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The She Shop #4: Water Mitigation Resolved...moving on

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Blog entry by rhybeka posted 09-12-2018 06:37 PM 494 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I went and picked up the sewer pipe and channel drain supplies from the local blue box. OUCH. Once the concrete channel was cut, my dad gave me the idea of putting in gravel and seeing if that would suffice. I went and got a load of gravel and did just that.

This past weekend we got remnants of a tropical storm that dropped ~5’ of rain. not a drop in the shop along the far wall. The little bit of water shadowing I saw will be fixed by putting up a gutter across the front and some more caulking under the new siding. Oh yeah, that reminds me. Three of the four sides are now sided. All that’s left is a narrow piece beside the door, and the far wall.

Next up, adding to the concrete slab in front of the double door. Stay tuned!

-- Beka/Becky - aspiring jill of all trades, still learning to not read the directions.



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mpounders

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#1 posted 09-12-2018 07:59 PM

I’m not sure you want that 2×4 that butts up to the existing sidewalk? I would just run the form up to it and then use the edger to put in an expansion joint for cracking after you pour it. Otherwise you would have an 1 1/2” gap between the new and old? I have seen smaller widths of wood used as an expansion joint, but they usually rot out after a few years. Just my two cents!

-- Mike P., Arkansas, http://mikepounders.weebly.com

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#2 posted 09-12-2018 08:52 PM

^ Ditto to what Mike said. First thing I thought when looking at those pics.

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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#3 posted 09-12-2018 11:54 PM

Two things…lose the 2×4, and run a longer one across the front edge….Then buy some small rebar like a #3 size..drill a few holes into the existing slab, and slide the rebar into them. Then place the concrete. Use an edger trowel to cut the control joint….

Rebar is like a dowel in a wood joint. helps keep the two slabs aligned with each other. At least at the joint.

Glad the drain system works…

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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#4 posted 09-13-2018 12:52 AM

One other little tip:

That outside corner of the new slab…..furthest away from the double doors? Make it the lowest spot, so water will run off that corner, away from the doors…..say, 1/4” lower?

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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rhybeka

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#5 posted 09-13-2018 02:46 PM

Thanks guys – the picture is old – I did take out the board between the new slab and the old before I started putting concrete in. :) I put two bags down last night and stopped because I’d dropped a bag on my foot earlier and it was bothering me. Thankfully no lasting damage done. my SO thinks we should ask the concrete guy around the corner to come back and finish this one up and I’m tempted to agree with her, but it seems like it shouldn’t be that much work…even though it is!

-- Beka/Becky - aspiring jill of all trades, still learning to not read the directions.

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