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HighDesertHomeOwner 12-03-2010 05:45 PM

pouring concrete slab foundation--stages
In terms of final strength, is there a difference if you pour the concrete a couple of inches a day over three or four days?

Does the concrete slab have to be poured to full thickness in the same session and cure together as a slab?


kok328 12-03-2010 06:20 PM


You will most definitely want to pour the full thickness of the slab in one pour.

The slower the cure time, the stronger the slab will be.

HighDesertHomeOwner 12-06-2010 10:51 AM

If the whole slab is too large for one man in one day, will it be possible to divide the whole slab into sections.

Likely the wooden mode will have holes/thin slot to accommodate the rebars and/or wires.

itsreallyconc 12-12-2010 11:30 AM

if you DON'T place it in 1 day & do as you proposed, you won't have any final strength as you'll have horizontal delamination & cold joints,,, where the **** did you ever come up w/that idea, anyway ?

if the slab's too large for one man, get more men,,, there's NO way any pro would consider doing any work w/o the proper men & tools,,, i'd suggest you find someone who actually knows something about what you're trying to do !

what wood, wire, & steel ? if 4" thick, no one specs it.

nealtw 12-17-2010 02:13 PM

This is the place to spend the money and get it done right. Concrete does have science and you do need to know what you are doing.

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