Not quite in the workshop... #19: Lousy weather, a shop full of stuff, and holes in the yard...

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Blog entry by dbhost posted 07-08-2010 04:26 PM 1294 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Last week it was hurricane Alex that hit south of us and dumped a ton of rain on us all week, now it is closely followed by what is now being called “Tropical Depression #2” whatever that means… I know all it means for me is a ton more rain.

I have the posts for the fence up, and set in cured concrete, except for the last two. The holes for those are bored, and I am praying that all this rain doesn’t back fill the holes. The ground has been FAR too wet to finish with the concrete work as I am pretty sure the concrete just won’t cure if it is underwater. I am using regular Quick Crete after all..

I have the lawn & garden stuff that was behind the fence lumber in the little bit of shop floor space I did have, and what little was left over, has been taken up by pulling the air compressor out to use in blowing out AC lines, and not being put back right. To say I have a LOT of shop cleaning to do is way beyond an understatement.

I am looking at the weather forecast on the Weather Channel web site, and it looks like I should be in for sunny weather after today with the exception of Saturday which shows “isolated thunder storms”, which usually means I should be dry. I am hoping, and praying that by Sunday, I should be able to have dry ground in which to pour concrete, and set my posts. Until then, not tonight, but by tomorrow night, I should be able to start levelling, marking, and cutting the posts until I get to those two and start setting the rails

What really scares me, is that I have neighbors that have fences that were put up by contractors, in soaking wet weather like this, and they are already sagging. No shock there. I wanted mine done RIGHT, so I am doing it myself. I understand why contractors try to rush these jobs even with bad weather (gotta get paid man!) but the result in quality, or actually total lack thereof, isn’t worth it…

Oh well, until I can get out to the yard, maybe I will get up into the attic and start hanging the radiant barrier…

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#1 posted 07-08-2010 04:46 PM

May not be any help, but a trick I learned somewhere was to set and brace the posts and then just pour the dry concrete mix into the hole. Come back in a couple of days and the concrete has absorbed water from the surrounding earth and hardened up.

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#2 posted 07-08-2010 04:53 PM

I think it all depends on how wet the soils are. I want to be able to control the water in the concrete a little better than that though. I tried that on a previous fence build that wasn’t cooperating, and ended up with weak, crumbly concrete (not enough water I am guessing). I figure let the hole get dry, mix and pour and I will have the benefits of knowing the concrete is mixed right, AND that the expansive clay is shrunk well enough before the concrete goes in the hole. That way when the ground dries out, it doesn’t shrink away from the concrete…

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#3 posted 07-09-2010 12:57 AM

Something that always amazed me, that they pour concrete under water, and it even gets harder that way. I read that somewhere a long time ago, but there are probably some caveats…........aren’t there always?


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#4 posted 07-09-2010 02:18 AM

I had heard what Jim mentioned before as well, but I wondered the same thing: is it some special variety, or are there additives? Anyway, I support your notion of waiting until you’re confident it can be done right. Here’s hoping for your dry weather.

-- Robb

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#5 posted 07-09-2010 05:31 AM

As I read the last entry, I can also hear the rain on my window… sigh….

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