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Old 06-11-2012, 03:05 PM   #16
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To be completely honest, I understand the reasoning behind the rebarb, but that sounds like over kill to me. Am I just being a newbie? I am overseeing the remodeling of this house for men and women coming home from incarceration, and I'm not certain, I know any volunteer with a huge masonry bit and the experience to use it.

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The advice that I am giving you is the "right" way to do things and industry standards, and the way that I would detail the construction if I were to develop construction documents for contractor bids.

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To be completely honest... that sounds like over kill to me. Thoughts?
If there will be a delay between completing the pipe work and inspection... then a bed of more easily moved gravel could prove to be nice to have.

But... unless the floor is going to have some other non residential use, one that I haven't seen described here with weight loads which might require that sort of reinforcement... rebar and epoxies and grout and all the rest is indeed overkill.

Soil carefully laid in and well tamped is plenty good enough.

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Concrete reinforcing in a slab application isn't for compressive strength. That is gained from the concrete itself. The reinforcing is mainly a means of keeping the slabs from moving independently of each other over time.
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Old 06-11-2012, 03:56 PM   #19
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To be completely honest, I understand the reasoning behind the rebarb, but that sounds like over kill to me. Am I just being a newbie? I am overseeing the remodeling of this house for men and women coming home from incarceration, and I'm not certain, I know any volunteer with a huge masonry bit and the experience to use it.

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Martin
You asked how to do it, but if you'd rather not follow our advice, that's your call.

Most tool rental places, even HD, should have hammer drills for rent. They might have the bits too.

This appears to be a very heavy duty one, they might have something lighter.
http://www.homedepotrents.com/proToo...y_hammer_drill
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Old 06-12-2012, 06:16 AM   #20
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links to your business belong in your sig, not in the post.
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While the pros here are telling you the EXACT correct way to do this, do what Tarheel says a couple posts above. Use what came out of the hole, being sure to tamper it in many stages along the way.

Last I checked this was the "DIY Home Improvement Forum", not the "Professional Concrete Flooring Forum".

Thank you for offering your professional opinion, but don't get pissy when it is pointed out how much overkill it is.

OP, you can do what the experts say and be 100% you will never have a problem, over do what Tarheel says and only be 99.5% sure that you will never have a problem. It is your time and money. You make the call.

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Old 06-13-2012, 10:11 AM   #22
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Remodeling a house for men and women coming home from incarceration is not a normal DIY home improvement.

The Pros giving their advise on how to do it right probably already have seen the outcome of skipping proper technique/procedure.

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