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Old 02-02-2012, 08:35 PM   #91
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Looks awesome. Good job.

What happens with expansion and contraction? Do the counter tops crack like a driveway or patio?

How much do you think it weighs? I know you are all set for the weight but curious.

That color looks good will it change as it cures?
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Old 02-03-2012, 06:33 AM   #92
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Looks awesome. Good job.

What happens with expansion and contraction? Do the counter tops crack like a driveway or patio?

How much do you think it weighs? I know you are all set for the weight but curious.

That color looks good will it change as it cures?
Hopefully won't crack, if it does, fill it with acrylic slurry.
9- 80 lb bags of concrete, 4 - ten ft sections of rebar, one and a half sheets of 3/8 plywood, one 4 x 8 section of rewire.
I figure about 850 lbs.
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Old 02-03-2012, 06:36 AM   #93
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Good things to think about though!
Good job it looks great, credit goes to the man in the arena.

I'm still not sold on the "underlayment" but different strokes for different folks. Wouldn't the sheeting separate from the concrete (moisture, etc.). I'm sure this doesn't matter since it's in a house, but IMO it would be better to pour separate, THEN attach it to the frame.
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Old 02-03-2012, 09:44 AM   #94
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I'm still not sold on the "underlayment" but different strokes for different folks. Wouldn't the sheeting separate from the concrete (moisture, etc.)
I'm betting on the 720 lbs of conctrete holding it down . The underlayment was sealed with two coats of polyurethane,as it was used as my temporary countertop for the last four months. The edges of the concrete are over the edges of plywood, hiding the plywood and essentialy locking it in place!
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Old 02-03-2012, 01:33 PM   #95
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Awesome job! I'll help out with some of the pics.







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Old 02-03-2012, 01:34 PM   #96
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Old 02-03-2012, 08:27 PM   #97
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Wow, very cool project!!!
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Old 02-04-2012, 04:50 AM   #98
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Great project. Thanks for taking the time to post the pics.
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Old 02-04-2012, 08:43 AM   #99
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Looks awesome. Good job.

What happens with expansion and contraction? Do the counter tops crack like a driveway or patio?

How much do you think it weighs? I know you are all set for the weight but curious.

That color looks good will it change as it cures?
Regarding expansion and cracking, the characteristics of the concrete mix used for concrete countertops combined with the reinforcing materials are supposed to keep it from cracking. Also, if you can cast it in multiple pieces, there's a lot less chance of cracking than if you cast one giant piece. And, of course, it's easier to move around as well! Some folks try to hide the seams and make them as inconspicuous as possible, other people use them as a design element. It's really all about creativity. You can really do some awesome stuff if you're creative. Unfortunately, I'm not, so mine are pretty plain-jane.
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Old 02-05-2012, 01:17 PM   #100
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All done!
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Old 02-05-2012, 01:44 PM   #102
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That's really awesome! Can't wait to do my own!

Where did you get the aggregate? (I found a place that sells glow in the dark aggregate)
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Old 02-05-2012, 02:15 PM   #103
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Awesome work, Skinner. That came out beautifully.
My cousin used to have a concrete business. He was featured in an article on concrete countertops in Fine Homebuilding Magazine, August/Sept 1999. Concrete Countertops
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Old 02-05-2012, 06:04 PM   #104
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That's really awesome! Can't wait to do my own!

Where did you get the aggregate? (I found a place that sells glow in the dark aggregate)
Got most f everything from cheng designs
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