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Old 03-30-2007, 03:39 AM
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Old 03-30-2007, 06:32 AM
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Carioca, Hendo,

Don't know what your supply is like where you are, but my rule of thumb for reinforced concrete slabs is to use smaller aggregate than code calls for. Commonly, and if the budget allows, I'll go with pea gravel rather than a larger grade. Here, pea gravel comes washed, so there are no issues with contaminants. Using this size makes rodding the concrete a breeze. Just a thought.

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Old 03-30-2007, 07:44 PM
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Good tip, Jim - except I have bought four tons of the 'normal' stuff already! I can try throwing it on a mesh that lets only the smaller pieces through, though...

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Old 03-30-2007, 08:38 PM
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Thumbnail shows the final reinforcement in place: two rounds of #72 mesh and a thing ring of 6 mm rod bent into the curve of the outer rim. That should do the trick ...

(I remember a local building inspector casually 'inspecting' the trenches and reinforcement steel for our concrete block home and termed it "over-engineered" - even though I'd left out the engineer's corner braces and steel sloping down into the foundation because our building holiday was over. As a result, I think, there were many cracks in the block work over the years...)

For posterity, I am putting a few CDs and DVDs with our family history, accounting data and e-mails in one of the holes of the stand (foreground).

Now working out if I've got enough sand and cement on hand to complete the pour :-)

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Old 07-25-2007, 07:35 AM
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saw a post from Carioca today on another thread - He has been rather silent on the forum lately but is making strides in the build. check out the progress
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