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Old 07-20-2014, 10:19 AM
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Started the poor yesterday afternoon. Finished up around 9 p
. Probably mixed it a bit on the wet side, but 17 bags later it's formed. Put some old sheets on top and I'm turning on the sprinkler every hour or so.

When can I take the forms off?
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Old 07-20-2014, 12:32 PM
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Any time you want.
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Old 07-20-2014, 04:31 PM
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Rotterdam......it's best to leave the forms on as long as you can, but if they need to come off, nothing bad will happen, other than some possible chipping of the edges and the edges drying out faster. The longer they stay on, the better. Also, it's not a good idea to keep wetting the slab. That can do more harm than good, sometimes. Covering it is good, but not adding more water to the surface. The rule of thumb is to slow down the drying process, keeping the moisture in the slab as long as is practical.
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Old 07-20-2014, 04:44 PM
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It looks like you have a center wall. But, it would be a good idea to leave any supports under the short suspended areas of the slab for at least 3 days. I really like 7 better, though .
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Old 07-20-2014, 05:07 PM
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After reading Gulf's response, I agree w/him. I hadn't looked at your suspended slab foundation photos. I thought you were referring to the edge slab forms. I would leave the braces and forms underneath on for as long as you can. Yes, 7 days at a minimum, in my opinion. The longer the better, for all of them. Forms help keep moisture in a slab. That's what you want. But, just the water that's already in the slab, not extra water on the surface.The best thing for the surface is an impermeable cover, such as plastic. In one piece, if possible.
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Old 07-20-2014, 06:04 PM
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NCman, what are you basing your recommendations upon?
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Old 07-20-2014, 07:58 PM
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Well I pulled the forms off. Looks pretty good! Thanks the advice unfortunately I pulled the forms from underneath. The finished thickness was 4.3 inches. The vibrating sander did a great job of removing air. There are a few blemishes in the service I would like to polish out. Any recommendations?
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Old 07-20-2014, 08:03 PM
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Picture of it after I pulled the forms.
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Old 07-20-2014, 08:15 PM
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[QUOTE=Rotterdam;17The vibrating sander did a great job of removing air. There are a few blemishes in the service I would like to polish out. Any recommendations?[/QUOTE]

There should not be very much of your hearth slab exposed after it is finished .

Edit: Looks great to me
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Old 07-20-2014, 08:16 PM
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Correct after it's all said in done there will be an 8" curved ledge in front.
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