I know how much concrete, concrete block, rebar, brick, mortar, hardibacker (concrete board), and stucco went into each stage of construction (I forgot to note the number of bags of concrete for the hearth but I can approximately extrapolate it from the foundation which is geometrically similar). This means I can make a reasonable estimate of the weight of the entire structure.

But for a weight-estimate, I'm not sure if I'm supposed to count all the water that went into the concrete, mortar, and stucco. I understand that concrete doesn't "dry out", but rather that it "sets", but ultimately, what does that mean in terms of water retention or loss -- is the water actually retained forever, or does it work its way entirely out of the cement such that years later, the total weight is only that of the cement and not of the water that was mixed into it?

Thanks.

But for a weight-estimate, I'm not sure if I'm supposed to count all the water that went into the concrete, mortar, and stucco. I understand that concrete doesn't "dry out", but rather that it "sets", but ultimately, what does that mean in terms of water retention or loss -- is the water actually retained forever, or does it work its way entirely out of the cement such that years later, the total weight is only that of the cement and not of the water that was mixed into it?

Thanks.

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