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Old 02-16-2013, 04:59 PM
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Today was a good day to start grinding the landing/hearth/seating area. The cement was poured 2 weeks ago. I removed to forms and Filled the gaps along the edges last weekend. Today I started with the wet polisher. The 50 grit was not exposing the amount of aggregate that I wanted to see - So I took about 3/16 to 1/4 inch off with the diamond wheel. Lots of water and mess - I see why this is not done indoors. Fortunately it was about 80 degrees here today.
The photo is after the diamond wheel - I continued on to 400 grit then stopped for the day. I will fill the bug holes tomorrow and grind / polish more next weekend.
42" FB Pompeii Oven with 19" dome, and adjacent fireplace, in the O.C.-2013-02-16-11.30.53.jpg
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Old 02-17-2013, 10:20 AM
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That looks really nice
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Old 02-17-2013, 02:54 PM
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thank you. It's slow but at least it's progress.
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Old 02-17-2013, 05:30 PM
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Today was a good day to start grinding the landing/hearth/seating area. The cement was poured 2 weeks ago. I removed to forms and Filled the gaps along the edges last weekend. Today I started with the wet polisher. The 50 grit was not exposing the amount of aggregate that I wanted to see - So I took about 3/16 to 1/4 inch off with the diamond wheel. Lots of water and mess - I see why this is not done indoors. Fortunately it was about 80 degrees here today.
The photo is after the diamond wheel - I continued on to 400 grit then stopped for the day. I will fill the bug holes tomorrow and grind / polish more next weekend.
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It is looking great! I will have to admit I, like Deejayoh, had reservations about that diamond grinding wheel. Looks like it did a great first pass. I'm watching with great interest. keep us posted .
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Old 02-18-2013, 12:12 AM
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I was sad to hear bout Russell's counter tops. As it Rarely freezes here I think (hope) that my poured, glass embedded counters will age well.
I did learn an important (embarrassing) lesson that I will share so that other might not do the same.
I expected that Cement which had cured (for 2 weeks) would be chemically inert (no reason to think this other than it looks inert). I am here to tell you that the slurry released by grinding is caustic to skin. It was a nice warm day - seemed like no big deal to wear sandals while grinding - lots of water everywhere rinsing the counters, rinsing the patio, rinsing me......
42" FB Pompeii Oven with 19" dome, and adjacent fireplace, in the O.C.-2013-02-17-23.01.09.jpg
This is the top of my ankle where my jeans and cement grindings came together. Don't do this.
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Good to know. Thanks for sharing this. I will be grinding/polishing my cement countertops this summer (I hope) and will take measures to avoid this myself. Thanks again.

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Old 02-18-2013, 11:27 AM
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Sorry to see that. Get a set of cheap raingear from HF. Plus some of their long rubber gloves. Well worth protecting yourself!
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Rain gear purchased - check!
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Old 02-24-2013, 10:35 PM
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More fabulous weather in So Cal allowing winter work on the project.

Several lessons learned this weekend:
1) Rain gear and rubber boots are a win.
2) Slurry coat should not be use to fill large defects:
The excess slurry coat of cement and pigment with bonding agent (no water) came off nicely with 100 grit wheel and polished up to a very glossy surface - I went to 1500 grit - except whet the hole filled was bigger than 1/4 inch (where rocks/glass flew out on the first pass leaving larger defects. I had three of these on 50 sq feet - not too bad). The slurry filling in these larger defects contracted and cracked - So I dug it out and will fill with cement / sand / pigment slurry.
42" FB Pompeii Oven with 19" dome, and adjacent fireplace, in the O.C.-polishing.jpg
3) The wet grinder is designed to work on a horizontal surface - not vertical:
I purchased the unit with the bull nose router bit and the polishing pads on line and I ran it all day horizontal last Saturday happily grinding down about 1/4 inch then polishing to 400 grit. This weekend - working on the vertical face of the hearth - the GFI Tripped and the then the unit was dead within 30 minutes. I thought if was a defect, and facing a full days work I went to my local pro building supply yard to purchase another unit (the only one in stock was the display so I got $25 off) and I planned to return the online purchase for warranty. This second unit also tripped the GFI and went dead within 30 minutes grinding - the first unit had dried out - and worked fine. So I worked hard to keep the motor dry and rotated between the two units all day long. One is 800 watts, the other is 900 watts - aside from the color of the plastic casing and the stickers they are identical units. I plan to make some kind of enhanced plastic shroud before next weekends final vertical grind. BTY the rain hood with a face shield was an important part of the plan at this point as cement slurry flys straight up then back down on the operator during this process.
4) The 3/4 inch bull nose diamond grinder worked great:
42" FB Pompeii Oven with 19" dome, and adjacent fireplace, in the O.C.-2013-02-24-21.05.23.jpg42" FB Pompeii Oven with 19" dome, and adjacent fireplace, in the O.C.-grinding-bullnose.jpg
It was a very forgiving process. It was not necessary to try and remove all of the material in one pass - I could take of in various manors (push - pull - dive in) as long as the final pass with the tool was pushed down, and flush to the surface, the edge came out great and Stones are revealed in the ground edge!42" FB Pompeii Oven with 19" dome, and adjacent fireplace, in the O.C.-2013-02-24-20.37.41.jpg
So now a slurry on the fronts and more polishing next weekend.
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Bring back memories. I was wearing my rain gear when it was 90 degrees outside. Counters looking good.
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