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Old 05-19-2014, 10:37 AM   #31
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Did they back the truck on the rebar?

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Old 05-19-2014, 11:07 AM   #32
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No. Back wheels up on the street curb about 30ft from the driveway, and what they couldn't get with the truck, they used a bunch of wheelbarrow trips to do.
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Done. Ill have pictures of the final product this evening when the sun isn't so harsh.

I felt out of place. I am usually the one that does all of the work. At my job, i run the show. It was hard to not want to help. I had to keep telling myself that i am paying them to do this for me.

I still felt the need to be helpful, so i gave them cold water throughout the day, and really cold beer when they were done.
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Old 05-19-2014, 09:53 PM   #34
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Old 05-19-2014, 10:15 PM   #35
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It looks like the contractor did a Pro job, even cleaned up the area afterwards.

Did they give you instructions on curing this before driving on it, or moisture in the hot sun?
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Yes, I can walk on it now as of 6pm, but cannot drive on it for 4-5 days. The longer I wait the better.

I think I will wait 2 weeks before pulling the big Buick out of the garage!

No need to water it down, because the temperature is cool enough that it won't evaporate the moisture out of it fast enough to crack it. He said if it were the middle of June, then yes, definitely water it down.

Also, they left part of the wood form on the inside curve of the walkway for the time being. He said he didn't want to take a chance of messing up the corner of the concrete, and would come back tomorrow to remove it.

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It is good to leave the forms a little while, because the edges cure faster and any weight will cause that edge to sluff off and ruin the beautiful job.

He was well worth the money.

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Thanks!
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When they finished the concrete, did they put any type of sealer on the surface?
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No. Should there be? And is this a DIY item?
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Looks good from my computer.

Hopefully, they sprayed a curing sealant on it, the Texas heat can be hard on concrete curing.......
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High of 84 with 76% humidity today. Not as hot as it could be. No curing sealant sprayed.
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Is there anything i can put on it to keep oil drips from cars, and other things from staining it up? I work on my cars, and sometimes spills happen.
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Here's some info on curing. Take a look at the chart to see the difference between curing and not. I'm in WI, and anytime it's over 50 degrees we use curing sealant because I realize how important it is. It's too darn cheap and easy not to. That said, it really should have had a curing sealant applied yesterday afternoon already, alot of free moisture has already been lost out of the concrete.

As for "which" sealers, i like to use a cheap water-based cure/seal, followed by a special siloxane (deep penetrating and great spill resistence) 30+ days later. Here's an example of the two sealers:

http://www.wrmeadows.com/vocomp-20-c...ling-compound/


http://www.wrmeadows.com/vocomp-20-c...ling-compound/
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Here's some info on curing. Take a look at the chart to see the difference between curing and not. I'm in WI, and anytime it's over 50 degrees we use curing sealant because I realize how important it is. It's too darn cheap and easy not to. That said, it really should have had a curing sealant applied yesterday afternoon already, alot of free moisture has already been lost out of the concrete.

As for "which" sealers, i like to use a cheap water-based cure/seal, followed by a special siloxane (deep penetrating and great spill resistence) 30+ days later. Here's an example of the two sealers:

http://www.wrmeadows.com/vocomp-20-c...ling-compound/


http://www.wrmeadows.com/vocomp-20-c...ling-compound/

Thanks for the information.

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Apply VOCOMP-20 when the surface water has disappeared and the concrete surface will not be marred by walking workmen.
Am I too late for this, or just in time?

How have you applied yours? It says you can use a sprayer or a roller.

Where do you find VOCOMP-20? Does your local hardware store carry it, or does it have to be ordered from somewhere?

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