What concrete mix?
Oh no that’s the squeezy nicked out the kitchen to air entrain,along with the few handfuls of plaster. This c35 concrete is going to end up like a green aero bar without the minty tastePosted 1 month ago
Add some fondu that will make it set fast
So many air tests, especially when Extrudakerb were on site 🙁Posted 1 month ago
The brackets I linked to are intended for fence posts. There are all sorts of variants (take a look at the simpson strongtie site). The saddle with rebar design is fine to hold up a fence, with e.g. 6’x6′ panels, which are essential very large wooden kites. Your structure, with no walls to catch the wind, will be fine. If you use a bracket that is approved for use with a non-constrained post, you’ll be fine.Posted 1 month ago
Just be aware molegrips, if you decide to pour the pad and the mix has large pieces of agragate or you put a bit more be cement in than you intend, you’ll possibly find drilling holes in the exact spots you need is tricky. However resin fix (I’ve not used but guessing) may give some wiggle room. A good drill and bit will help.Posted 1 month ago
@cromolyolly I like this idea:
It’d be neater I think with the slot cut in the post. That would then offer a bit of protection. Looks like I could bolt a bit of bar to the bottom of it for better anchoring.Posted 1 month ago
And flipping heck redmex, this is a post pad for a posh deck not the Hoover dam. My question about plaster was a question, a handful of cement in a bag of bonding makes it set so fast it can steam, a useful trick used by plasterers to set beading in place. I doubt it works the other way but asked. The comment about watering the hole stems I’m sure from the instructions on a bag of postcrete where it’s added to the hole as a dry mix. Small quantities of concrete like a single post hole could dry and not set, I’m sure from your cement knowledge comments you know all that. Your p’taking isn’t helpful.Posted 1 month ago
Well given I’ve never done it before I should err on the side of caution, don’t you think that would be wise?
Yes, a bit of caution is wise, and some good advice was given by most. However some of these suggestions are bordering on the ridiculous, for what you have asked for help with.
I was laughing at the suggestions put forward, rather than your initial question.
You’ve asked the equivalent of which coil spring compressors to buy when swapping the shocks on my Passat and been sent to red bull F1 team HQ as that’s the right way to ensure your suspension will be perfect. When what you need is a simple solution for a relatively simple run of the mill job. Like you said the ground around you is hard as nails already. Dig a hole, and use the mix that’s printed on the back of the cement bag. 😀Posted 1 month ago
Those look good, just make sure they are suitable (the simpson site will tell you everything you need to know, including approved fasteners, whether it requires the top supported (since you are build a roof, you are ‘supporting’ the top for most purposes.)
These would be easy to install and adjust but I think srequir top support.
If you want hidden
I’ve just installed a shelter base on a site in Sheffield! 4 pads@ 1mx 1m x.6 and 2 @ 1.2×1.2x.8 it will be a pergola type shelter about 4m x 5m I don’t think you will need anything quite as Daft any of the mix suggestions with decent resin anchors /threaded rod unless in Sheffield then you will need to use my sizes good luck 😉Posted 1 month ago
Those pad sizes are massive, much larger than I was going to make.Posted 1 month ago
Massive covers it well !! If I was building my own it would probably have 2bags post Crete on each post but you know computer says 6m3 needed.Posted 1 month ago
How deep were they?
I don’t have a computer, only STW and my anxiety.Posted 1 month ago
@molgrips they were 600 deep for ‘small’ bases 700 deep for larger ones glad im not the only one worried they might not support the shelter safely !! Pity the poor sods who have to break it out in years to come I guess a bit of CAD involved alongside a fear of a PI claim when little johnny is crushed under the collapsing tower. DFE paying so all good in the endPosted 1 month ago
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