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Old 03-06-2010, 04:20 AM
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Hi All,

I just poured the concrete but its too dark to take pictures of it now. I'll post them first thing tomorrow. It's a great feeling to have laid the foundation down. For the meantime here are pics before the concrete was poured.

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Old 03-06-2010, 05:07 AM
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If you keep moving this fast you'll be done in no time at all

Good Luck

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Old 03-06-2010, 03:31 PM
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Thanks very much, Mark. Those are certainly words of encouragement for me and I value it very much. Here are the pics of the dry concrete. I definitely was not prepared for how much the cement mixture would dry my skin. My hands are like sand paper now. I guess I'll wear gloves the next time I mix up a batch.

I put my hand print and my dog, Yogi's, paw print, in the wet concrete as well as some scribbling hehehe. It didn't come out the way I expected it to be and my penmanship leaves a lot to be desired. Hahaha! But at least it gave it that personal touch! Even our cat, curious as she was, left her mark during the evening while I was asleep.

I'm going to let it cure more over Sunday and then I'll start stacking the blocks and hopefully get the frame of the hearth slab done by Monday.

It's such fulfilling work I'm thinking about my second build already hahaha. Just kidding.

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Old 03-06-2010, 04:58 PM
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"Yup I will put gravel then a plastic sheet so the ground wont wick away the water from the slab."

You don't really need the plastic. (Which is going to get holes in it anyway). Simply soak down your sugrade - the gravel layer - before you pour. After the initial set, as soon as it will take it, start flooding the concrete gently with water. Keep surface continuously wet for a minimum of 7 days. Cover it with burlap sacks or old towels or such and then your plastic sheet.
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Old 03-06-2010, 06:55 PM
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Thanks for that tip, Neil. I'll be sure to wet the surface from now til 7 days after. It's summer here right now. As it is, it's already 39 degrees Celsius indoors I can only imagine how hot it can get with direct sunlight. Very sound advice from you. I would never have thought of doing that.

Thanks again for your help. I'll be sure to keep it hydrated.

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Raffy

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Old 03-07-2010, 05:51 AM
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Hi Raffy,
I believe its the lime in the concrete that destroys your hands, I got a box of latex gloves, even when I was laying the bricks I wore them,,, There is also a product called liquid gloves if you can find it,, You rub it on your hands and it helps a lot keeping your hands from getting destroyed... Good luck and keep going
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Old 03-08-2010, 01:09 AM
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Thanks, Mark. I'll definitely wear latex gloves when handling cement. Today, I just finished piecing together a rudimentary stand. We'll be doing the final finishing of the stand tomorrow then its off to assembling the hearth slab frame. I won't be able to pour the slab til Wednesday or Thursday. It all depends on our progress.
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Old 03-08-2010, 02:56 AM
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Hi Raffy,,

Looks good so far, Just one question, I cant see in the pic, do you have your front opening supported with angle Iron ? Or do you plan on suporting it another way ?
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Old 03-08-2010, 03:58 AM
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Its supported by two rebars "hidden" in the concrete underneath. I can't wait for tomorrow to actually apply the finishing.
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Old 03-09-2010, 03:07 AM
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Good Deal Raffy

Are you putting on stucco ?? if you are, remember to wet the area your working on with a spray bottle or a brush.. Keep going and you will be making pizza in May....

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