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Barrel-Race7,174791630
TuesdayHouston, TX

Cobbler-Mountain-Hom...46100
MondayAlexandria, VA

Vilano-Beach--Water-...21,261391170
4/5/2014Saint Augustine, FL

HudsonHouse7,056300
4/2/2014Omaha, NE

Tanglewood87,0557862,22242
3/24/2014Colorado Springs, CO

697MarlinAustinArea1,23918910
3/15/2014Austin/McDade, TX

1860s-Texas-rehabnew...43,217441910
3/14/2014Boerne, TX

Bladenkirk569640
3/13/2014White Oak, NC

P-Wade-Crocker462100
3/12/2014Spring, TX

Shana540200
3/11/2014Chaffee, MO

OwensNewHome60,1211033810
2/2/2014Chandler, AZ

Du-Lock-Lane1,341200
2/1/2014Houston, TX

Family-Affair10,656440
1/31/2014Saint Petersburg, FL

TheCastle10,031270
1/23/2014Cheshire, CT

The-Last-Rodeo9,72627100
1/14/2014Angel Fire, NM

TheHoskensProject58,6311504333
12/31/2013Dome-ville, central, FL

NorthPoleHome30,315341330
12/29/2013North Pole, AK

navarre-village-buil...1,220100
12/26/2013Gulf Breeze, FL

Seven-Peaks-Faswall-...34,913483181
11/18/2013Graeagle, CA

The-Dailey-Project1,811100
10/27/2013Pompano Beach, FL

Beaver-Creek-Ranch30,367213210
10/15/2013Hayfork, CA

The-Cortes-Adventure17,729520
10/14/2013Snowflake, AZ

jeff3,922300
8/29/2013Jackson, MO

Miami-FL-country-hom...5,421320
7/30/2013Miami, FL

Brevard-County--Pt-S...2,595100
7/17/2013Rockledge, FL

Dream-Build-Austin-T...4,206300
4/17/2013Austin, TX

Eschete-Dome22,47430530
12/24/2012Lafayette, LA

ChapelHillNCBob5,608110
10/23/2012Chapel Hill, NC

The-Skimino-Bluff7,0303130
10/13/2012Williamsburg, VA

Octagon-in-Glencoe-C...48,901144110
10/8/2012Glencoe , CA

nateshomemtpeakview4,714100
9/29/2012

sherman20,123221560
9/27/2012Downers Grove, IL

Omaha9,240380
9/13/2012Omaha, NE

Holy-Hill-House16,57035530
8/27/2012Richfield, WI

Omega-CEO5,684110
8/13/2012Manassas, VA

JayHouse10,3797190
6/22/2012Sebastopol, CA

30233,47723770
5/20/2012Belfair, WA

SunburnStateHome6,357110
3/6/2012Charlotte County, FL

VICTOR-MONTANA8,158110
2/22/2012Victor, MT

Houston-720125966,839100
1/21/2012Houston, TX

Workshop15,648630
1/8/2012Florissant, CO

Our-simple-home11,874223080
12/5/2011LaPorte, IN

ICF-Construction19,464500
11/11/2011Elkridge, MD

Little-Help-from-my-...12,33411150
11/4/2011Rockwall, TX

YaNYca14,053810
10/29/2011Boston, MA

The-Man-Refuge10,896310
10/19/2011San Antonio, TX

mckernanmc11,200320
10/6/2011Amite, LA

Large-Family-Compoun...7,486200
9/23/2011Covington, GA

Woodchuck-Ridge10,360480
9/12/2011Akron, OH

Forever-Home-Sweet-H...21,04134310
8/24/2011Issaquah, WA

Clarksville-MD9,130200
8/22/2011Eldersburg, MD

steve-n-carolyn16,3784140
8/21/2011Sun City, CA

Old-York8,224200
7/27/2011Bridgewater, NJ

Carriage-House17,15120282
7/24/2011Ft. Collins, CO

DomeSweetDome22,41518291
6/4/2011Suffolk, VA

Goodpasture24,300562880
5/28/2011Westminster, CO

Marks-Log-Cabin13,979392210
5/12/2011Altoona, PA

Bill21,249100
5/4/2011Tucson, AZ

Mueller-Dream-Home8,852100
4/15/2011

Oklahoma-Steel10,802650
4/13/2011Minco, OK

DutchG8,470200
4/5/2011

HiddenInOhio10,3829130
4/1/2011Elyria, OH

MagnoliaHouse8,921100
3/29/2011Houston, TX

Buffaloader13,799200
1/11/2011Valley Center, KS

SouthernEcoHome27,93020210
1/9/2011Blacksburg, VA

Austrian-Chalet14,218780
1/2/2011Twin Lakes, CO

Vista-Ridge13,24921660
12/21/2010Swanton, OH

OurFarmstead28,551601890
12/10/2010Pennsylvania

AirparkHome-Remodel29,71822460
11/8/2010Hillsboro, OR

Holloway10,924200
11/7/2010Petersburg, VA

Building-Our-Lakefro...9,806110
11/5/2010Piscataway, NJ

SunburyGalena-Build9,073100
11/3/2010Galena, OH

BUILDING-OUR-GREEN-D...9,924800
11/2/2010Pattison, TX

RR-Homestead24,07031740
10/26/2010Janesville, CA

Casa-Paradiso-Vieque...9,883200
10/19/2010Chelsea, MA

Millerbuild11,1455110
10/1/2010Carstairs, AB

Delisledigs11,564300
9/16/2010Jacksonville, FL

h20dave11,395430
9/10/2010Waterloo, AL

Mountain-Idyl11,140900
9/9/2010Asheville, NC

High-over-Lake-Granb...14,63012230
9/8/2010Granbury, TX

Homestead36,02264850
9/8/2010Smithville, MO

philandjan13,003100
9/2/2010

Commons10,224200
8/21/2010Atascocita, TX

Our-First-OB-home10,618300
7/27/2010Gardner, KS

Louisiana-Mediterran...20,170311870
7/21/2010Sunset, LA

Crows-Nest9,893100
7/20/2010

Patterson-Project10,456400
7/16/2010John's Island, SC

Hidden-Meadow-Home12,5012100
7/13/2010Murrieta, CA

New-house-in-Selah-W...10,259140
7/4/2010Belfair, WA

Arnold-CA-Alpine-cha...20,98922100
7/2/2010Arnold, CA

Working-Wilton39,965343010
6/16/2010Wilton, NH

JJ-Residence9,670100
6/7/2010San Antonio, TX

Thompson-Valley-Home10,874330
6/6/2010Monticello, FL

Naperville-Webster-S...26,4592360
5/21/2010Naperville, IL

Gary--Suzi11,122100
5/7/2010

crystal-falls-home28,92320270
5/5/2010Cedar Park, TX

Kapoho-Retirement-Ho...10,949130
5/4/2010Santa Ana, CA

NC--New-Construction10,544100
5/3/2010

Collins-on-Cobblesto...11,54321910
4/30/2010Waynesville, NC

Dwight--Colleen-Hart...11,955130
4/30/2010Vaughn, WA

Riley32,91432950
4/29/2010Cave Creek, AZ

The-New-Ries-Homeste...14,95419980
4/21/2010Polk/Richfield/Erin/Hartford, WI

The-Season9,588130
4/10/2010Mount Airy, NC

The-Naas-Place10,096200
3/30/2010Pittsburg, CA

Phil-and-Lauras-home13,146400
3/20/2010Tulsa, OK

Southport-NC-Home17,617201281
3/18/2010Southport, NC

Loris25,092110
3/11/2010

Seaton-Station10,292140
3/10/2010Siloam Springs, AR

Backwoods-Project14,357390
3/4/2010Jeffersonville, GA

ICF-in-Ann-Arbor26,290293710
1/25/2010Dexter, MI

DancingPines11,038200
1/25/2010Clinton, LA

Log-Cabin10,641150
1/23/2010indianapolis, IN

The-Kinzel-House10,046100
1/21/2010New Orleans, LA

PahrumpProject17,1175390
1/17/2010Spokane, WA

TheBeachHouse14,68913200
1/16/2010Shoreline, WA

Artist-Haven-Home15,010970
1/13/2010Kansas City, MO

SOPHIA--SAMUELDELAWA...17,48311310
12/2/2009Smyrna, DE

Plant-City-Craftsman16,8904100
11/22/2009Plant City, FL

WestermanFarm11,503130
11/10/2009Dickson, TN

Shane22,594600
10/31/2009San Antonio, TX

ADCountryHome12,9191130
10/31/2009Fort Worth, TX

ICF-Keller-Tx51,279321220
10/6/2009Roanoke, TX

digs24,320100
9/30/2009Tracy City, TN

threegables21,474201340
9/29/2009Hartland, WI

LittleLakeCorner73,0541016040
9/29/2009Groveland, FL

Utah-Casa11,647200
9/28/2009Saratoga Springs, UT

Tornado-Reconstructi...11,094800
9/24/2009Port Neches, TX

toolehouse50,391891450
9/20/2009Reno, NV

Bobs-Blog53,072614140
9/16/2009New Florence, PA

Blessings10,252100
9/11/2009farmville, NC

Schrammelot16,0527900
9/11/2009Pierson, FL

PennsmithLostValleyT...35,948552150
9/9/2009Dripping Springs, TX

River-House10,691220
9/7/2009Clinton, NJ

SantaFe-in-AJ10,442100
8/28/2009Apache Junction, AZ

Dennis-Dream-Home30,147385050
8/27/2009Readington Twp, NJ

Massive-Undertaking11,5971100
8/26/2009Wimauma, FL

Lafayette10,351200
8/11/2009Cramerton, NC

Dream-site-on-the-La...11,135200
8/5/2009La Porte, TX

Williams-New-Home-Si...10,397110
8/2/2009Windsor, NC

Cobblestone-Lane10,477100
7/30/2009Great Falls, MT

PensacolaBeachHouse10,278110
6/22/2009Gulf Breeze, FL

12YEARSINTHEPLANNING10,933120
6/16/2009LADSON, SC

Steinys-Hideaway10,900200
6/9/2009Venice, CA

DreamHome29,554261900
6/7/2009Orlando, FL

CastleHeims20,81821590
6/5/2009Cedar Rapids, IA

Utah-Warehouse10,158220
5/20/2009Fairview, UT

Where-to-start12,496610
5/16/2009Lemoore, CA

Castle-Rock-Lakehous...16,41210840
4/27/2009Necedah, WI

Oleg26,076360
4/22/2009San Diego, CA

MoeCompound10,322340
4/9/2009Camano Island, WA

Huckleberry-Home10,390200
4/8/2009Williamstown, NJ

Vonk24,340100
4/7/2009Zeeland, MI

Small-Timber-Frame14,740110
4/2/2009Central Mass, MA

EatonLoch-Haven11,181110
4/1/2009Roanoke, VA

windowsnsiding10,250110
3/28/2009Long Island, NY

Arkansas-First-Timer25,96839880
3/27/2009Trumann, AR

Back-Home-In-Crisp12,474111510
3/22/2009Ennis, TX

Victor--Susan-0820,394211210
3/17/2009Ruckersville, VA

Rick-and-Tinas-dream...11,714120
3/14/2009Auburndale, FL

Keener-Road13,1094100
3/11/2009Elizabethtown, PA

NC-Newbie11,017100
3/10/2009Boone, NC

MadisonGA11,2241130
2/26/2009Madison, GA

Techbuilt-Scammed12,671100
2/25/2009Rebew, LA

choanne83110,270100
2/9/2009charlotte, NC

WilliamsinVegas34,080301190
1/29/2009Henderson, NV

PhilesBryant12,118260
1/20/2009graham, WA

MortgageSmart10,488100
1/19/2009Cocoa, FL

QuarterlyHouse58,034136990
1/12/2009Orlando, FL

RabbitRun19,839311690
1/11/2009Afton, VA

Sonave-Sunsets10,588120
1/9/2009Yucca, AZ

Heart-of-PA16,1999160
1/6/2009Lewistown, PA

Krusehome11,666200
12/27/2008Lake City, FL

BrunkHouseAlmaKansas15,686260
12/26/2008Garden Grove, CA

Raider-Bills-Tenn-Ho...14,6966320
12/22/2008Largo, FL

Andel-Ranch28,376334020
12/17/2008Rogers, TX

Elijahs-Home11,851460
12/6/2008Vero Beach, FL

ranch-house10,490100
11/25/2008springfield, IL

Howard-Georgia-Retir...16,139670
11/9/2008Harlem, GA

The-Woods-Journal11,362110
11/6/2008Doraville, GA

StansTLH16,1051090
11/1/2008Tehachapi, CA

Kevin--Kerrys-Dream11,631350
10/17/2008Northvale, NJ

Katabatic-Wind12,235470
10/16/2008Huntsville, AL

Elmhurst-Modern13,684120
10/14/2008elmhurst, IL

Accessible-House11,6633100
10/14/2008Munford, TN

Cherry-Valley-Vista10,716120
10/5/2008Duvall, WA

Jon-and-Mollys-House18,344150
9/25/2008Ellicott City, MD

Proctor-ICF11,794110
9/25/2008Fredericksburg, VA

Hawaiian-Bungalo18,129111020
9/23/2008Holualoa, HI

Pete--Rhiannon12,793430
9/19/2008Springfield, MO

2008-Cedar-Ln17,63414350
9/19/2008Seaville, NJ

dmaceld20,84214880
9/16/2008Nampa, ID

Help-with-Goulds-and...12,960100
9/16/2008tampa, FL

Consulting10,359100
9/2/2008Orlando, FL

AlaskaICFREMOTEHouse16,80919380
8/17/2008Wasilla, AK

NC-Pond-House11,826320
8/4/2008Wilmington, NC

MargaritaVilla11,445240
8/4/2008Raleigh, NC

Latest-update12,7278100
8/4/2008Sierra Vista, AZ

ANDREA11,331400
8/2/2008Dallas, TX

The-Ridges14,10611130
7/31/2008Logan, UT

Avenida-Del-Sol15,23213520
7/31/2008Peoria, AZ

dream-home-ohio11,384600
7/30/2008Zanesville, OH

Penetang-Craftsman11,023360
7/27/2008Penetanguishene, ON

Tristan--11,470600
7/25/2008Lebanon, NJ

Dreamy-Design-in-Glo...16,780100
7/9/2008Clifton, VA

need-help-Jim11,953110
7/8/2008Bandon, OR

deltona-fl-custom-ho...12,5484140
7/6/2008Deltona Beach, FL

Ingraham-House-Chape...11,797200
6/29/2008Cary, NC

famborgie10,705100
6/26/2008Lockhart, TX

95821-Addition21,9717140
6/24/2008Sacramento, CA

Cajun-Homestead19,12212930
6/22/2008Lafayette, LA

West-Texas-Ranch-Hou...12,911110
6/18/2008Andrews, TX

Quail-Bluff-Pasco12,7159290
6/10/2008Pasco, WA

Spyders-Web10,620100
6/10/2008Norman, OK

mike-and-tori-darnle...13,162510
6/2/2008Rainbow, CA

Lin-Washington10,646100
5/29/2008Fresno, CA

Capernall-House11,495420
5/15/2008Belleville, MI

Hidden-Valley-Texas10,786100
5/7/2008Southlake, TX

cosdreamhome41,463731470
5/5/2008Colorado Springs, CO

Sowle-Family-House13,287590
4/29/2008South Burlington, VT

Cyberdoc-Residence11,002200
4/25/2008San Diego, CA

Fortune-House11,016100
4/17/2008Mooresville, NC

Joeb28,891400
4/15/2008Oakland, FL

Alvin-House11,269200
4/14/2008LaPorte, TX

Thomas-Home--Raintre...21,328271800
4/9/2008Lee's Summit, MO

Greg--Kathys-New-Hou...12,258200
4/3/2008Barryton, MI

Where-is-Waldo28,39044830
4/2/2008Marion, OH

Nimmerrichters-Fores...10,109100
4/2/2008Waldorf, MD

Mayfield-House10,723100
3/31/2008Mayfield, UT

beamanhouse10,790100
3/27/2008Manistique, MI

Kanak-ICF--Virginia15,550900
3/26/2008Fredericksburg, VA

Sheldon-St15,402300
3/21/2008Orlando, FL

Bert-26,033310
3/20/2008Southern, CA

Our-Ohio-ICF-home22,06720270
3/20/2008Mansfield, OH

ericdc11,261310
3/8/2008Uniontown, PA

EurekaHouse-ICF15,1515150
3/6/2008Berkeley, CA

Superstition-Views15,464281600
3/6/2008Mesa, AZ

Blue-Springs-Project12,9498230
2/24/2008Broken Arrow, OK

Our-House10,616100
2/24/2008Miami, FL

httpownerbuilderbook...13,371830
2/19/2008Clayton, NY

JourneyBackHome10,452100
2/3/2008Oviedo, FL

Collier-Home12,913110
2/1/2008Little Rock, AR

DDs-ICF12,466330
1/27/2008New Smyrna Bch, FL

EurekaMT-Timberframe12,0761430
1/24/2008Augusta, MI

The-Larnerd-House13,5635210
1/21/2008Newport News, VA

Casa-Bella11,397100
1/14/2008Pueblo West, CO

Gordon-Lake-House15,42717510
1/3/2008Oakland, IA

STEPHANIES-DREAM12,60117570
12/30/2007Lower Burrell, PA

Florida-Waterfront-C...15,009310
12/29/2007PB, FL

6158-in-Montgomery-T...11,345410
12/23/2007Conroe, TX

ClearwaterHills13,766260
12/14/2007Paradise Valley, AZ

BobDonna10,037100
12/12/2007Sacramento, CA

AboveTheAppleTree10,011100
12/8/2007La Farge, WI

Casa-Nostra12,273230
12/2/2007Bangor, PA

Building-the-Dream-i...13,819700
11/29/2007Gladstone, OR

Ingram-Fleming-ICF-H...16,438480
11/29/2007Plant City, FL

inniagara9,509100
11/24/2007Niagara Falls, ON

SchnabelEstate10,637240
11/16/2007Avon, IN

WeAreBuildingAgain21,49427560
11/15/2007Orlando, FL

Lake-Pleasant10,597210
11/14/2007Erie, PA

Green-for-Dean10,605100
11/10/2007San Jose, CA

The-Ponderosa12,3848220
11/4/2007Perry, OK

FlagholeRoad10,677260
10/25/2007Franklin, NH

Beckynray11,841300
10/24/2007Powhatan, VA

Spicewood-TX12,324330
10/20/2007Austin, TX

Powderhorn24,240481760
10/4/2007Florida

Luray-VA-1stTimeBuil...14,904730
10/4/2007Luray, VA

kittyfhughesnet10,385250
9/27/2007Noblesville, IN

Scott-Family10,963100
9/25/2007Trinity, AL

Taking-the-Plunge13,4636180
9/18/2007Springfield, OH

RozBuildingAdventure10,834100
9/14/2007San Pablo, CA

Helpful-Tips11,936200
9/13/2007Encinitas, CA

Poplar-Creek-Farm13,8945250
9/10/2007Oakland Park, FL

TheWillemsHome21,6141750
9/10/2007Galloway Township, NJ

ComfortHome11,410200
8/30/2007Dublin, OH

10000-sq-feet36,40422260
8/26/2007La Habra Heights, CA

Bird-house12,5423400
8/22/2007Ithaca, NY

Circle-S_ICF_House35,877462640
8/21/2007Sparta, IL

New-England-Saltbox10,812100
8/16/2007Columbia, SC

RamblewoodatJeterFar...11,6306330
8/10/2007Kansas City, MO

Kraemer-Collinwood-H...11,233200
7/21/2007Delano, MN

BigOakBuilderTX14,857270
7/20/2007Wharton, TX

Johnson-Family-Dream11,074100
7/20/2007Normal, IL

19225-ROBERTSON-ST17,77414250
7/12/2007Orlando, FL

Thattle-Dew-Farm11,032220
7/12/2007Halls Harbour, NS

WindyJ15,00811260
7/2/2007Knoxville, TN

Vistoso-Green-Home12,328310
6/28/2007Tucson, AZ

Lewis-Chapel-House16,544200
6/25/2007Dunlap, TN

father-daughter10,577200
6/25/2007Loveland, CO

davewhite11,562100
6/24/2007Nanaimo, BC

NutmegWedgefieldOrla...12,546600
6/22/2007Orlando, FL

4600SF-Dream-Home-in...14,633410
6/19/2007Mooresville, NC

Coeur-dAlene-Idaho-H...12,412240
6/13/2007Coeur d Alene, ID

Tampa-Bay14,001490
6/10/2007Ruskin, FL

Dream-In-Progress14,436540
6/7/2007Shawnee, KS

todd-in-tullahoma10,946100
6/4/2007tullahoma, TN

TheOwens11,727300
6/1/2007Dickson, TN

Country-Cleaver11,861140
5/29/2007Springfield, IL

South-Dakota-Lake-Ho...12,1186110
5/23/2007Sioux Falls, SD

Gods-Home11,260200
5/18/2007Eustis, FL

hammock11,118110
5/14/2007Martinez, GA

Grove-St-Rocklin11,199300
5/13/2007Orangevale, CA

Gardeners-Delight12,031330
5/13/2007Norristown, PA

Newman-Family12,051100
4/26/2007oralndo, FL

do-over-house12,718200
4/25/2007Roseville, CA

Mountain-Building11,436370
4/21/2007Hiawassee, GA

Alaskan-Log-Home12,756120
4/15/2007Tok, AK

Warner-Dream12,952600
4/11/2007Astatula, FL

RehmannSchreiner13,94318150
4/2/2007Maple Grove, MN

outspokenbikeguy13,5854140
3/29/2007Sanford, FL

SmelltheForest35,887471480
3/23/2007Colorado Springs, CO

PolkCityProject15,2417110
3/21/2007Norcross, GA

DwaynePam12,094200
3/21/2007Normal, IL

cypressknoll11,152100
3/20/2007Palm Coast, FL

candlepower19,187241550
3/20/2007Lansing, IA

Team-Rosa12,020200
3/19/2007Springfield, VA

GLOUCESTER11,698120
3/17/2007Newport News, VA

Ohiodreamhome12,0814140
3/16/2007Reynoldsburg, OH

Gypsy-Love12,573110
3/12/2007Highland, NY

Forrest-Towne11,761220
3/10/2007Brinnon, WA

Dreams-Come-True11,028100
3/8/2007Glen St Mary, FL

Almost-A-Country-Gir...11,055100
3/7/2007Addison Township, MI

BrandonBuildingBlog11,818100
3/4/2007Layton, UT

SafecreteHouse13,086300
3/4/2007Raleigh, NC

newbie-12,200100
2/21/2007North Plains, OR

BuzzardsNest14,433310
2/14/2007Saint Lucie, FL

woodfamilyhome12,542200
2/10/2007Keno, OR

vegascastle11,863100
2/3/2007Henderson, NV

newsteel17,832100
1/28/2007Florence, SC

Dream-Home-200712,374100
1/27/2007Gwynn Oak, MD

DelgadosAdobeAbode12,758200
1/18/2007San Diego, CA

bobindeltona14,998250
1/14/2007Deltona, FL

Highland6412,480300
1/8/2007New Orleans, LA

SmallProjectSilverSp...17,8541020
1/7/2007Silver Springs, NV

BeehlerHome22,75911640
1/3/2007Kalamazoo, MI

eveningshade12,073110
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Strength Testing

Posted by Mary in PA on 11/21/2010

John had one of the concrete samples strength-tested at the concrete supplier. They put it in a hydraulic press and, well …PRESS. At first, nothing much happens, but then a low slow groan emanates from the machine (or sample?) and finally a loud sharp crack. The machine’s meter pegs out at the top psi before failure and we have our results.

We ordered a concrete strength of 4,000 psi for the slab. After 26 days of wet curing with average daily temps of 46 deg. F, the sample tested out at…

….drum roll please…….

4,574 psi.

Pretty good!

So today (finally!) we can stop watering. John took the plastic off the slab and officially started drying out the slab in preparation for applying a sealer. It’s so nice to be done with the wet slab (and damp boots) and be one step closer to actually using the building!

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The two containers at back were filled with concrete during pour for later strength testing.


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Is there a way to test before pouring? What if it doesn't meet specs? Is it recommended to test footers and foundation walls, and how is it done?

Frank
Posted by Mary in PA on 12/15/2010

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Hi Frank,

Sorry it took so long to get back to you. My computer blew up a few days ago, and it’s been a long haul getting back up and running. As to your questions; I’m not an expert on concrete – just an owner-builder – so take all these comments with that in mind.

Is there a way to test before pouring? The concrete gains its strength as it cures. I don’t know of any common ways that residential concrete is tested prior to placing it. Heck, it is very atypical to test it at all! We tested the strength of the slab in our farm shop for several reasons. One, we told the contractor in advance that we would test it, so he knew that there would a quality-control check. Concrete gains strength as it cures and we planned to slow cure the slab, so having several samples to test would also inform us as to when the slab had reached full strength (but in the end we tested only one sample). And finally, my husband is generally curious about such things.

That all being said, though, there are some things other than testing that you could consider. First, decide what strength concrete (psi) you need or want, and include that info in your request for bids (this may be a code issue). Second, when the concrete truck shows up on site, ask to see the paperwork from the plant to make sure that the load in the truck matches what was ordered. Third, observe work in progress. For example, if they want to add water to the load on site to make it more flowable, that could mean reduced quality and strength in your final product. Make sure that someone on site, whether it is you or the contractor you’ve hired, will be on top of the quality issue and be willing to refuse delivery if needed (e.g. it sat in the truck too long and started to set). There are a lot of details and logistics involved in concrete work, so consider hiring the best contractor you can find. But even with that, being familiar with the process and terminology and making sure you’re on site the day of the pour are all part of the equation.

What if it doesn't meet specs? John told me (after he read your questions) that had he fully intended to have the contractor jackhammer out the slab and replace if it didn’t meet specs… but I think that may be a bit of male bravado talking there. ;-)  I’m sure no one, not you and certainly not the contractor, wants that type of disaster on their hands. I know there are horror stories out there, but overall I think that thing is pretty rare.

Is it recommended to test footers and foundation walls, and how is it done? I’ve never heard of testing residential work in our local area, but I have very limited experience. In our case, John took the unlabeled sample (so they didn’t know what job or what strength it should have been) back to the concrete plant. Apparently they pull samples themselves from their own batches to test for quality control. They tested the sample for free right in front of him. If we had wanted more samples done, I think there was some nominal charge. John thinks they did it for free because it was just so darn weird to have someone walk in off the street and ask for a test. Overall it was easy to do, interesting, and may have kept people more on their toes that might have happened otherwise. But keep in mind that in addition to what comes in the truck, how it cures plays a big factor in the final strength. In our case, we could wait on any further use of the building while we watered and slow-cured the slab – but that is not likely to be the case in a footing or foundation.

Good luck on your build!





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