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Old 08-15-2003, 07:20 PM
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Prime mover's dad is right. Concrete for testing is poured into round containers. set into water kept at about 42o, 1 week testing as x number of crushing lbs, 28 days for maximun allowed for the test. Mist the concrete, never allow it to "rain" down on the slab. Most jobs I've seen call for cuts every ten ft. or 100 sq. feet. depending on your compaction though, concrete will crack where it dam well wants to..Dan

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Old 08-15-2003, 10:42 PM
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Thanks Dinger. Dear ol' Dad used to lay awake at night worrying about cracks in his concrete. He spent the last 15 years of his career working for a landscape architect doing exposed aggregate patios, pool decks and trick winding step jobs. Most of them either had redwood or brick strips. He was a real genius at his craft, even at 75 years old he could teach the average young buck a thing or two with a trowel and edger.

I built my little shop back in 79. I helped him set up the slab but the Old Man poured it and finished it under a vis-queen tent in the rain by himself, while I was at work. It was a Birthday present. Dad's 87 now, and the garage floor will undoubtedly out last him. If it's any consolation prize, there ain't crack one in it yet. When I finally retire, it'll be easy to let this house go in favor of more space. It'll be hard to part with this little 20-24 garage.
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