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By Zeek in Jacksonville, FL on 8/17/2006


I know concrete cures in 28 days. How soon can I start Framing after concrete is poured? Do I need to wait for the 28 days or can I do it sooner?
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By David in Ocoee, FL on 8/22/2006


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Concrete will cure for upwards of 10 years or more, as long as it is kept wet. Dry concrete will not cure at all. Fortunately, you will not have to wait that long before you start framing. If it has been properly cured, regular concrete will attain 50% of its strength within one week. Here is an excerpt from the Portland Cement Association website:

"Curing is one of the most important steps in concrete construction, because proper curing greatly increases concrete strength and durability. Concrete hardens as a result of hydration: the chemical reaction between cement and water. However, hydration occurs only if water is available and if the concrete's temperature stays within a suitable range. During the curing period-from five to seven days after placement for conventional concrete-the concrete surface needs to be kept moist to permit the hydration process. new concrete can be wet with soaking hoses, sprinklers or covered with wet burlap, or can be coated with commercially available curing compounds, which seal in moisture."

 


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By Bill in Callahan, FL on 2/6/2007


Here in Jacksonville, most builders hit the slab with framing within days.  At this stage, you can shoot down your green plate with a regular framing nailer.  Is it fully cured? No.  Does it make framing easier? YES!  In Florida, these nails through the green plate are only temporay because of our hurricane tiedowns so go for it.

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