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Old 05-31-2010, 02:03 PM   #16
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is the sealer generally added cost when getting concrete done, or always included in the estimate automatically?

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Old 05-31-2010, 02:26 PM   #17
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Amanda,

I have to admit that this whole situation puzzles me a bit.

What kind of contractor did you hire if you have all these questions, and are going to be sealing this yourself?

In all honesty, their work looks fine to me, but they seem to have really failed when it comes to communicating & educating the customer on a custom stamp job.

I personally would NEVER let a HO seal a job like this the first time. As a matter of fact, I won't accept full payment for a deco. concrete job until I've sealed it & the HO can literally see what they are getting.

Here's my actual advice now:
- Wet all the concrete down together, as this will be a fairly close representation of what the sealed concrete will look like.
- If acceptable when wet, seal the concrete with a sealer SPECIFICALLY designed for decorative concrete, specifically powdered, colored release agents. You will not likely find this good quality sealer at a "big box" store, but at a concrete or masonry supplier.
- I would suggest adding "Shark Grip" or the eqivalent to the sealer as well, especially if you use this area in the winter.

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are cracks normal during or not long after he curing phase? does this happen regardless if its sealed or not?
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oy vey, the saga continues,,, cracks ? WHAT CRACKS ? ? ? shouldn't be ANY cracks - - - AT ALL,,, no, NOT ' normal ' - sealed OR unsealed

might be a sawed OR formed contraction/expansion/isolation jnt but that's done while the conc's 'green '
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As the senile old man above me said "WHAT CRACKS?"

More info is needed to answer this question. Where are the cracks?
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oy vey, the saga continues,,, cracks ? WHAT CRACKS ? ? ? shouldn't be ANY cracks - - - AT ALL,,, no, NOT ' normal ' - sealed OR unsealed

might be a sawed OR formed contraction/expansion/isolation jnt but that's done while the conc's 'green '
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As the senile old man above me said "WHAT CRACKS?"

More info is needed to answer this question. Where are the cracks?
In the first post, last picture right near the bottom, right hand side just below the separation edging (don't know the proper term for it) line. I think that might be one of the cracks.

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