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It hasn't stopped raining since I poured concrete!! Question:

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Knock Kneed Hen, Nov 7, 2011.

  1. Knock Kneed Hen

    Knock Kneed Hen California Dream'in Chickens

    Feb 15, 2010
    So. Cal.
    So now I'm stressing! I put cinder blocks in a foot or more of concrete yesterday afternoon. It started raining hard last night. Let up for this morning and is pounding rain again.
    When I got home today I went ahead and set a cap on top of the filled blocks (no mortar, just to keep the rain away), but the rest is exposed. Will all this rain weaken my concrete?!!
    Someone please answer or I shant get any sleep tonight!
    Last edited: Nov 7, 2011
  2. OldGuy43

    OldGuy43 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Is the water running off or being absorbed? If you didn't pour it to wet and it had time to set up before it started raining it should be okay.

    Whoops! changed poor to pour, I was tired. [​IMG]
    Last edited: Nov 7, 2011
  3. Knock Kneed Hen

    Knock Kneed Hen California Dream'in Chickens

    Feb 15, 2010
    So. Cal.
    The surface had time to set before the rains started. I feel a little better now. Thanks!!
  4. sailormancga72

    sailormancga72 New Egg

    Nov 7, 2011
    Concrete will set up even under water. It is a chemical reaction. I have built structures for Coast Guard navigational aids out in the South Pacific where we used bags of redimix for the foundations and the structures were still there many years later when the old battery powered lights were converted to solar powered lights.
  5. SteveBaz

    SteveBaz Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 6, 2011
    Pacific North West
    Just put a plastic cover on it and put cinder blocks to hold it down and it will set up eventually! [​IMG]
  6. Ksane

    Ksane Overrun With Chickens

    Jun 21, 2011
    Quote:Yep. Sailor gets the prize [​IMG] It sets up under water.
  7. Knock Kneed Hen

    Knock Kneed Hen California Dream'in Chickens

    Feb 15, 2010
    So. Cal.
    [​IMG] Thanks for your help!
  8. Ole rooster

    Ole rooster Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 25, 2011
    Milner, Georgia
    In all my years in construction I've not seen concrete "go bad" from rain. I've seen it pit like crazy from the rain drops hitting the surface, and I've seen it not set proper in a timely fashion. But once concrete is poured the water that was used to mix starts to dissipat If you had any set time at all you're fine. I would say 2 hours on a 4 inch slab. Acually if the concrete dries to fast that will cause more problems than rain.
  9. cristancanoe

    cristancanoe New Egg

    Jun 13, 2011
    When we had the slab poured for our garage we ran sprinklers on it for a few days so that it didn't get too dry.

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