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Old 10-04-2010, 09:36 AM   #271
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Concrete counter-top
Something I have thought of doing
But not sure I wanted to tackle it
Plus the weight
I wonder the weight VS granite ?

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Old 10-04-2010, 10:42 AM   #272
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Concrete is only 88% the weight of granite...

http://lmgtfy.com/?q=concrete+weight...ite+weight&l=1
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Old 10-05-2010, 09:55 PM   #273
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Well that is interesting to know
I was sort of ruling out concrete because of the weight
...not to mention the amount of work
I am thinking about concrete for my outside bar
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Old 10-09-2010, 09:53 PM   #274
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it may be lighter .. but it is at least two times as thick. believe me, i just had a piece that was maybe 3'x4'x2" and it was EXTREMELY heavy. 3 guys could barely .. i mean BARELY .. move it. it was slow slow going.

but a lot of the problem was that we had no way of getting a grip on it. i was too afraid to lie it flat and carry it like a table top because i didn't want it to snap in half (probably would have been fine, but didn't want to chance it). so i flipped it on its side and then realized nobody could get a grip on it to lift. ..

but now i see at home depot they sell "gorilla grip" which is used to move sheets of plywood around like this. probably would work great for concrete countertop.
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I think I'd build/pour it right next to the bar
Then just flip it over onto the bar to finish it
But the bar is 3' x 10' long....that would be heavy
Was the bottom perfectly flat ?
Did you set it in thinset or something ?
The bar has a flat top...I was thinking thinset would allow it to settle in...& provide support
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i just wanted to say thanks for sharing your epic journey with all of us. i just found this thread in a google search on concrete counter tops and am glad i read it!
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I think I'd build/pour it right next to the bar
Then just flip it over onto the bar to finish it
But the bar is 3' x 10' long....that would be heavy
Was the bottom perfectly flat ?
Did you set it in thinset or something ?
The bar has a flat top...I was thinking thinset would allow it to settle in...& provide support
3x10x2" you are looking at about 800 lbs. Good luck.
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Yeah...I could do it in 2 or 3 sections
That would help prevent cracking on such a long piece
Plus make the size manageable
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...but now i see at home depot they sell "gorilla grip" which is used to move sheets of plywood around like this. probably would work great for concrete countertop.
FYI, I googled this little gem... Looks like it has a dimension capacity of 1-1/8-inc. I've emailed the company for weight capacity.

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One thing I am curiuos about
If I were to make mine in 3 sections
Could I re-use the same mold 3 times ?
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re-use the mold? probably most of it. i found that the side walls got pretty damaged when trying to remove the concrete from the mold. but the bottom of the mold (the large piece of melamine) was fine, maybe just needed to be wiped clean.

some pros speak of a "release agent" for concrete molds because they MUST to re-use them for production.

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Thanks
I will look into the release stuff
I wouldn't mind just building one form
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Dave,

Your outside bar top can be formed and poured in place. No need to carry it.
And be sure to put in a drip edge...
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I've always heard (thought) you had to flip them over to get the smooth finish for the top ?
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no matter how good you or a hired pro is, the finished product will never be as smooth as what a mold can do.

however, in your case.. being an outdoor bbq table and super huge.. i would consider pour in place method.

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