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CaliDesigns 12-05-2010 07:27 PM

60 Ln.Ft. Concrete Bar
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Just got done polishing today.

CaliDesigns 12-05-2010 07:30 PM

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And bathroom vanitys to match.

6stringmason 12-05-2010 08:14 PM

Very nice!! Pour in place? How did you handle the seams?

CaliDesigns 12-05-2010 08:52 PM

What seams?

griz 12-05-2010 09:47 PM

Very Nice!!:thumbup::thumbup::notworthy
I like the rough front edge.

tgeb 12-05-2010 09:52 PM

I like it.

CaliDesigns 12-05-2010 09:56 PM

I prefer the rough edge also, but I was only allowed to do it in the bathrooms. They thought the rough edge would tear up the bar stools too much.

IanS 12-06-2010 02:05 PM

Won't it crack?
Or is that just not an issue?

Looks good. 4" peagravel with additives and cast glass etc in the surface?

I think the smooth edge is better in this case but yes the rough edge has its applications.

Hope you make it back when the whole place is done for a final picture.

6stringmason 12-06-2010 06:29 PM

Well Im asking if you put seams in it, and if you did how did you handle it?

I poured on about that long in the shape of eyebrow and it ended up cracking even though we mixed dry, with additives, and lots of reinforcing.

CaliDesigns 12-06-2010 10:49 PM

You can check out my process on facebook. No, I did not put seams in it. I have done more than 12 bars for people at there homes. When I show people jobs with control joints vs. jobs with just allowing hairline cracks, they prefer hairline cracks that I had to point out. They like the seamless look.

As a former ACI board member, and a regional speaker on how to do flatwork concrete, I decided to think outside the box.

I order my concrete by w/c ratio, vs slump. Learned that from Ken Hover, now president of ACI!

CaliDesigns 12-06-2010 11:03 PM

6string, I had a concrete truck deliver my concrete! I am fortunate enough to have a good supplier. They do what I need them to do , when I need it. I ordered a 6 1/2 sack mix with 85% rock -5/8ths, with low range wr and added hr wr at the job site. Used the shilstone program to figure out the mix design. Yield is good. Most concrete weighs #3950/yrd, mine is about #4240/yrd and tests out at about 7800 psi before polishing!

6stringmason 12-07-2010 07:29 AM

Sounds like youve got a great mix!

I always mix on site, but use 3/8" as well as a very low w/c ratio. When I said mine cracked, it was more hairline cracks I'd like to add. Its not as if there are 1/8 gaping cracks.

I did meet a guy recently who does GFRC not too far from me. I did some work on his building. That is a very interesting product.

Great looking work again!

DavidC 12-07-2010 11:04 AM

Good looking stuff. I'd like to see more of this type of work.

Good Luck

CaliDesigns 12-31-2010 02:13 AM

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The Bar is open! See the rest of the pics on facebook. Not going to resize all of the photos!

marcomjl 02-02-2011 10:05 PM

Did you use form inserts for the rough face finish? Or make your own? What?

D-TEK 02-03-2011 04:45 AM

I'm a fan...Great work!

CaliDesigns 02-03-2011 05:15 AM

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On the rough face, I use a form liner, the same one I use for my pool coping face.

dprimc 02-03-2011 11:21 AM

Very nice!

AmeliaP 02-03-2011 12:10 PM

Nice! :clap:

Teoli 02-03-2011 12:40 PM


They look to be at least 3" thick. Did you do anything to cut down on the weight? Did you add a foam insert?

I bought the Cheng book and have done some much smaller projects. I can only imagine how difficult a bigger project would be. But it's always fun.

I'll have to check out your FB page. Nice work.

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