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#61 Ryan313 OFFLINE  

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Posted September 04, 2013 - 09:35 AM

I should have been more specific. It was poured in blocks as there was so much heat, but according to my Grandfather who worked on the dam they poured night and day. That is one reason the dam was finished ahead of schedule.

 

I misunderstood you earlier. You are 100% right about what you are saying here. They even built two onsite concrete plants so they could keep up with the demand!



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Posted September 04, 2013 - 09:48 AM

The building of the Hoover Dam has always fascinated me, along with the St Louis Arch, Mt Rushmore, and to go a wee bit further back, the Egyptian Pyramids.



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Posted September 04, 2013 - 09:50 AM

See where you've taken us Larry..........all the way back to Egyptian times!   :bigrofl: 


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Posted September 04, 2013 - 11:21 AM

See where you've taken us Larry..........all the way back to Egyptian times!   :bigrofl: 

 

....and we are learning in the process  :wallbanging:  :smilewink:


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Posted September 04, 2013 - 12:02 PM

I've been keeping it as wet as I can. I fixed my sprinkler and adjusted it to sweep the whole slab. I turn it on every 30-45 minuets, and last night I got up every 2 hours to wet it down. I think 9-10 pm tonight will be it for me.

 

It's still over 100 degrees and only 80 at night.

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Posted September 04, 2013 - 05:07 PM

You can buy a timer that will go on your faucet to turn it on and off automaticly. I'd wet it and cover it with plastic sheeting. Good Luck, Rick


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Posted September 06, 2013 - 08:31 PM

Picked up a HF hammer drill today, but I think I am afraid to use it on this Disgus.gif I plan on picking up 18 60# bags of quickrete and fill in under the top slab to where I will have a 2" lip 4" high all around. I can do this one bag at a time and not kill my self. I have to get some support under there. Also has already started to crack Disgus.gifDisgus.gifDisgus.gif

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Posted September 07, 2013 - 04:00 PM

The crack in that last pic is not a stress crack from lack of support underneath.  It is because of the pipe being in the concrete. NOTHING that you can do about that one. The plastic pipe does not expand at the same rate that the concrete does so the concrete cracked there to relieve stress.

 

How did you get voids under the concrete that quick?


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Posted September 07, 2013 - 04:23 PM

Quote: How did you get voids under the concrete that quick?

 

Another royal screw up I did was to staple the tarp vapor barrier to the form. I didn't leave enough slack. I picked up some quickrete and will attempt to fill in the voids and hopefully make it look better.

 

I will never ever do a foundation again.


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Posted September 07, 2013 - 08:20 PM

Slight change in plans, Only 8 50# bags, a drill mixer, adhesive and a dump truck. I used ~ 1/2 bag (3 dump trucks) and it is looking better, about 7 ft. This was a practice run, and still working on getting the mix right. Main goal is to fill in the voids and make it look better. Tin siding will hang ~ 1" below the top cap. Yea, it will probably fall out first rain :wallbanging:

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Posted September 07, 2013 - 09:53 PM

Just so you know, there is still a guy up in PA feeling bad for you and hoping it will all somehow work out well.
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Posted September 07, 2013 - 10:00 PM

Just so you know, there is still a guy up in PA feeling bad for you and hoping it will all somehow work out well.

Look up Spraggs PA, I lived 1 mile north of Blacksville WV for several years


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Posted September 07, 2013 - 10:06 PM

Ah, I didnt know you were a dahn'ere.
As in "Moved dahn'ere because of the Mrs"
"Moved dahn'ere because I hate green, growing things"
"Moved dahn'ere because those hillbilly Pennsylvanians were drivin' me nuts"
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Posted September 07, 2013 - 10:15 PM

Moved dahn'ere cuz I joined the Army and this is where I ended up.
 


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Posted September 07, 2013 - 10:16 PM

I believe some more one else (someone with more knowledge) said that you will not pour concrete that will not crack... Don't sweat it too much.






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