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Old 03-11-2010, 08:38 PM
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By the way if you are interested in what the biggest rain in 100 yrs looks like, which land on my slab the day after in went down have a look at this link. No it wasnt forcast! melboune weather!


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Old 03-11-2010, 10:23 PM
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Dave,
if you haven't laid the top slab yet, consider sloping it to the outsides so water running off travels out rather than under the floor. This is a little harder to do, but may prevent water build up under the floor after torrential rain.
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thx , hadnt thought of that. Its great this forum to jog the old brain into different ideas. Much appreciated.
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Old 03-12-2010, 02:42 AM
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I heard about a Melbourne girl who had bad hail damage to her car after the recent storms. She went to the panel repair shop, who didn't really need more work and was that she could fix the dents herself.
"Just blow really hard into the exhaust pipe and the dents will all pop out"
"Gee thanks" she replied 'I'll try that"
When she got home she was on her knees behind the car blowing really hard into the tail pipe when her flatmate came out and said"What are you doing?"
"Trying to pop the dents out of the bodywork" she replied.
"Duh, you're so dumb! You'll have to wind the windows up first.
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Now thats funny!
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Old 03-12-2010, 03:35 PM
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"If you did it right, you can strip forms the next day and get right after it. To be safe, a couple of days won't hurt."

I agree. However you must also keep the slab wet and well supplied with water for at least seven days. Cover the exposed surfaces with burlap or old towels and soak them down regularly.
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Old 03-19-2010, 12:20 PM
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Gdy all,

poured the 2nd slab today or should I say shoveled it! seems to have come up pretty well as I managed to mix a better consistency of cement doing it in the barrow for some reason. went and bought the fire bricks as well which was pretty exciting to be getting into the dome soon.the bricks I was able to buy already had a taper cut into them which will make a much tighter fit and make my job a little easier as I am not known for my brick laying skills! Making tables is my thing I will post a pic of latest table. Has anyone else used tapered bricks in their build?
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Old 03-19-2010, 12:34 PM
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latest table made out of black butt
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Everyone's concrete slabs look so much prettier than mine. Mine were sooooooo dry. Nice job.
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Old 03-19-2010, 10:01 PM
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Thanks kewbi it was like glass when I finished it. Just sat back and enjoyed 3 or 4 quite beers and watched it dry! Very relaxing, and pondered on all the skin I had worn of my hands mixing it. Just worked out I have pulled up short on the silica insulation board, so another trip out to the brick refractory. Standby for more updated pics.
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