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Barrel-Race7,056771570
TuesdayHouston, TX

Vilano-Beach--Water-...21,189391170
4/5/2014Saint Augustine, FL

HudsonHouse6,987300
4/2/2014Omaha, NE

Tanglewood86,5477862,22242
3/24/2014Colorado Springs, CO

697MarlinAustinArea1,16618910
3/15/2014Austin/McDade, TX

1860s-Texas-rehabnew...43,105441910
3/14/2014Boerne, TX

Bladenkirk511640
3/13/2014White Oak, NC

P-Wade-Crocker393100
3/12/2014Spring, TX

Shana457200
3/11/2014Chaffee, MO

OwensNewHome59,9381033810
2/2/2014Chandler, AZ

Du-Lock-Lane1,284200
2/1/2014Houston, TX

Family-Affair10,580440
1/31/2014Saint Petersburg, FL

TheCastle9,960270
1/23/2014Cheshire, CT

The-Last-Rodeo9,63227100
1/14/2014Angel Fire, NM

TheHoskensProject58,4771504333
12/31/2013Dome-ville, central, FL

NorthPoleHome30,189341330
12/29/2013North Pole, AK

navarre-village-buil...1,171100
12/26/2013Gulf Breeze, FL

Seven-Peaks-Faswall-...34,787483181
11/18/2013Graeagle, CA

The-Dailey-Project1,759100
10/27/2013Pompano Beach, FL

Beaver-Creek-Ranch30,250213210
10/15/2013Hayfork, CA

The-Cortes-Adventure17,657520
10/14/2013Snowflake, AZ

jeff3,846300
8/29/2013Jackson, MO

Miami-FL-country-hom...5,360320
7/30/2013Miami, FL

Brevard-County--Pt-S...2,545100
7/17/2013Rockledge, FL

Dream-Build-Austin-T...4,142300
4/17/2013Austin, TX

Eschete-Dome22,35430530
12/24/2012Lafayette, LA

ChapelHillNCBob5,551110
10/23/2012Chapel Hill, NC

The-Skimino-Bluff6,9493130
10/13/2012Williamsburg, VA

Octagon-in-Glencoe-C...48,753144110
10/8/2012Glencoe , CA

nateshomemtpeakview4,653100
9/29/2012

sherman20,020221560
9/27/2012Downers Grove, IL

Omaha9,156380
9/13/2012Omaha, NE

Holy-Hill-House16,45535530
8/27/2012Richfield, WI

Omega-CEO5,603110
8/13/2012Manassas, VA

JayHouse10,3127190
6/22/2012Sebastopol, CA

30233,35923770
5/20/2012Belfair, WA

SunburnStateHome6,290110
3/6/2012Charlotte County, FL

VICTOR-MONTANA8,078110
2/22/2012Victor, MT

Houston-720125966,781100
1/21/2012Houston, TX

Workshop15,579630
1/8/2012Florissant, CO

Our-simple-home11,802223080
12/5/2011LaPorte, IN

ICF-Construction19,334500
11/11/2011Elkridge, MD

Little-Help-from-my-...12,25611150
11/4/2011Rockwall, TX

YaNYca13,991810
10/29/2011Boston, MA

The-Man-Refuge10,831310
10/19/2011San Antonio, TX

mckernanmc11,135320
10/6/2011Amite, LA

Large-Family-Compoun...7,434200
9/23/2011Covington, GA

Woodchuck-Ridge10,275480
9/12/2011Akron, OH

Forever-Home-Sweet-H...20,89034310
8/24/2011Issaquah, WA

Clarksville-MD9,058200
8/22/2011Eldersburg, MD

steve-n-carolyn16,3044140
8/21/2011Sun City, CA

Old-York8,144200
7/27/2011Bridgewater, NJ

Carriage-House17,05720282
7/24/2011Ft. Collins, CO

DomeSweetDome22,27118291
6/4/2011Suffolk, VA

Goodpasture24,123562880
5/28/2011Westminster, CO

Marks-Log-Cabin13,916392210
5/12/2011Altoona, PA

Bill21,099100
5/4/2011Tucson, AZ

Mueller-Dream-Home8,789100
4/15/2011

Oklahoma-Steel10,731650
4/13/2011Minco, OK

DutchG8,401200
4/5/2011

HiddenInOhio10,3009130
4/1/2011Elyria, OH

MagnoliaHouse8,854100
3/29/2011Houston, TX

Buffaloader13,710200
1/11/2011Valley Center, KS

SouthernEcoHome27,76720210
1/9/2011Blacksburg, VA

Austrian-Chalet14,121780
1/2/2011Twin Lakes, CO

Vista-Ridge13,16221660
12/21/2010Swanton, OH

OurFarmstead28,410601890
12/10/2010Pennsylvania

AirparkHome-Remodel29,59122460
11/8/2010Hillsboro, OR

Holloway10,857200
11/7/2010Petersburg, VA

Building-Our-Lakefro...9,739110
11/5/2010Piscataway, NJ

SunburyGalena-Build9,007100
11/3/2010Galena, OH

BUILDING-OUR-GREEN-D...9,874800
11/2/2010Pattison, TX

RR-Homestead23,95231740
10/26/2010Janesville, CA

Casa-Paradiso-Vieque...9,823200
10/19/2010Chelsea, MA

Millerbuild11,0865110
10/1/2010Carstairs, AB

Delisledigs11,488300
9/16/2010Jacksonville, FL

h20dave11,334430
9/10/2010Waterloo, AL

Mountain-Idyl11,078900
9/9/2010Asheville, NC

High-over-Lake-Granb...14,55412230
9/8/2010Granbury, TX

Homestead35,92464850
9/8/2010Smithville, MO

philandjan12,939100
9/2/2010

Commons10,155200
8/21/2010Atascocita, TX

Our-First-OB-home10,547300
7/27/2010Gardner, KS

Louisiana-Mediterran...20,098311870
7/21/2010Sunset, LA

Crows-Nest9,829100
7/20/2010

Patterson-Project10,388400
7/16/2010John's Island, SC

Hidden-Meadow-Home12,4352100
7/13/2010Murrieta, CA

New-house-in-Selah-W...10,178140
7/4/2010Belfair, WA

Arnold-CA-Alpine-cha...20,90222100
7/2/2010Arnold, CA

Working-Wilton39,879343010
6/16/2010Wilton, NH

JJ-Residence9,601100
6/7/2010San Antonio, TX

Thompson-Valley-Home10,801330
6/6/2010Monticello, FL

Naperville-Webster-S...26,3342360
5/21/2010Naperville, IL

Gary--Suzi11,053100
5/7/2010

crystal-falls-home28,80320270
5/5/2010Cedar Park, TX

Kapoho-Retirement-Ho...10,875130
5/4/2010Santa Ana, CA

NC--New-Construction10,478100
5/3/2010

Collins-on-Cobblesto...11,47921910
4/30/2010Waynesville, NC

Dwight--Colleen-Hart...11,881130
4/30/2010Vaughn, WA

Riley32,78932950
4/29/2010Cave Creek, AZ

The-New-Ries-Homeste...14,87019980
4/21/2010Polk/Richfield/Erin/Hartford, WI

The-Season9,531130
4/10/2010Mount Airy, NC

The-Naas-Place10,039200
3/30/2010Pittsburg, CA

Phil-and-Lauras-home13,093400
3/20/2010Tulsa, OK

Southport-NC-Home17,522201281
3/18/2010Southport, NC

Loris24,982110
3/11/2010

Seaton-Station10,231140
3/10/2010Siloam Springs, AR

Backwoods-Project14,291390
3/4/2010Jeffersonville, GA

ICF-in-Ann-Arbor26,202293710
1/25/2010Dexter, MI

DancingPines10,974200
1/25/2010Clinton, LA

Log-Cabin10,569150
1/23/2010indianapolis, IN

The-Kinzel-House9,959100
1/21/2010New Orleans, LA

PahrumpProject17,0495390
1/17/2010Spokane, WA

TheBeachHouse14,62913200
1/16/2010Shoreline, WA

Artist-Haven-Home14,945970
1/13/2010Kansas City, MO

SOPHIA--SAMUELDELAWA...17,38811310
12/2/2009Smyrna, DE

Plant-City-Craftsman16,8194100
11/22/2009Plant City, FL

WestermanFarm11,429130
11/10/2009Dickson, TN

Shane22,492600
10/31/2009San Antonio, TX

ADCountryHome12,8581130
10/31/2009Fort Worth, TX

ICF-Keller-Tx51,201321220
10/6/2009Roanoke, TX

digs24,213100
9/30/2009Tracy City, TN

threegables21,377201340
9/29/2009Hartland, WI

LittleLakeCorner72,8171016040
9/29/2009Groveland, FL

Utah-Casa11,579200
9/28/2009Saratoga Springs, UT

Tornado-Reconstructi...11,025800
9/24/2009Port Neches, TX

toolehouse50,279891450
9/20/2009Reno, NV

Bobs-Blog52,977614140
9/16/2009New Florence, PA

Blessings10,194100
9/11/2009farmville, NC

Schrammelot15,9777900
9/11/2009Pierson, FL

PennsmithLostValleyT...35,830552150
9/9/2009Dripping Springs, TX

River-House10,636220
9/7/2009Clinton, NJ

SantaFe-in-AJ10,372100
8/28/2009Apache Junction, AZ

Dennis-Dream-Home30,048385050
8/27/2009Readington Twp, NJ

Massive-Undertaking11,5291100
8/26/2009Wimauma, FL

Lafayette10,282200
8/11/2009Cramerton, NC

Dream-site-on-the-La...11,066200
8/5/2009La Porte, TX

Williams-New-Home-Si...10,319110
8/2/2009Windsor, NC

Cobblestone-Lane10,408100
7/30/2009Great Falls, MT

PensacolaBeachHouse10,220110
6/22/2009Gulf Breeze, FL

12YEARSINTHEPLANNING10,867120
6/16/2009LADSON, SC

Steinys-Hideaway10,839200
6/9/2009Venice, CA

DreamHome29,478261900
6/7/2009Orlando, FL

CastleHeims20,75121590
6/5/2009Cedar Rapids, IA

Utah-Warehouse10,086220
5/20/2009Fairview, UT

Where-to-start12,423610
5/16/2009Lemoore, CA

Castle-Rock-Lakehous...16,33610840
4/27/2009Necedah, WI

Oleg25,956360
4/22/2009San Diego, CA

MoeCompound10,248340
4/9/2009Camano Island, WA

Huckleberry-Home10,329200
4/8/2009Williamstown, NJ

Vonk24,222100
4/7/2009Zeeland, MI

Small-Timber-Frame14,664110
4/2/2009Central Mass, MA

EatonLoch-Haven11,124110
4/1/2009Roanoke, VA

windowsnsiding10,185110
3/28/2009Long Island, NY

Arkansas-First-Timer25,83139880
3/27/2009Trumann, AR

Back-Home-In-Crisp12,412111510
3/22/2009Ennis, TX

Victor--Susan-0820,329211210
3/17/2009Ruckersville, VA

Rick-and-Tinas-dream...11,646120
3/14/2009Auburndale, FL

Keener-Road13,0384100
3/11/2009Elizabethtown, PA

NC-Newbie10,947100
3/10/2009Boone, NC

MadisonGA11,1651130
2/26/2009Madison, GA

Techbuilt-Scammed12,608100
2/25/2009Rebew, LA

choanne83110,195100
2/9/2009charlotte, NC

WilliamsinVegas33,993301190
1/29/2009Henderson, NV

PhilesBryant12,054260
1/20/2009graham, WA

MortgageSmart10,414100
1/19/2009Cocoa, FL

QuarterlyHouse57,880136990
1/12/2009Orlando, FL

RabbitRun19,754311690
1/11/2009Afton, VA

Sonave-Sunsets10,526120
1/9/2009Yucca, AZ

Heart-of-PA16,1279160
1/6/2009Lewistown, PA

Krusehome11,602200
12/27/2008Lake City, FL

BrunkHouseAlmaKansas15,609260
12/26/2008Garden Grove, CA

Raider-Bills-Tenn-Ho...14,6196320
12/22/2008Largo, FL

Andel-Ranch28,293334020
12/17/2008Rogers, TX

Elijahs-Home11,792460
12/6/2008Vero Beach, FL

ranch-house10,419100
11/25/2008springfield, IL

Howard-Georgia-Retir...16,047670
11/9/2008Harlem, GA

The-Woods-Journal11,293110
11/6/2008Doraville, GA

StansTLH16,0091090
11/1/2008Tehachapi, CA

Kevin--Kerrys-Dream11,560350
10/17/2008Northvale, NJ

Katabatic-Wind12,173470
10/16/2008Huntsville, AL

Elmhurst-Modern13,614120
10/14/2008elmhurst, IL

Accessible-House11,5853100
10/14/2008Munford, TN

Cherry-Valley-Vista10,641120
10/5/2008Duvall, WA

Jon-and-Mollys-House18,254150
9/25/2008Ellicott City, MD

Proctor-ICF11,722110
9/25/2008Fredericksburg, VA

Hawaiian-Bungalo18,061111020
9/23/2008Holualoa, HI

Pete--Rhiannon12,724430
9/19/2008Springfield, MO

2008-Cedar-Ln17,54814350
9/19/2008Seaville, NJ

dmaceld20,74614880
9/16/2008Nampa, ID

Help-with-Goulds-and...12,881100
9/16/2008tampa, FL

Consulting10,291100
9/2/2008Orlando, FL

AlaskaICFREMOTEHouse16,70319380
8/17/2008Wasilla, AK

NC-Pond-House11,755320
8/4/2008Wilmington, NC

MargaritaVilla11,364240
8/4/2008Raleigh, NC

Latest-update12,6668100
8/4/2008Sierra Vista, AZ

ANDREA11,262400
8/2/2008Dallas, TX

The-Ridges14,02511130
7/31/2008Logan, UT

Avenida-Del-Sol15,15813520
7/31/2008Peoria, AZ

dream-home-ohio11,320600
7/30/2008Zanesville, OH

Penetang-Craftsman10,951360
7/27/2008Penetanguishene, ON

Tristan--11,409600
7/25/2008Lebanon, NJ

Dreamy-Design-in-Glo...16,687100
7/9/2008Clifton, VA

need-help-Jim11,882110
7/8/2008Bandon, OR

deltona-fl-custom-ho...12,4804140
7/6/2008Deltona Beach, FL

Ingraham-House-Chape...11,730200
6/29/2008Cary, NC

famborgie10,640100
6/26/2008Lockhart, TX

95821-Addition21,8817140
6/24/2008Sacramento, CA

Cajun-Homestead19,03112930
6/22/2008Lafayette, LA

West-Texas-Ranch-Hou...12,840110
6/18/2008Andrews, TX

Quail-Bluff-Pasco12,6509290
6/10/2008Pasco, WA

Spyders-Web10,548100
6/10/2008Norman, OK

mike-and-tori-darnle...13,076510
6/2/2008Rainbow, CA

Lin-Washington10,584100
5/29/2008Fresno, CA

Capernall-House11,435420
5/15/2008Belleville, MI

Hidden-Valley-Texas10,728100
5/7/2008Southlake, TX

cosdreamhome41,373731470
5/5/2008Colorado Springs, CO

Sowle-Family-House13,226590
4/29/2008South Burlington, VT

Cyberdoc-Residence10,929200
4/25/2008San Diego, CA

Fortune-House10,963100
4/17/2008Mooresville, NC

Joeb28,783400
4/15/2008Oakland, FL

Alvin-House11,205200
4/14/2008LaPorte, TX

Thomas-Home--Raintre...21,259271800
4/9/2008Lee's Summit, MO

Greg--Kathys-New-Hou...12,190200
4/3/2008Barryton, MI

Where-is-Waldo28,31244830
4/2/2008Marion, OH

Nimmerrichters-Fores...10,056100
4/2/2008Waldorf, MD

Mayfield-House10,672100
3/31/2008Mayfield, UT

beamanhouse10,710100
3/27/2008Manistique, MI

Kanak-ICF--Virginia15,480900
3/26/2008Fredericksburg, VA

Sheldon-St15,310300
3/21/2008Orlando, FL

Bert-25,873310
3/20/2008Southern, CA

Our-Ohio-ICF-home21,99920270
3/20/2008Mansfield, OH

ericdc11,196310
3/8/2008Uniontown, PA

EurekaHouse-ICF15,0785150
3/6/2008Berkeley, CA

Superstition-Views15,395281600
3/6/2008Mesa, AZ

Blue-Springs-Project12,8778230
2/24/2008Broken Arrow, OK

Our-House10,552100
2/24/2008Miami, FL

httpownerbuilderbook...13,304830
2/19/2008Clayton, NY

JourneyBackHome10,393100
2/3/2008Oviedo, FL

Collier-Home12,852110
2/1/2008Little Rock, AR

DDs-ICF12,391330
1/27/2008New Smyrna Bch, FL

EurekaMT-Timberframe12,0181430
1/24/2008Augusta, MI

The-Larnerd-House13,4935210
1/21/2008Newport News, VA

Casa-Bella11,334100
1/14/2008Pueblo West, CO

Gordon-Lake-House15,35317510
1/3/2008Oakland, IA

STEPHANIES-DREAM12,55017570
12/30/2007Lower Burrell, PA

Florida-Waterfront-C...14,930310
12/29/2007PB, FL

6158-in-Montgomery-T...11,288410
12/23/2007Conroe, TX

ClearwaterHills13,696260
12/14/2007Paradise Valley, AZ

BobDonna9,974100
12/12/2007Sacramento, CA

AboveTheAppleTree9,952100
12/8/2007La Farge, WI

Casa-Nostra12,218230
12/2/2007Bangor, PA

Building-the-Dream-i...13,756700
11/29/2007Gladstone, OR

Ingram-Fleming-ICF-H...16,357480
11/29/2007Plant City, FL

inniagara9,450100
11/24/2007Niagara Falls, ON

SchnabelEstate10,570240
11/16/2007Avon, IN

WeAreBuildingAgain21,37627560
11/15/2007Orlando, FL

Lake-Pleasant10,518210
11/14/2007Erie, PA

Green-for-Dean10,544100
11/10/2007San Jose, CA

The-Ponderosa12,3148220
11/4/2007Perry, OK

FlagholeRoad10,606260
10/25/2007Franklin, NH

Beckynray11,770300
10/24/2007Powhatan, VA

Spicewood-TX12,254330
10/20/2007Austin, TX

Powderhorn24,145481760
10/4/2007Florida

Luray-VA-1stTimeBuil...14,829730
10/4/2007Luray, VA

kittyfhughesnet10,312250
9/27/2007Noblesville, IN

Scott-Family10,896100
9/25/2007Trinity, AL

Taking-the-Plunge13,3986180
9/18/2007Springfield, OH

RozBuildingAdventure10,782100
9/14/2007San Pablo, CA

Helpful-Tips11,871200
9/13/2007Encinitas, CA

Poplar-Creek-Farm13,8195250
9/10/2007Oakland Park, FL

TheWillemsHome21,5301750
9/10/2007Galloway Township, NJ

ComfortHome11,349200
8/30/2007Dublin, OH

10000-sq-feet36,32522260
8/26/2007La Habra Heights, CA

Bird-house12,4703400
8/22/2007Ithaca, NY

Circle-S_ICF_House35,756462640
8/21/2007Sparta, IL

New-England-Saltbox10,756100
8/16/2007Columbia, SC

RamblewoodatJeterFar...11,5656330
8/10/2007Kansas City, MO

Kraemer-Collinwood-H...11,162200
7/21/2007Delano, MN

BigOakBuilderTX14,777270
7/20/2007Wharton, TX

Johnson-Family-Dream11,010100
7/20/2007Normal, IL

19225-ROBERTSON-ST17,70414250
7/12/2007Orlando, FL

Thattle-Dew-Farm10,958220
7/12/2007Halls Harbour, NS

WindyJ14,93411260
7/2/2007Knoxville, TN

Vistoso-Green-Home12,261310
6/28/2007Tucson, AZ

Lewis-Chapel-House16,463200
6/25/2007Dunlap, TN

father-daughter10,517200
6/25/2007Loveland, CO

davewhite11,493100
6/24/2007Nanaimo, BC

NutmegWedgefieldOrla...12,484600
6/22/2007Orlando, FL

4600SF-Dream-Home-in...14,573410
6/19/2007Mooresville, NC

Coeur-dAlene-Idaho-H...12,349240
6/13/2007Coeur d Alene, ID

Tampa-Bay13,931490
6/10/2007Ruskin, FL

Dream-In-Progress14,364540
6/7/2007Shawnee, KS

todd-in-tullahoma10,890100
6/4/2007tullahoma, TN

TheOwens11,670300
6/1/2007Dickson, TN

Country-Cleaver11,794140
5/29/2007Springfield, IL

South-Dakota-Lake-Ho...12,0586110
5/23/2007Sioux Falls, SD

Gods-Home11,207200
5/18/2007Eustis, FL

hammock11,056110
5/14/2007Martinez, GA

Grove-St-Rocklin11,135300
5/13/2007Orangevale, CA

Gardeners-Delight11,967330
5/13/2007Norristown, PA

Newman-Family11,985100
4/26/2007oralndo, FL

do-over-house12,619200
4/25/2007Roseville, CA

Mountain-Building11,372370
4/21/2007Hiawassee, GA

Alaskan-Log-Home12,692120
4/15/2007Tok, AK

Warner-Dream12,891600
4/11/2007Astatula, FL

RehmannSchreiner13,88118150
4/2/2007Maple Grove, MN

outspokenbikeguy13,5354140
3/29/2007Sanford, FL

SmelltheForest35,790471480
3/23/2007Colorado Springs, CO

PolkCityProject15,1867110
3/21/2007Norcross, GA

DwaynePam12,024200
3/21/2007Normal, IL

cypressknoll11,084100
3/20/2007Palm Coast, FL

candlepower19,095241550
3/20/2007Lansing, IA

Team-Rosa11,958200
3/19/2007Springfield, VA

GLOUCESTER11,641120
3/17/2007Newport News, VA

Ohiodreamhome12,0224140
3/16/2007Reynoldsburg, OH

Gypsy-Love12,513110
3/12/2007Highland, NY

Forrest-Towne11,694220
3/10/2007Brinnon, WA

Dreams-Come-True10,969100
3/8/2007Glen St Mary, FL

Almost-A-Country-Gir...10,972100
3/7/2007Addison Township, MI

BrandonBuildingBlog11,763100
3/4/2007Layton, UT

SafecreteHouse13,017300
3/4/2007Raleigh, NC

newbie-12,124100
2/21/2007North Plains, OR

BuzzardsNest14,370310
2/14/2007Saint Lucie, FL

woodfamilyhome12,477200
2/10/2007Keno, OR

vegascastle11,794100
2/3/2007Henderson, NV

newsteel17,762100
1/28/2007Florence, SC

Dream-Home-200712,292100
1/27/2007Gwynn Oak, MD

DelgadosAdobeAbode12,697200
1/18/2007San Diego, CA

bobindeltona14,922250
1/14/2007Deltona, FL

Highland6412,408300
1/8/2007New Orleans, LA

SmallProjectSilverSp...17,7361020
1/7/2007Silver Springs, NV

BeehlerHome22,66511640
1/3/2007Kalamazoo, MI

eveningshade12,013110
12/25/2006Evening Shade, AR

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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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Mary,

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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