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  • mongota
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    Originally posted by kbartman View Post
    Mongo,
    Below is a some info I pulled off the internet...
    I appreciate that, thanks.

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  • mongota
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    Originally posted by Gulf View Post
    Monago,
    "What they said" .

    I see a marked discoloration in the top inch or so of your slab. Is that an acrylic that you applied before or after wrecking the forms?
    I think you're just seeing a 45-degree chamfer I added to the top outside corner of the slab.

    Here's a close-up of a corner, it might help clarify things:

    Last edited by mongota; 08-03-2018, 07:51 PM.

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  • kbartman
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    Originally posted by mongota View Post
    Thanks for the kind words.

    I have an old Red Lion mixer that I bought years ago, but it's on the fritz. That mixer has a roughly 8" long axle that threads into the back of the mixing barrel. Even with proper greasing, that axle is simply worn out, so there's a bit of wobble in the barrel as it rotates, causing the cogs on the perimeter of the mixing barrel to intermittently miss the gears of the drive motor.


    THAT will be a pain. You'll probably see more than one celebratory beer being consumed when that slab is done. lol
    Mongo,
    Below is a some info I pulled off the internet. I believe this is the guy I called to get parts to repair my mixer. I believe they are the same mixers. He only had a few left at the time, and at a very good price. The manufacture longer no sells these parts. Give him a call its worth a shot.


    Monarch Cement Mixers & Repair Parts - Ken's Distributing . .... Monarch industries red lion type b cement mixer parts ... To get all parts for th Big Cat cement Mixer By Redlion; here is the phone number: 1-800-575-1935, Ken's ...

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  • GianniFocaccia
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    With the top of the slab forms being about 36" above the ground I'll have to transfer the mix from the wheelbarrow to drywall buckets then hand-dump them into the form
    Thats how I poured my support slab (9.5" deep along the perimeter), and yes, there was a celebratory sixer after that little project.

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  • Gulf
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    Monago,
    "What they said" .

    I see a marked discoloration in the top inch or so of your slab. Is that an acrylic that you applied before or after wrecking the forms?
    Last edited by Gulf; 10-05-2014, 10:12 AM.

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  • mongota
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    Thanks for the kind words.

    I have an old Red Lion mixer that I bought years ago, but it's on the fritz. That mixer has a roughly 8" long axle that threads into the back of the mixing barrel. Even with proper greasing, that axle is simply worn out, so there's a bit of wobble in the barrel as it rotates, causing the cogs on the perimeter of the mixing barrel to intermittently miss the gears of the drive motor.

    For this oven project, it's all hand-mixing. It moves at a pretty good pace with my wheelbarrow and a masons hoe. I get into a pretty good rhythm when mixing by hand.

    The mix that will be a pain will be when forming up the slab going on top of the hearth. It'll probably be a 35 bag pour, with maybe one-fourth of the bags being pigmented for integral slab color. With the top of the slab forms being about 36" above the ground I'll have to transfer the mix from the wheelbarrow to drywall buckets then hand-dump them into the form.

    THAT will be a pain. You'll probably see more than one celebratory beer being consumed when that slab is done. lol

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  • kbartman
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    Originally posted by UtahBeehiver View Post
    Great start, you mixing all that concrete by hand just saw a wheelbarrow sitting in the back ground.
    Wow !!! Impressive pool setting. The Oven design will definitely complement all. Look forward to following you build.

    It's a shame your not a lot closer I have a cement mixer I picked up off of Craig's list that will be going back on the market soon. Surely you didn't hand mix all that Quik-crete If you did, I would not want to get in any tussle with you

    Good Luck,
    Last edited by kbartman; 10-05-2014, 09:45 AM.

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  • UtahBeehiver
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    Great start, you mixing all that concrete by hand just saw a wheelbarrow sitting in the back ground.

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  • mongota
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    The slab. I let it sit until it was pretty well set, then hit it hard with the trowel. It's about as flat as I could have gotten it and I'm happy with the finish. This is after misting it the next day:

    Last edited by mongota; 10-04-2014, 08:33 PM.

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  • mongota
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    I used 12" blocks for the two courses of mortared CMU that would end up below grade.



    With the two courses mortared in, I compacted backfill inside and out, then tied off the rebar.



    And yup...more Quikrete...22 bags worth.



    Followed by a beverage of my choice:

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  • mongota
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    Okay...some bad, but in the end, it's all good.

    Pulled out the sloped section of pool fence. Dug a hole that seemed to be more full of stone than earth. Oh, how I love Connecticut!



    The original plan was to use the earth as the form below grade and just do a perimeter wood form around just the top of the hole to create the finished edges of the slab on grade. Then have a concrete truck delivery come and do a monolithic pour, creating my entire foundation from footing to slab in one shot.

    That didn't happen. Concrete guys were apologetic. They've been running hard all summer. Got bumped up to a supervisor, his comment was why send out a truck with two yards when he can send out nine yard loads all day long? They gave me an estimate of two weeks, and admitted that even then it probably won't happen nd I should expect to get slipped.

    So...Quikrete is my friend!

    Instead of using the earth as my form as I had planned with a truck delivery, I wanted a more precise footing and stem wall volume so I could have an accurate bag count.

    So I poured the footings, then formed up the stem walls with old PT lumber I had in a scrap pile. I back-filled around the forms with earth to keep them from bowing, then started mixing bags and placing loads of mix. Final stem wall height is about 20" below grade.

    Since I'll be putting two courses of CMU on this, I didn't want a perfectly smooth surface. So it was lightly troweled with a wood trowel to maintain a bit of texture.

    Last edited by mongota; 10-02-2014, 11:46 AM.

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  • mongota
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    I used graph paper. You used paper with just horizontal lines? That IS old school. lol

    Doing some concrete today. Just came in for lunch. I do have a few photos to post. Got to get them uploaded first.

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  • UtahBeehiver
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    I am old school too, all my plans were on a college rule spiral note book.

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  • mongota
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    Originally posted by GianniFocaccia View Post
    Mongo,

    If you have the inclination, Sketchup...
    Excellent recommendation regarding Sketchup. I've dabbled with it many times over the years but I just never took the time to learn how to really use it.

    I travel for work and don't carry a laptop when I travel. When I'm on the road, that's when I do most of my project planning, which includes the drawing. And the erasing.

    I even built my house off of my pencil and graph paper hand-drawn plans.

    I'm usually quite late to the show when it comes to using certain forms of technology or software. Heck, I just got a smart phone last month.

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  • GianniFocaccia
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    I've used my eraser quite a bit, so there's a chance that dimensions in one drawing may not follow through perfectly to the next. It'll all be ironed out in the end
    Mongo,

    Love your backyard. A WFO will certainly be a nice addition and provide great place to get together.

    If you have the inclination, Sketchup provides a free version of their CAD software, which I used extensively in the design of my oven. Its easy to learn and because it keeps all the dimensions accurate automatically, it also forces you to look at design and construction parameters you may not have thought of until they came up - conveniently in the planning stage.

    Good luck in your build. Remember to post lots of pics.

    John

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