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Outdoor Concrete Bar Guru

  • Listed: March 19, 2019 2:45 am


It is important to make sure that the bolts in the 3 slabs will align with the support wall. I then measured and drilled holes that the bolts can fit through. I then wired the pieces of rebar into frames that will serve as reinforcement for the slabs. Adjust the nuts so that the bolts head will go about halfway into the slabs. I then shoveled it into the molds until they were 3/4s full.The rebar will settle deeper in the concrete as you work the surface above it.

I covered the concrete with some boards and a sheet to make sure that nothing touched the wet concrete. I tilted up the side slabs with the frames loosely bolted in place and then screwed the frames to the baseplate 2×4. Drill holes through the top plate and the top of the frames that align with the bolts in the top slab. The slab is very heavy so be careful about smashing fingers between the slabs. I cut, sanded, and stained the fence boards before screwing them onto the support wall.

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I cut the 3 ½” wide strips of melamine board to use as the sides of the molds. It is important that the 2 side slabs are the exact same size and that all 3 slabs are the same width so take care when assembling the molds. I used silicone caulk to seal the edges and corners of the mold from the inside. This bar is made from 3 concrete slabs that bolted to support wall made out of 2x4s. I started with 100 grit paper to round down the edges and then finished with 220 grit.

You only get one shot at casting the bolts into the slab. I cut extra pieces of the melamine board into strips that are the same width as the molds. The frame should be about 3-5 inches from the perimeter of the molds. Insert the bolts through the holes in the supports and use washers and bolts to keep them from sliding through. I placed the rebar frames onto the wet concrete and then filled the molds to the top. Use the hoe to push down the concrete as you fill the molds.

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I used a straight scrap board to screed the top of the concrete. I let the concrete set about 30 minutes and then used a metal float to work the cream to the surface. I used a garden hose to keep the concrete moist over a 72-hour period. I used to 3” deck screws to connect 2x4s into 2 rectangular frames. I aligned the rectangular frames and marked the locations of the bolts. I cut 2 pieces of 2×4 to serve as base and top plates for the support wall. I recommend using at least 4 strong people to lift the slab into place and guide the bolts through the holes in the support wall. Once the top slab is in place and properly adjusted and aligned you can tighten all the nuts to secure the slabs to the support wall. If you do this with circular saw clamp a straight edge to the board to serve as a guide. I used short pieces of 2×3 as supports and screwed the laminate boards to them. I checked to make sure the corners molds are at perfect right angles with a large speed square. I lay down a bead of caulk and then smooth it with my finger.

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New standards are in place such as installing better windows or hurricane ties. If you continue to use this site you are giving us your consent. However to me these are just band-aids on the greater problem of building correctly in the first place.

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