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DIY Home Repair Forum: Bricks, Masonry and Concrete 10-04-2013, 12:16 PM
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Views: 731
Posted By MoreCowbell
Thanks BridgeMan. I did mix it a little too wet,...

Thanks BridgeMan. I did mix it a little too wet, but where I really went off the rails based on what you are saying is that I trowelled way too early. It was like a slurry I was pushing around.
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DIY Home Repair Forum: Bricks, Masonry and Concrete 09-29-2013, 11:57 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 731
Posted By MoreCowbell
Thanks BridgeMan. I just laid my 3rd slab...

Thanks BridgeMan. I just laid my 3rd slab section but I think I've gone from bad to worse (unrelated to my earlier problem). I think I know what I did wrong but I'm hoping to get some expert advice...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Bricks, Masonry and Concrete 09-19-2013, 10:40 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 731
Posted By MoreCowbell
Here are some photos. They don't really show...

Here are some photos. They don't really show much detail. One slab section is done curing and the new one is just about to get some plastic laid on top.
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DIY Home Repair Forum: Bricks, Masonry and Concrete 09-15-2013, 08:11 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 436
Posted By MoreCowbell
Stump in my subgrade

I just laid the first section of my basement slab. I'm now preparing the area for the next section and discovered a small, half-rotted stump that is just at the level where I intend to lay my...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Bricks, Masonry and Concrete 09-15-2013, 07:39 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 731
Posted By MoreCowbell
I'll need to wait another couple of days on that...

I'll need to wait another couple of days on that photo. I forgot to grab a shot between troweling and keeping it wet for curing. I pulled the plastic back tonight but the moisture just ruins the...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Bricks, Masonry and Concrete 09-10-2013, 04:18 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 731
Posted By MoreCowbell
Thanks nealtw. That was a useful link. My test...

Thanks nealtw. That was a useful link. My test slab section will be tomorrow evening. My fingers are crossed. :-)
DIY Home Repair Forum: Bricks, Masonry and Concrete 09-08-2013, 12:43 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 731
Posted By MoreCowbell
What is the best way to hand float a small slab

I am ready to start placing my basement slab doing one small (8'x8') section at a time (thank for the idea BridgeMan) . I am trying to educate myself on the finishing process before i start mixing. ...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Bricks, Masonry and Concrete 09-08-2013, 12:12 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 624
Posted By MoreCowbell
Thanks guys. Good info. That's one less thing for...

Thanks guys. Good info. That's one less thing for me to worry about.
DIY Home Repair Forum: Bricks, Masonry and Concrete 08-23-2013, 01:04 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 624
Posted By MoreCowbell
Vapor barrier question

As I mentioned in an earlier post, I am about to pour the concrete floor for my basement project. I'll be doing this in sections that match how I would have cut the control joints if I did the whole...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Bricks, Masonry and Concrete 07-21-2013, 06:26 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 741
Posted By MoreCowbell
Thanks for the replies. I feel better about the...

Thanks for the replies. I feel better about the suggestions the concrete guy made.

Bridgeman, I guess I should not have made it seem like such a crazy idea that I would pour the floor myself. ...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Bricks, Masonry and Concrete 07-12-2013, 10:58 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 741
Posted By MoreCowbell
Need 2nd opinion on what concrete guy said

I have been posting sporadically here for the past year as I work through my DIY crawlspace-to-basement project. I am just about ready for my concrete floor which incidentally will be the first...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Bricks, Masonry and Concrete 01-25-2013, 12:00 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 656
Posted By MoreCowbell
PVC cleanout how close to slab edge?

In my crawlspace-to-basement project I am to the point where I am installing the PVC perimeter drain before the concrete slab is installed. I'll have several cleanouts that will naturally have to...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Plumbing Forum 01-14-2013, 12:30 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,223
Posted By MoreCowbell
Nealtw, You must have been reading my mind! I...

Nealtw,
You must have been reading my mind! I was shopping around for a slab-edge dimple product like you suggest. The last thing I want to do is get the I am looking at ECP Water Channel Draim...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Plumbing Forum 01-13-2013, 09:40 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,223
Posted By MoreCowbell
Foundation drain cleanouts in a slab

Hello. I am preparing to pour the concrete slab in my crawlspace-to-basement project. I will have a perimeter drain next to the footings to drain any moisture that makes its way under the slab. I...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Bricks, Masonry and Concrete 12-31-2012, 02:16 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,170
Posted By MoreCowbell
Thanks BridgeMan. I've seen Quikrete 5000 all...

Thanks BridgeMan. I've seen Quikrete 5000 all over the place so that would be a convenient alternative. I'll use it for those wedge shaped gaps as well. I'll posted pics of everything when I'm...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Bricks, Masonry and Concrete 12-29-2012, 10:55 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,170
Posted By MoreCowbell
Concrete instead of core-fill grout?

Hello. I am almost done laying the block for the retaining wall for my crawlspace-to-basement conversion project. Naturally, I need to fill the cores that have rebar. However, I am having a tough...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Bricks, Masonry and Concrete 11-14-2012, 06:03 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,505
Posted By MoreCowbell
Thanks for the replies. I feel better about...

Thanks for the replies. I feel better about forging ahead with my intended floor height. I'll just make sure to compact my gravel base real well and use a good amount of wire mesh reinforcement. ...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Bricks, Masonry and Concrete 11-13-2012, 06:47 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,505
Posted By MoreCowbell
Basement Slab Thickness Question

Those who read my other posts know that I am in the middle of a crawlspace-to-basement conversion project. A few days ago I placed the concrete for my retaining wall footing (the retaining wall is...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Bricks, Masonry and Concrete 11-13-2012, 02:58 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,271
Posted By MoreCowbell
Mudmixer, that was the answer I was hoping for! ...

Mudmixer, that was the answer I was hoping for! The exact height of the wall is not too critical, so I can pad the bottom joint to even things out without causing a problem at the top. :D

I'm...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Bricks, Masonry and Concrete 11-12-2012, 09:49 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,271
Posted By MoreCowbell
How much can I fudge mortar joint thickness?

I am an amateur DIY'er and did an amateur screw up. Now I need to figure out my options to recover.:( Here is some backround: I'm plugging away at my crawlspace-to-basement project. My original...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Tools 11-12-2012, 08:38 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,289
Posted By MoreCowbell
I sort of ended up doing just what you described....

I sort of ended up doing just what you described. I hung the column from above about 1/2" above the finished height of the footing surface and wrapped the baseplate with plastic wrap. I then placed...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Bricks, Masonry and Concrete 09-19-2012, 09:32 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 801
Posted By MoreCowbell
Basement slab even with footing?

Hello. I am in the process of converting my crawlspace to a basement. There is a section of foundation footing that is at such a depth that rather than my floor slab being laid on top of the...
DIY Home Repair Forum: General Home Improvement Discussion 09-01-2012, 06:28 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,055
Posted By MoreCowbell
BridgeMan, I was planning to put in a gravel base...

BridgeMan, I was planning to put in a gravel base under the slab for moisture reasons, but I never thought of the sulphate issue. Thanks for the tip.

Nealtw, we have very thick clay in this area...
DIY Home Repair Forum: General Home Improvement Discussion 08-29-2012, 10:44 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,055
Posted By MoreCowbell
Vapor Barrier and Crawlspace Retaining Wall

Hello. I am approaching the point of my crawlspace-to-basement dig out project where I will be building my retaining walls. The retaining walls are what will be giving me extra ceiling height by...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Bricks, Masonry and Concrete 08-29-2012, 07:42 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 5,101
Posted By MoreCowbell
Just want to say thanks to the folks that gave me...

Just want to say thanks to the folks that gave me input on this. I finally finished the columns. Regarding the anchors I ended up hanging the pipe column from the girder about a 1/2" higher than...
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