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|Posted on November 13, 2019 at 11:45 AM||comments (0)|
I wish I had some pics before the boys busted tings up. As you can likely imagine the concrete was buckled but no one expected this massive root (the massive tree outside should've cued us).
We had to pose with our catch. Had to.
Back to work...ok so as in other concrete work we do, we drilled and inserted rebar to the existing slab to help prevent cracking and help keep the new concrete together with the old.
We also rolled out welded wire mesh.
This is what it looks like as we're finishing up.
Not bad, not bad.
|Posted on August 27, 2018 at 5:54 PM||comments (0)|
Let me tell you that there's no better feeling than being highly recommended by a previous client.
These homeowners are just awesome people. They really are. We ended up doing sooo much for them on this blog we're covering just the concrete slab.
We demo'd the deck with plans to build a 16'x20' concrete slab
Our lead, Armando, as always committed to doing a great job.
Here we are doing the prep work in order to set up the proper concrete forming frame.
Forming is almost complete and believe it;s a lot of work in itself.
It's really a process. Maybe not complex per se, but it's not something as easy as 1-2-3 either.
And here's what proper forming looks likes. You have your wood framing and support. Everything is leveled along with the welded mesh wiring.
The day we started pouring concrete the clouds started pouring rain.
Here;s our man Erik doing his thing making all this concrete look pretty.
Just this last corner and we're done...
Yup, it's pretty cool to see this process end up as nice as it does.
This was like a 10" concrete slab. We poured ready mix concrete with fiber mesh in the mix itself.
The welded mesh and fiber mesh all help the concrete stay strong and not crack.
Yes, we built this beautiful deck, & roof AND we replaced all the siding, 45 windows & painted.
|Posted on November 6, 2017 at 6:21 AM||comments (0)|
This particular project is a lot more than just a concrete slab. However, this time I wanted to showcase more of this phase to help you better understand the process involved.
The big project is an AZEK PVC new deck. The existing deck will be replaced with AZEK PVC "porch" decking and the rails are Fortress aluminum railis. Visit azek.com or contact us for more info. It's a create product with a 30 warranty.
Here's the concrete part of the project. It's hard to tell in this pic but there's a lot of slope which untilmately ends up in a 10" thick slab.
Lot's of shoveling and moving of water drain pipes.
Bam! Is that not a lot of dirt from an unsuspecting 16x21' area.?
In this pic you also see the "forming" - the 2x8's, stakes etc needed to ensure the slab takes the shape we want it to.
The "trench" you see will be for the 6x6 posts that will support the new deck...aka "footings." Footings have to be at least 12" deep or until we hit hard/virgin soil.
We have to transport every bit of concrete in this ready-mix truck to the back yard.
This time we rented a concrete "scoot" buggy that carries twice as much concrete than a wheel barrow and spares much back pain.
Prior to pouring and after we "formed" we also installed sheared welded steel wire remesh sheets to further enhance the slab's strength and prevent cracking.
This is our new best friend...the Wacker Neuson concrete vibrator. When concrete is poured it's likely to have 100's or 1000's of air bubbles that can substantially weaken the dry slab.
Concrete vibrators will eliminate air bubbles by vigorously shaking the freshly poured concrete with this mechanical vibrator.
This equipment allows us to leave a much better product for our clients.
Here she lays...
and after she decided to firm up some we resumed our work -- here' we are leaving what's called a "broom" finish. As opposed to a smooth slippery finish a broom finish leaves a safer walk-able yet nice surface top.
After about a week of let this thick slab cure, watering it down in the evening to prevent cracks during the curing process and rain we came back to the job site to build the deck.
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|Posted on January 18, 2017 at 7:36 AM||comments (99)|
We love referral business and this one is one of them. As you scroll down you'll see where we took this 20x12 deck that was too narrow for the clients to ever really enjoy the outdoors.
The rendering is what you''ll see at the bottom. :)
After demo-ing the back deck we started with a new foundation.
The foundation was about 17x16 SF...
The initial framing to get things going....
Let's see...what do we have here. Our lead, Armando, game planning.
This job had a lot of detail so we pulled out the rendering to help us all make this happen. We purchase our materials from PMC Building Supplies
It's now starting to take shape.
Notice the shed roof? Blends right in with the house.
Here's the beautiful TimberTech Composite decking - we're installling the Tigerwood decking from their Legacy Collection....nice
One of our norms, tongue & groove ceilings with rough sawn cedar beams... we seem to do this a lot.
More beautiful TimeberTech Compaosite Decking - Tigerwood is the main decking, Mocha is the border decking....
Here you can see them both better. 25 year warranty - no staining, cracking....low low maintenance
Installed the ceiling fan and about 4 outlets...
Here she sits...3-season 2nd level deck with a nook for the bbq grill.
A finished look....
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|Posted on June 3, 2015 at 5:16 PM||comments (0)|
We did several things for these homeowners, concrete was one of them.
The basement had been converted to a bedroom but the slab was never leveled-up.
The garage being the new master needed plumbing and then new concrete.
Nice big house had a miniscule brick step. The homeowners made a good decision by enhancing the front entrance.
Another good decision by the homeowners was to add a sidewalk from the detached garage to the back entrance.