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#31 KennyP ONLINE  

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Posted September 30, 2012 - 05:52 AM

That looks mighty fine from here! Glad you got some help with it!
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Posted September 30, 2012 - 10:24 AM

Great job DB, :thumbs: I bet you are tired today! :sleep: So how many bags? I bet 60-70. Quite the work out for one day!
Are you going to seal it? Preventative maintenance and makes for a longer lasting job. A few recommendations; keep it shoveled off in the winter and don’t use salt. Shoveling will keep from packing down snow and making ice, with no ice no need for salt. Salt is the #1 thing that ruins concrete. It thaws the top surface during the day, only to have it freeze again at night. This constant freeze/thaw action delaminates the top surface. I’m rambling on again, anyway good job, should last for a good number of years. :yelclap: :yelclap: :yelclap:
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Posted September 30, 2012 - 12:26 PM

I probably should seal it. What would I use? Same stuff I use on treated lumber or is there something different?

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Posted September 30, 2012 - 01:21 PM

I take it you've driven thru a construction zone in our fair state :rolling:


Sounds like it! In this neighborhood it takes 10 to do nothing and 20 to move a stone.

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Posted September 30, 2012 - 01:32 PM

I probably should seal it. What would I use? Same stuff I use on treated lumber or is there something different?

Concrete sealer is a bit different, I believe. Where you got your bags should have something!

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Posted September 30, 2012 - 05:31 PM

Concrete sealer is a bit different, I believe. Where you got your bags should have something!


Yeah, I got to thinking about my post there today and all I can say is DUH! I knew that! Concrete sealer. I'll get some. Someone asked how many bags. Well, I went through 45 bags of ready mix with 2 bags of the Portland mixed in. Figured it perfectly!

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Posted September 30, 2012 - 05:54 PM

That looks real nice.. :dancingbanana:
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Posted September 30, 2012 - 06:13 PM

Just don't run any tractors on it for a while.

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Posted September 30, 2012 - 06:21 PM

Just don't run any tractors on it for a while.


I really want to avoid driving anything on it until about this time next year when the ground gets a good chance to settle around it. After all, I only want to do this once!

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Posted September 30, 2012 - 06:49 PM

2 or 3 days & that concrete will hold fine for GT's. We pour concrete in our pits, then HAVE to get on it sometimes the next day with a several thousand pound payloader. With the extra Portland you added, it's gonna be strong. Still though, I'd not drive over it for a week if it were me, just for insurance.
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Posted October 01, 2012 - 09:21 AM

That walk loooks great David. I like the brushed sections , bordered by the troweled edges.

In the past , the mason's I work around recommended I use an acrylic sealer on my projects, as well as keeping a damp canvas on the walks for as long as feasable to gain more strength. The highway guys here do that, and it seems to help.

In one instance in 1995 , I did a 30 yard pour around one of my properties at the time. I sealed it with some magic acrylic stuff from the supply house, and then kept a damp sprinkled tarp on it all for 5 days. It has yet to spawl ( sp?) crack, or fail in any way.

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Again, great work : -) :thumbs:
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Posted October 01, 2012 - 12:00 PM

Well, basically the job is done and everything is moved back. Aside from letting the dirt settle and planting some grass, we're back in business.

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Posted October 01, 2012 - 07:44 PM

Hey, you've even got the planters out &set up.

Since you did such a great job with that, what's next?

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Posted October 01, 2012 - 07:47 PM

Since you did such a great job with that, what's next?


Sleep.
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Posted October 02, 2012 - 05:57 AM

Sleep.

:bigrofl: Nice looking walk, David. You did a great job on it!
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