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Old 11-19-2014, 06:28 PM   #1 (permalink)
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sealing concrete like a boss

I am helping my new boss set up his bakery. We have been trying to seal the concrete seams. The line going vertically, if I can get this to post from my phone, is $21 minute sealer, which sealed faster than we could work, but would be okay if we had more time, just expensive. The lateral line is $7 sealer that takes an hour or two to start sealing, and that is just too much time for something to go wrong.

Do any of you have experience with this?


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Use the slow set and use a sheet of timber, ply, or even coroplast (cut into strips) to protect the seams while they set. Even just using bright coloured tape around the joints will serve as a reminder not to walk on them.
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Use the slow set and use a sheet of timber, ply, or even coroplast (cut into strips) to protect the seams while they set. Even just using bright coloured tape around the joints will serve as a reminder not to walk on them.
He put painter's tape along each side, but a power cord ran across and pulled out the sealant.
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Do you have some chairs, ladders, tables etc you can use to elevate the extension cords?
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Do you have some chairs, ladders, tables etc you can use to elevate the extension cords?
I guess that we could have suspended them from the ceiling, but hopefully he finished grinding the concrete.

I guess that he could have just been more careful. Don't you like advice like that? "Just don't get the cord in the concrete seal and you will be fine."
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He talked to someone at Home Depot who recommended a tub of what seemed to be quick-setting concrete, which seemed to work well. There was a two-foot section of the cheaper and slower-setting sealer that worked perfectly, but since the rest came out easily, I spent an inordinate amount of time shredding it with a knife.

One difference may have been that we swept and cleaned out the cracks with water and a shop vacuum. Perhaps the other sealer worked properly, it just bonded to a layer of dust.

Thank you for your assistance.

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