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Old 11-06-2013, 09:15 PM   #21
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Looks awesome. Where did you learn all this?
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Looks awesome. Where did you learn all this?
Thanks. Lots of hard work, and trial and error. Oh, and money lol.

A lot of this info can be found on the internet. But like anything else, just because you know how to do it doesnt mean you can. It took me a lot of time and practice making tops that I just threw away while I perfected the art. ( still trying to perfect, I should say!)

Edit: I dont mean to sound condescending to anyone, just answering the question lol. I say if you want to try it and youre somewhat handy, go for it! Its concrete. Its cheap. If you dont like it, tear it out and do it again!
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Thanks. Lots of hard work, and trial and error. Oh, and money lol.

A lot of this info can be found on the internet. But like anything else, just because you know how to do it doesnt mean you can. It took me a lot of time and practice making tops that I just threw away while I perfected the art.

Edit: I dont mean to sound condescending to anyone, just answering the question lol. I say if you want to try it and youre somewhat handy, go for it! Its concrete. Its cheap. If you dont like it, tear it out and do it again!
I figured you dis some research the played with it until you got something you liked.

Counter top mix aint cheap!
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Beautiful counters.

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... We pour very dry to reduce shrinkage and cracking,...
The Sika "Ultimate Fortifier" that you can buy in Home Depot is a water reducer/plasticizer. It's very useful for counters; a very small amount will make a mix that's too dry to work into a standard but very strong mix. Don't mistake it for their other additives, which are just acrylic admixes.
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...I say if you want to try it and youre somewhat handy, go for it! Its concrete. Its cheap. If you dont like it, tear it out and do it again!
Yep. First one I did looked like Fred Flintstone did it, drunk. Tore it out and did it again.
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I havent heard of that product but will look into it. I've been using a product called counterflo for years now. Its a plasticizer/water reducer.

I like to pour them dry though and keep them covered with plastic until all the condensation is gone, which is usually 4 or 5 days. A dry mix makes a very strong top, and pretty much eliminates any curling issues with pouring so thin, and stops the hairline cracking.
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I havent heard of that product but will look into it. I've been using a product called counterflo for years now. Its a plasticizer/water reducer.
Same thing. Stick with Counterflo - who knows what Sika will do to their product?
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6 has some really bad ass fiber optic tops from way back somewhere on here.. I couldn't find the thread, but look at his website and picasa...
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Thanks. Lots of hard work, and trial and error. Oh, and money lol.

A lot of this info can be found on the internet. But like anything else, just because you know how to do it doesnt mean you can. It took me a lot of time and practice making tops that I just threw away while I perfected the art. ( still trying to perfect, I should say!)

Edit: I dont mean to sound condescending to anyone, just answering the question lol. I say if you want to try it and youre somewhat handy, go for it! Its concrete. Its cheap. If you dont like it, tear it out and do it again!
I got lucky with my first one, turned out acceptable and the client still loves it. Did have to throw away more than I like to admit since though.

Mine are wet cast in the shop. I practice my troweling skills on the backs but am a ways away from what you're doing still.

Wet cast also limits the size before seams become necessary. The largest we have delivered in one piece is 1 1/2"x38"x81". Took 4 of us to move it.

Made that one twice. While delivering we had to rest on the way up some stone steps and chipped it when we picked it back up. They get packaged better for delivery now however.

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Oh man those are heavy son of a bitches! Another reason I love pour in place. We've moved some heavy, back breaking, hand crushing pigs, and everytime I do it I say 'this is my last one.' lol
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Tops looks awesome as usual 6 string........

I happened to stumble across/into the Distillery Sunday after the game. Any chance you did those bar tops as well??
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6string, I always look forward to seeing pictures of your work! Your counter tops are awesome!
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I happened to stumble across/into the Distillery Sunday after the game. Any chance you did those bar tops as well??
Thanks jomama! No I didnt do the ones at the brewery. Not sure who did that. If Im not mistaken they were done before I started into the countertop world.
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Actually jomama I DID in fact do those lol! I forgot that the name changed, and I went to the distillery the other night and remembered this. Figured I'd clarify.

A couple cracks in those, but we expected as much for a huge one piece pour like that.
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Actually jomama I DID in fact do those lol! I forgot that the name changed, and I went to the distillery the other night and remembered this. Figured I'd clarify.

A couple cracks in those, but we expected as much for a huge one piece pour like that.
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