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Other Side of House - Project Diary

redracer01
Experienced Contributor

Re: Other Side of House - Project Diary

@Allan72May I suggest covering the slab with a large plastic sheet to trap the moisture in and slow down the drying process. Otherwise use the mist function on your garden gun so as to prevent thermal shock and your concrete drys too fast and ends up with cracks where you dont want it to have. Just a thought my friend.

Allan72
Junior Contributor

Re: Other Side of House - Project Diary

Thanks @redracer01. You’re spot on. I think it dried to quickly in the heat. I did mist it down last night and today but I didn’t put a sheet on it. Still can do that and might pop down in preparation for tomorrow but we’re looking at cool rainy weather over the week. 

Allan72
Junior Contributor

Re: Other Side of House - Project Diary

Update 3:

- Second slab is down. It’s a much better slab compared to the first. Batched and poured in cooler conditions. 

- I found screeding easier as I had the first slab and formwork on the opposite side to guide me. I realise that my screed work on the first slab was inconsistent as I was up against the wall. Some spots are not level but it is not significant. I’m not overly concerned as I reckon I can adjust to get the levels right when tiling. The fall is pretty much right. 

- Almost half way!2DFE1010-E6F0-478A-81FB-A7632D7993B0.jpegFormwork is still in.

 

redracer01
Experienced Contributor

Re: Other Side of House - Project Diary

Hey @Allan72 how about an update! How far have you gone? 

Allan72
Junior Contributor

Re: Other Side of House - Project Diary

Update 4:

Hi Redracer,

Unfortunately it has been slow going. I’ve been away on holidays and returned to 4 days straight over 40 degrees C. Managed to get the third slab in but had to time it in relation to spell of hot weather. Consistently at 35 or higher at the moment, so will wait until there is some reprieve possibly in the next week. We’ll see how we go.

Love-Lee
Newbie

Re: Other Side of House - Project Diary

Eagerly waiting for updates! Looking good so far.
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Community Manager Jason
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Re: Other Side of House - Project Diary

Thanks for joining in the discussion @Love-Lee. I'm sure @Allan72 appreciates the positive feedback.

 

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