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Woo hoo got the puter fixed
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lamadon    Posted 10-23-2004 at 17:31:03       [Reply]  [No Email]
houdy all, been a while, puter got all screwed up and had to replace it. been missin all the good folks and funny bizness what goes on here.Got a questin for yall, gonna be doing some concrete work soon and the cold iz comming soon and was wondering if cold tempetures have any bad efects on the concretes streanth? if it does is there any step I should take to corect it? we are under time constraints with our building permit, here in PA the state has gone to stste wide building codes and we are 1/2 way thru building a straw bale house ourselfs and dont have the funds to pay for all the inspections that would be nessasery to get another permit. (just glad we dont get the amount of GOVERNMENT we pay for). any help with my concrete question would be great thanks Keith


paul    Posted 10-23-2004 at 19:22:44       [Reply]  [Send Email]
concrete can freeze, but unless it is extremely cold it will not do it the first night, i am always concerned after that. concrete doesnt set all at once it usually is about 70% at 7 days it needs to be protected from freezing tempatures from the second to fourth days, after that there is no need to cover good luck!


Clod    Posted 10-23-2004 at 18:06:11       [Reply]  [No Email]
yes,Cold or hot weather affects concrete.Call the folks who have the concrete trucks and they will give you the limits. But you can find it online if you search.


Cindi    Posted 10-23-2004 at 18:12:57       [Reply]  [No Email]
First congrats on getting back online. I feel your pain. Second Clod's right. As I'm sure we all suspected. The man knows everything. he's all that and two bags of chips.

We had a slab poured in August back ten years or so ago. Height of the tropical season. It had to be poured before noon because of the heat (dries too fast) but at the same time, we had a rain shower every fifteen minutes. If I live to be a hundred and eighty I'll never forget watching those guys, "plastic on! plastic off! Talk about cussing.


Clod    Posted 10-23-2004 at 18:25:00       [Reply]  [No Email]
I do not know how much concrete he has done.But the time to learn is before the concrete arrives.You need plenty of help and a person there that really knows what he is doing,Unless you just want to pour some out on the ground for fun.


lamadon    Posted 10-23-2004 at 18:49:49       [Reply]  [No Email]
thanks clod, you got good advice gonna call mon. the conc plant to find out the specks on temp. what we need to pour is a 8" bond beam over the rubble trench foundation. so we will be just be filling a form, I would never try to pour a slab by my self, I have a hard time spreeding butter on toast eavanly LOL. Im a surveyor by trade and Ive seen them pour conc in sub zero weather, but I think that they put some kinda additive in the mix and then they put plastic over it then covered it with some kinda quilted tarp to keep the heat from the chem reaction in the conc from excaping to fast. but the snow aint gonna fly to soon (cause im gonna hold my mouth right and cross my eyes til its done LOL) but it should be relatively easy it will be 8x24" beam in a form, we did the foundation for the basement preaty good so this will go as well I hope. the weather iz what scares me. Keith


toolman    Posted 10-23-2004 at 18:55:57       [Reply]  [No Email]
cold weather affects the drying time and you also don,t want it to freeze the plant will add stuff to it for cold weather, and cindi when you pour it in the heat you don,t want it drying to quick we sprinkle a little water on it to keep it from drying too fast and yup if it pours you have to cover it too much water isn,t good either, all this and more kinda makes you wounder why we bother huh lol.


Cindi    Posted 10-23-2004 at 19:10:11       [Reply]  [No Email]
I felt bad for them but it was funny kinda. The slab turned out okay though. In fact I was right proud of it, dumb as that may seem. NO danger that day of it drying too fast,though.


Cindi    Posted 10-23-2004 at 18:35:30       [Reply]  [No Email]
I have done that. Don't laugh. Dumped a wheelbarrow full once. Hard to scoop it up out of carpet grass. Killed the grass and had to pick it up in chunks after it hardened.


Clod    Posted 10-23-2004 at 19:01:09       [Reply]  [No Email]
I learn the hard way and that is an expensive school.But if the job is subject to regulations then you will be well advised to follow the regs. We built a lot of highways and streets.The inspectors will see that you follow the rules. Or it will be done again.


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