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Old 06-23-2011, 05:38 PM
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I have met the Old Master Cheng and the new, Mr Rhodes, and while I have not observed their process in full, my guess is that they are using a purpose built vibrator, and not the one that is available from your local rental company.
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Old 06-23-2011, 06:36 PM
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I have a DVD where Rhodes uses a palm sander or similar; I have seen a video of Cheng (it has been a while...I'm pretty sure it was Cheng) using a pencil vibrator attached to the end of a drill...seemed like overkill, especially in light of how well the palm/random orbit sander works.

Check out this link at 3:14...very brief; in the DVD version, it shows them vibrating until the cream just begins to vibrate over the lip of the form, bringing the air bubbles with it.

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Old 06-23-2011, 06:46 PM
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Here check this cheng video out Concrete Exchange - Pouring the Concrete

He calls it a stick vibrator. I will use a palm sander and a random orbital sander on the sides, but the stick vibrator is to get out the bubbles in the middle so there are less holes to fill when I sand/polish it down.

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Old 06-23-2011, 07:26 PM
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I use a palm sander.
Once you slurry, keep the slabs wet by covering them with plastic wrap for several hours or a day. My experience has been that even when wet down beforehand, the slab sucks up all the water and the slurry doesn't cure properly unless the whole thing is kept wet with repeated spraying and covering.
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Old 06-24-2011, 09:45 PM
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Do you guys think I need to leave a expansion gap (a piece of cardboard thickness) between the insulation and the counter? I have a double insulation layer (fiberboard on top of vermicucrete). Is the counter around my oven prone to cracking from the heat moving into the insulation layers.

Here are some pictures of the form

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Old 06-25-2011, 06:18 AM
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I wouldn't worry about that even a little. It will never get hot enough to do anything.
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Old 06-27-2011, 08:05 PM
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Ok-

So I poured the counter over the weekend. The color came out good, but when I was removing the form I broke one of the corners. It was a combination of that one corner got vibrated too much (I didn't use the in-concrete vibrator, I read that it would make all the aggregate sink to the bottom. I guess that would be fine if I was going to flip it over.).

-What should I do about the corner? Should I epoxy the chipped piece back on and then apply the slurry or would the slurry do the job of gluing the piece on?

-The top doesn't have a lot of holes, it was the sides that didn't come out super smooth.

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Old 06-27-2011, 08:41 PM
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Demerits for pulling the forms too soon
That is going to be tough to fix perfectly and permanently.
Slurry won't "glue" it. Concrete has little to no adhesive properties.

In the past, I've built up and fixed spots like that with a thick pasty slurry, but because it's not part of the original matrix and doesn't have any aggregate, it's always a weak spot. In a corner or an edge, it will break off with very little provocation. My oven landing slab has basically that same defect. It was fixed but didn't stay that way. Patina is the nature of the material, IMO, so I don't sweat it.
Try epoxying it and see what you get. It's probably going to show, but it will at least have a chance of staying put. I've never tried that route. I guess I'd let it cure for a week or so first.
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Old 06-27-2011, 08:45 PM
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From the looks of it, you had quite a wet mix. FWIW, the slab is probably going to develop cracks which might brighten your outlook about the corner chip.
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Old 06-27-2011, 09:42 PM
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I don't think I removed the form too soon, I just didn't have any help pulling it off, as well as that corner was a little weird. Nic said (as other things I read) pull forms after 24 hrs for a pour in place counter.

-The mix was fairly dry, the top you see is polished down with 200 grit. The more I polish it down the less the corner bothers me.

-That's what I taught about the slurry, I will try to epoxy it and see what happens.

- Why do you think it will crack?

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