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Old 09-10-2012, 09:48 AM
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Good job on the base. Couple of thoughts on the slab: I would add some more 2x4 to fill that gap. The weight on the edge will probably bend enough to allow alot of leakage of concrete. 2x4s are cheap. Just nail one on each side to fill and use some blocks if you need to get that snug against the base walls. Also, be sure and brace all around that frame to the floor. You will be adding a lot of weight with that slab. Also add 1/2" rebar and tie to your rebar in your walls. Several builders buttress the outer walls as well. Be careful, you dont want a failure here and spilled wet concrete. Good luck and keep up the good work.
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Old 09-10-2012, 09:59 AM
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Tracy: Thanks! I was wondering if extra 2x4's was the trick here. I'll do that. Visions of half a ton of wet concrete spilling to the floor of my stand are enough to make me want to get this right...

Was definitely planning on the rebar; I've got that cut already and cut the rebar in the walls long for exactly that purpose.

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Old 09-14-2012, 07:25 AM
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Made a little bit of progress. Nailed a couple more 2x4s on the sides of my tray frame, cut a few more legs and jammed my empty concrete bags into the empty block cores . Trouble is, now I'm out of lumber . As I don't have a big enough car to easily take home large boards and sheets of plywood, this gets to be a bit of a problem. Might get the local lumber yard to cut the boards down for me and then see if I can stuff them in the back of my little hatchback. Frustrating part of it is that the lumber yard is literally around the corner; if the stuff weren't so awkward, I could just about carry it home...
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Old 09-14-2012, 08:00 AM
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Hey, that looks much better. unfortunately, you need more lumber though.
You might figure all the stuff you are going to need, mucho concrete bags, rebar, plywood, 2 x 4s, nails, screws, etc. and get them to deliver it. You can stack the concrete bags on pallets in your yard and cover with tarps to keep dry until you are ready to pour. It might save a delivery fee if you order all the stuff at once and keep from having to put all that stuff in your car like the guy in the pic. Also, keep in mind to provide some buttress support to that top slab form, you don't want a concrete wave. This is a pic of a big pour showing some extreme buttressing (you don't need this) just cool to see. Also, make sure on the empty cores that you are filling with bags, that they are packed to the top firmly. Otherwise, the concrete weight will keep falling and you will keep mixing. You will probably want to rent a small mixer if are using sackrete for that oven base. Life is short, take shortcuts when you can. Keep up the good work.
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Old 09-14-2012, 08:15 AM
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That first picture is pretty awesome Fortunately I don't need quite that much stuff on this run...

I actually did do a big delivery earlier, to get my concrete, blocks, and rebar, but didn't order enough lumber at the time . Now I just need a few 2x4s, 2x8s, shims, some more nails and maybe a couple extra bags of concrete to be on the safe side, and I don't want to pay $50 to ship <$100 work of stuff (that being what the lumber yard charges for orders under $500).

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Old 09-14-2012, 08:37 AM
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Got a buddy with a truck?
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Old 09-14-2012, 11:12 AM
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Unfortunately no. New to the area and all my co-workers at the new job are "bike to work, don't own a car" types.

Really the problem here is that I'm impatient. I signed up for a credit account with the lumber yard, which would get me free delivery...but not until Monday, leaving me with a lost weekend when I could be getting this thing framed up and ready to go
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Old 09-14-2012, 05:37 PM
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RSandler,
I saw a couple of references to nails in your posts. When forming, I switched to deck screws some years ago. They make the forms a heck of a lot easier to "wreck". I like the star bit drive type deck screw. I have some that are on their 4th or 5th project. Phillips heads are what I call a "one time use". I now use nails only on framing permanent structures (and not many of them) .
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Gulf:

If you heard a loud, fleshy, smacking noise around the time you made that post, that was me smacking my forehead in a massive "duh" moment. I'd been using 3-1/4 inch framing nails, and having a hell of a time with it, with the boards getting out of alignment as I waled away with the hammer. But screws! Screws would have made it much easier

Anyway, I ended up picking up a box of deck screws (just phillips though ), along with shims and lumber on Saturday morning, and paid a few bucks extra to have the lumber yard cut it down for me to fit it in my car. I got the frame and legs finished, got my rebar in place, and screwed together the forms Saturday afternoon and evening, and we poured the hearth this afternoon! I'll post pictures later on.
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Old 09-16-2012, 05:13 PM
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The phillips heads will work just fine, if you cover the heads so they don't fill up with mortar or concrete. Just make sure that you have the correct size driver bit for the screws .
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