concrete in shape for up to four weeks while the concrete cures. This allows the concrete to reach its optimal strength and durability.

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LafargeHolcim is a leading building materials and solutions company that has been operating in international markets for decades. We produce cement and aggregates for construction projects, ranging from small affordable housing developments to large-scale infrastructure projects such as high-rise buildings, dams and bridges.

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LafargeHolcim Tanzania has been supplying the country and neighbouring countries with our world-class Tembo cement brand for over 30 years. Our head office and fully-integrated plant are located in the Mbeya Region at Songwe in Southwest Tanzania.

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At LafargeHolcim Tanzania, we believe customers come first. We listen to your specific requirements to supply and develop the best solutions for your needs. As the new leader in building materials, you can also rely on our cutting-edge research and development capabilities that have resulted in the finest materials for your construction projects, whether large or small.

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Tembo cement for general purposes

Tembo cement for general purposes

If you’re looking for general purpose cement in Tanzania, then Tembo cement is perfect for you. The green bag and elephant logo is a sign of quality and strength. Tembo cement is a product of LafargeHolcim Tanzania and is ideal for general applications and projects.

This versatile product is a CEM IV/B 32.5N class cement that has been developed to suit most construction projects, including concrete brick-making. Tembo cement can be used for the following purposes:

  • General applications
  • Mortars
  • Plasters
  • Screeds
  • Brick and block-making
  • Mass concrete

Trust Tembo cement for strength and durability in your next project, whether you are building a wall or an entire structure.

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LafargeHolcim is a leading building materials and solutions company that has been operating in international markets for decades. We produce cement and aggregates for construction projects, ranging from small affordable housing developments to large-scale infrastructure projects such as high-rise buildings, dams and bridges.

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LafargeHolcim Tanzania has been supplying the country and neighbouring countries with our world-class Tembo brand of cement for over 30 years. Our head office and fully-integrated plant are located in the Mbeya Region in Southwest Tanzania.

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At LafargeHolcim Tanzania, we believe customers come first. We listen to your specific requirements to supply and develop the best solutions for your needs. As the leader in building materials, you can also rely on our cutting-edge research and development capabilities that have resulted in the finest materials for your construction projects, whether large or small.

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Tembo SupaSet cement for kerbs and pavers

Tembo SupaSet cement for kerbs and pavers

If you’re looking for strong and fast-setting cement for quick projects in Tanzania, then Tembo SupaSet cement is perfect for you. The blue bag and elephant logo is a sign of quality and strength. SupaSet cement is a product of LafargeHolcim Tanzania and is ideal for a variety of projects.

This versatile product is a CEM II / B-P 42.5N class Portland pozzolana cement that has been developed to suit mass-concrete projects, including dams and pavements. Tembo SupaSet can be used for the following purposes:

  • Precast concrete bricks
  • Interlocking concrete blocks
  • Kerbs and concrete pavers
  • Dams and reservoirs
  • Mass-concrete applications

Trust Tembo SupaSet for strength and durability in your next project, whether you are building a roadside pavement or a community reservoir.

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LafargeHolcim is a leading building materials and solutions company that has been operating in international markets for decades. We produce cement and aggregates for construction projects, ranging from small affordable housing developments to large-scale infrastructure projects such as high-rise buildings, dams and bridges.

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LafargeHolcim Tanzania has been supplying the country and neighbouring countries with our world-class Tembo brand of cement for over 30 years. Our head office and fully-integrated plant are located in the Mbeya Region in Southwest Tanzania.

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At LafargeHolcim Tanzania, we believe customers come first. We listen to your specific requirements to supply and develop the best solutions for your needs. As the leader in building materials, you can also rely on our cutting-edge research and development capabilities that have resulted in the finest materials for your construction projects, whether large or small.

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Tembo PowerPlus cement for dams and bridges

Tembo PowerPlus cement for dams and bridges

If you’re looking for strong and durable cement for heavy-duty projects in Tanzania, then Tembo PowerPlus cement is perfect for you. The yellow bag and elephant logo is a sign of quality and strength. PowerPlus cement is a product of LafargeHolcim Tanzania and is ideal for a variety of projects.

This versatile product is a CEM I 42.5N class Portland cement that has been developed to suit most large-scale projects, including dams and bridges. Tembo PowerPlus can be used for the following purposes:

  • Suspended slats
  • Industrial floors
  • Reinforced columns
  • Slabs and beams
  • Dams and reservoirs
  • Bridges

Trust Tembo PowerPlus for strength and durability in your next project, whether you are building a warehouse or a community reservoir.

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LafargeHolcim is a leading building materials and solutions company that has been operating in international markets for decades. We produce cement and aggregates for construction projects, ranging from small affordable housing developments to large-scale infrastructure projects such as high-rise buildings, dams and bridges.

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LafargeHolcim Tanzania has been supplying the country and neighbouring countries with our world-class Tembo brand of cement for over 30 years. Our head office and fully-integrated plant are located in the Mbeya Region in Southwest Tanzania.

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At LafargeHolcim Tanzania, we believe customers come first. We listen to your specific requirements to supply and develop the best solutions for your needs. As the leader in building materials, you can also rely on our cutting-edge research and development capabilities that have resulted in the finest materials for your construction projects, whether large or small.

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How to stick to your project budget

Project budget image composition

Planning a budget for a building project, big or small, is an easy task if you know what to expect. If you prepare well and price your materials properly, you’ll be able to draft a budget and hopefully stick to it throughout the course of the project.

Cement prices vary depending on their purpose, so choose the right cement. LafargeHolcim Tanzania produces five quality products; Tembo Cement, TemboFundi, FastaPlus, SupaSet and PowerPlus. Consult with your supplier to make sure that you’re using the product for the right application. Here are some more tips that will help you stick to your project budget.

How to budget for a building project

The first step to the budgeting process is to make a list of everything you’ll need. Think of all the materials, tools and equipment that you’ll have to use, including safety gear. Find out the costs of each of the individual items and try to look around for the best deal.

Note that cheaper is not always better when it comes to tools and materials. The price is often linked to the quality of the material or tool. If the costs are too high, reconsider the size of your project – can you make it smaller? Think about paint and plaster – are they really necessary or will the project be ok without them?

Think about mixing the concrete yourself instead of paying someone else to do it. This can keep costs down but make sure you know how to mix concrete properly. You can also save money by using old building rubble for the base of your project instead of refined gravel or sand. Just ensure that the rubble is clean and free from any soil or other contaminants.

Tools and equipment to consider for your budget

Building requires a range of tools, from digging and carrying to levelling and smoothing. Here are some of the basic tools and equipment you may need for your project:

  • Wheelbarrow
  • Tamper or compactor
  • Trowel
  • Shovel
  • Pick axe
  • Plank or timber (for concrete forms)
  • Steel rebar
  • Concrete float
  • Spirit level
  • Plumb line
  • Rubber gloves
  • Dust mask
  • Large bucket
  • Chalk
  • String
  • Plastic sheet
  • Steel plate
  • Broom or brush
  • Rubber mallet or hammer

When it comes to budgeting for your concrete ingredients, such as cement, sand, gravel and water, you can consult your cement supplier for estimate volumes. LafargeHolcim Tanzania can give you an estimate of how much cement and aggregates you’ll need for your project.

Additional tips to keep your project on track

Always plan for extra variables. One of the biggest reasons why projects go over their budget is because they take longer than expected to complete. Time is money, so budget for a longer project than you think.

Add a few days to your project schedule and keep money aside for those days in case you need to buy more materials. If your projects are completed on time, you’ll have some extra money left over.

Use the right tools and equipment as they will ensure that your project is completed accurately and on time. It’ll also save you from having to do costly repairs in the future because the right tools weren’t used.

Know what you can and can’t do by yourself and budget to hire help. If you need a skilled painter or heavy equipment for digging, include these in your budget. Expert help may cost a bit more but it will save time and avoid costly mistakes in the future.

Creating a project budget is easy once you know what to expect. Follow these guidelines and you should be able to complete your project on time and with the money you have already saved.

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LafargeHolcim is a leading building materials and solutions company that has been operating in international markets for decades. We produce cement and aggregates for construction projects, ranging from small affordable housing developments to large-scale infrastructure projects such as high-rise buildings, dams and bridges.

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LafargeHolcim Tanzania has been supplying the country and neighbouring countries with our world-class Tembo brand of cement for over 30 years. Our head office and fully-integrated plant are located in the Mbeya Region in Southwest Tanzania.

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At LafargeHolcim Tanzania, we believe customers come first. We listen to your specific requirements to supply and develop the best solutions for your needs. As the leader in building materials, you can also rely on our cutting-edge research and development capabilities that have resulted in the finest materials for your construction projects, whether large or small.

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How to build a concrete fire pit

Concrete fire pit

Fire is an essential element of life – you cook food with it, it provides warmth and it provides light at night. A concrete fire pit is a great idea for anyone looking to make a more permanent place for their cooking fire. The fire pit is bowl-shaped and can be moved, making it easy to use and clean.

This concrete fire pit can be made from tools and equipment you already own. It’s a sturdy but affordable object that you can use every day for your fires. Here’s what you need to make the concrete fire pit.

Items needed to make a concrete fire pit

  • Tembo cement
  • A large plastic or metal bowl for exterior mould (about 50cm diameter)
  • A medium plastic or metal bowl for interior mould (about 40cm diameter)
  • Vegetable oil
  • Large bucket for mixing concrete
  • Trowel
  • Rubber gloves
  • A few large rocks to weigh down the moulds
  • Sandpaper

Steps to build your own concrete fire pit

  1. Apply a thin layer of vegetable oil to your bowls. This will lubricate them and stop the concrete from sticking to them. The oil can be applied to the inside of the large bowl and to the outside of the medium bowl only.
  2. Mix your concrete. It’s better to make more than you need, so about half a bag of Tembo cement will do. Follow the instructions on the bag and add a bit of water at a time until you have a thick, porridge-like consistency. Wear rubber gloves for protection.
  3. Using the trowel, put some the concrete mix on the inner surface of the large bowl. You can fill the bowl about halfway. Then, press your medium bowl into the concrete in the larger bowl. Use rocks to weigh down the medium bowl and keep it in place. Make sure the medium bowl is in the centre of the large one and fill up the gap between the bowls with concrete.
  4. Tap gently on all sides of the large bowl to remove any air bubbles from the concrete. Allow the concrete to set and cure for 48 hours.
  5. Once the concrete has cured, carefully remove the inner bowl, then tap off the outer bowl.

Build your fire with wood or coal inside the pit. You can use it for warmth and light or cook food with a metal grid on top of the bowl. Here’s an alternative to concrete; build your own brick fire pit.

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LafargeHolcim is a leading building materials and solutions company that has been operating in international markets for decades. We produce cement and aggregates for construction projects, ranging from small affordable housing developments to large-scale infrastructure projects such as high-rise buildings, dams and bridges.

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LafargeHolcim Tanzania has been supplying the country and neighbouring countries with our world-class Tembo brand of cement for over 30 years. Our head office and fully-integrated plant are located in the Mbeya Region in Southwest Tanzania.

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At LafargeHolcim Tanzania, we believe customers come first. We listen to your specific requirements to supply and develop the best solutions for your needs. As the leader in building materials, you can also rely on our cutting-edge research and development capabilities that have resulted in the finest materials for your construction projects, whether large or small.

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