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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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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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Allan72
Junior Contributor

Re: Other Side of House - Project Diary

Update 5:

Hi everyone, Some time has passed since my last post. Back to work after the Christmas break, a spell of illness, kids weekend sport and hot weather certainly slowed down progress on work. However, I’m pleased to say that the slabs are all in. Paving will soon follow. 

- I’ve extended the scope of work to include a side gate and fence (colourblind) just down from the patio I’m building. It ties in with the overall work; but the family would like to get a dog and so the gate and fence are essential and have become a priority to get a mutt. 

- I plan to put a concrete path in for this side access. There is still some retaining wall work to do and drainage to put in.

- The gate will probably be vertical slatted timber hardwood. 6E74CC98-3D92-44C1-A864-0C89B7BEA96E.jpegEarlier works

 

85CA53A1-97D4-4727-B762-D28E18E6D687.jpegLooking north. 22 sqm in total.

 

244A5731-D851-4AAA-A91E-3ADB535BF46D.jpegConcrete path, drainage and retaining wall work to follow.

 

F40B3637-0A9D-4472-AF55-6CF219C3EA98.jpegWork progressing

 

DABEF3CA-3987-4BB2-B638-442BA4622E0D.jpegLooking south

 

redracer01
Experienced Contributor

Re: Other Side of House - Project Diary

Looking very nice Allan72 cant wait for the "reveal" just like in those reno shows.

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