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Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by newyorkin, Sep 19, 2004.

  1. newyorkin

    newyorkin 1 ton status

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    I had an 80lb bag of Sakrete left over from a March project, and I used it last night in my bathroom floor to replace concrete I'd removed. I actually have been using joint mortar, but ran out at 11pm and had to use the concrete.

    Normally, the Mortar seems to be cured enough to walk on by the next day. This sakrete seems to still look wet, and I figured it would be ready by now. It still seems like if I walk on it, I'll mess up the finish at least. I shoved a screwdriver in it today, after 12 hours of curing, and it went in and broke up the concrete a little there. Does mortar just cure faster in general?
    I'm thinking I may have mixed the cement too wet. Is it normal for it to still be this soft?

    I'm kicking myself today. I should've just waited til I could go get more mortar today...
     
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    quite possible you used too much water; hence the slow cure time.....you could just use styrofoam on the floor and walk on that. it won't mess up your finish. the krete should cure w/in 24 hrs.
     
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    Haven't used sakcrete in a while but regular portland cement concrete will take 28 days to completely cure. What's the label on the bag say?
     
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    Concrete curing is a chemical reaction not a drying process. It should be cured enough to walk on after about 12 hrs. in 24 hrs it should be pretty hard. By 7 days it is about 50% of its design strength. From 7 to 28 days it keeps getting stronger, it's just that the cure speed reduces.
     
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    So did it cure yet Ratch???Or you still have a mud hole in the bathroom...? /forums/images/graemlins/rotfl.gif /forums/images/graemlins/rotfl.gif /forums/images/graemlins/rotfl.gif
     
  6. newyorkin

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    I don't know, I got tied up in another prject and haven't been in that room to check it... Thanks for topping this, though, you reminded me I have to get more mortar if I hit Home Depot today.

    Home sick again...
     

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