Saw Nicole's show tonite and just have one comment. I noticed the 6-7" concrete driveway poured on the show had no rebar or metal mesh. In Minnesota, wouldn't you have wanted to use rebar/mesh to prevent possible cracking. In Minnesota, there are 2 types of concrete - Concrete that has cracked and concrete that will eventually crack!!!!
Jan 18, 2013, 10:27 AM
Didn't see the show, but they could have mixed in fiberglass reinforcement to the concrete at the plant.
All concrete will crack, that is why they either strike joints when finishing it or cut lines into it after it starts to cure. The struck joints and cuts are to force the cracks into a straight line that won't be noticed.
Any advice given here is general in nature and is not necessarily valid for your given area. If in doubt check with your local codes enforcement department for what is required when doing electrical, plumbing or structural work on your house. Permits may or may not be required in your area and home owners may not be able to DIY some tasks. I have no way of knowing if you have the skills needed to complete the tasks you are asking about, when in doubt seek professional assistance.
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Jan 18, 2013, 12:05 PM
I have seen reinforcement in the concrete before on this show. I expect the editors fooled you.
doesn't matter where your pour concrete, it has to be reinforced with steel. it also needs to have the evaporation controlled with spray or plastic. concrete "hardens" chemically by locking up water with the cement. if there isn't water availiable for this, you have crumbly crud instead of concrete.This message has been edited. Last edited by: swschrad,
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