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12 minutes ago, Green Eyed Monsty said:

Actually, cement cures best when it is kept wet.  As long as you can keep the are where the cement work is to be done from flooding you shouldn't have any problems.

The process of cement hardening is a curing process not a drying process.  If you put your hand near a freshly poured concrete slab, as in four to twelve hours after the pour, you will quickly discover that the process of curing is generating substantial amounts of heat.

GEM

Addendum:  For really large concrete pours they will install small diameter piping through which cool water is circulated to slow the rate of curing.  This helps to prevent cracking as in a large pour the amount of heat generated in the center of the thicker sections can actually cause the concrete to crack while it cures.

The Hoover Dam was one of the early applications of this technique.  They built cooling towers with pumping equipment to circulate cooled water through each successive section of the concrete pour.  With the high desert temperatures it was absolutely necessary to provide additional cooling for an extended period of time to the core of the concrete as each successive section was poured.

GEM

 

It's the flooding I'm worried about; when it rains around here, it really doesn't kid around. 

Few days of cool and damp, maybe some misting at night, then.. BLOOSH. Almost solid rain for a day or two. Soggy chickens for days, even if they stay under the coop, glaring at me... I don't mind, but they don't like to be wet. 

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@Sylverthorne some friends of mine who have chickens use corrugated fiberglass sheeting for their coop roofs. Weatherproof and the lighter colored stuff allows some extra light during the day.

50 minutes ago, Kuroneko said:

Saw this whilst shopping recently- glitter booze! It's so pretty! :wub:

 

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Keep this stuff away fro @Chaoswolf and @Glitterwolf, there is no telling what kind of mischief they would get into!

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20 minutes ago, Sylverthorne said:

 

It's the flooding I'm worried about; when it rains around here, it really doesn't kid around. 

Few days of cool and damp, maybe some misting at night, then.. BLOOSH. Almost solid rain for a day or two. Soggy chickens for days, even if they stay under the coop, glaring at me... I don't mind, but they don't like to be wet. 

If they do yours the way they did ours they will install the casing and then just pour enough concrete around the top of the casing pipe to hold the pipe vertical and stationary.  They won't run cement down the entire length of the casing.

The "plug" will go just deep enough to support the pipe so any water that goes into the shaft will just go all the way to the bottom or whatever point there is enough material packed around the casing to prevent further descent.

For our job it looks like they did about two portable mixer loads for the entire work.

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11 minutes ago, Green Eyed Monsty said:

If they do yours the way they did ours they will install the casing and then just pour enough concrete around the top of the casing pipe to hold the pipe vertical and stationary.  They won't run cement down the entire length of the casing.

The "plug" will go just deep enough to support the pipe so any water that goes into the shaft will just go all the way to the bottom or whatever point there is enough material packed around the casing to prevent further descent.

For our job it looks like they did about two portable mixer loads for the entire work.

GEM

 

Hopefully, that'll be true. I'm afraid they might end up having to pour a pad (unlikely for the pump, from what I'm hearing, although the old one did need a pad...). 

I admit to being curious what's going to come out of all this; it's not something I have any experience with. 

 

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1 hour ago, Sylverthorne said:

 

Hopefully, that'll be true. I'm afraid they might end up having to pour a pad (unlikely for the pump, from what I'm hearing, although the old one did need a pad...). 

I admit to being curious what's going to come out of all this; it's not something I have any experience with. 

 

For our well the pump is at the bottom and we have some interesting boxes of electronics and plumbing hung on the wall of the "pump house", occupying a space about 4 ft wide and 3 ft high and 18 inches deep.  Whole system runs off of a single 30 amp breaker.  Water pressure is set for 60 psi and we haven't had any low pressure incidents since the day the system was turned on.

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2 hours ago, PaganMegan said:

So, Grump talked me into letting BD have her pirate Halloween costume for her birthday.

 

Today she wanted to wear it to kindergarten.

 

The least surprising thing in the history of completely unsurprising things. :lol:

 

There was also Talk Like A Pirate Day. ::):

 

The Auld Grump

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6 hours ago, Corsair said:

@Sylverthorne some friends of mine who have chickens use corrugated fiberglass sheeting for their coop roofs. Weatherproof and the lighter colored stuff allows some extra light during the day.

Keep this stuff away fro @Chaoswolf and @Glitterwolf, there is no telling what kind of mischief they would get into!

 

I would never do such a thing and I can proof it!

 

Behold exhibit A!

 

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Ugh, overslept... that's one thing for What Happened Wednesday, but here's some others for September 22nd:

  • 1948 – Gail Halvorsen officially started parachuting candy to children as part of the Berlin Airlift.

  • 1979 – A bright flash, resembling the detonation of a nuclear weapon, was observed near the Prince Edward Islands. Its cause was never determined.

  • 1991 – The Dead Sea Scrolls were made available to the public for the first time.

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