Tuesday, August 15, 2006

5000 lbs of sand

2 1/2 tons of sand. That is what the sand delivery guys had to bring
to fill in a 3 foot by 3 foot by 6 foot hole in the garage floor that we
procrastinated fixing since we moved in 7 years ago. 5000 lbs of
sand. In that little hole. Seems like magic. We still have no idea why
the hole is there, or what anyone did with it. It had boards layed
over the top of it, but we always worried that one of the cars would
fall in it. Sand seemed a better solution than plugging the hole with
a 30th Edition Limited Subaru Outback.

Now we get to tackle concrete for over the top of the sand. Never
done concrete before, and am not really sure how you do it.
Hopefully you can get bags of it, and just add water or something.
Home ownership makes you willing to do all kinds of crazy things
you've never done before.

I can now scrape, paint, plaster, put up sheetrock, wallpaper,
reglaze a window, put in molding, tile, hang doors, put up
blinds, replace toilets, put in new light fixtures, and a variety of
other things I didn't have a clue how to do. You just figure it out and
do it. However I still just take my car to the car dealer if anything
is wrong. There are limits to this renaissance woman thing.

For those in Minneapolis, our new Channel Surfing Wipeout
T.V. show, episode #6 is playing on public access T.V later
this month. I posted the schedule on San Biki Saru's webpage.
It is the same stuff as the web show, only edited into a half hour
format. We have no idea if anyone watches it, but they like it
at the station and gave us mostly prime time slots this time!


Anonymous said...

Making concrete is just that easy. Take the bag of quickrete and mix water in it. I recommend renting a cement mixer as it saves LOTS of time and LOTS of energy.

Get the concrete to the right consistancy and pour it over the surface you want to refinish. Smooth it out but make sure you write your name in it as nothing is as fun as writing your name in concrete.

Susan Grandys said...

Thanks Paul V.!
A really good point about renting a mixer. We have a rental place down the street. A guy at work said he had problems with quickrete cracking when used over a larger area. Since it is 3 feet by 6 feet, I am worried it might crack, and was wondering if there were bags of "stronger" cement mix. Or if you have to put breathing room in, like on a sidewalk?

Anonymous said...

Hey Sue
You live in a particularly hard area to use concrete. Concrete is very strong in compression but very brittle. In Minn, (I assume you know this) there is a "more than normal" temerature swing from summer to winter and the concrete expands and contracts with the seasons, but becuase a large slab of concrete won't bend, it cracks.

You can put spacers in and that will elivate much of the problem. I would recommend making the slab 4 smaller slabs and that should prevent such cracking.

If you get a "stronger" form of concrete, it won't be any less brittle and most likely more so which will compound the problem. Either way, spacers might be needed.

I would also recommend you seal it after it's cured. You don't want water getting in which will destroy it.

Dealing with concrete is a bunch of work, but is really fun. A mixer helps tremendously.