How to Make Concrete Garden Furniture and Accessories

How to Make Concrete Garden Furniture and Accessories

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1917 edition. Excerpt: ...are only four to eight feet above the ground, the wood superstructure can be at tached to the concrete walls in the same manner as described before for connecting a wood building to the concrete foundation. SIMPLE COLUMNS AND POSTS The new worker in concrete can produce simple columns and posts required for the garden by closely following the brief directions here given. To construct columns, excavate below the frost line and build forms two feet square to within six inches of the surface of the ground. Fill with concrete, one part cement, two and one-half parts clean coarse sand and five parts broken stone or screened gravel, not over one inch in size, and tamp or puddle carefully. From the center of this foundation build a hollow form one foot square and to desired height, and fill with concrete of same mixture. Before the form is filled--in fact, before setting it--place four steel bars 'A inch in diameter vertically so that they are about two inches inside the corners, and around them, at intervals of one foot, wind loops of % or '/1 inch wire, tying these to the steel rods with fine wire. Make the concrete soft and mushy, so that it will just flow and as it is poured into the top of the mold, work a long paddle, made like the oar of a rowboat, against the forms to force the stones away from the surface and drive out bubbles of air which tend to adhere to the boards and form pockets of stone. A column 10 inches square, the smallest size it is usually desirable to build unless it is quite short, will safely support 15 tons, or 30,000 pounds. CONCRETE GARDEN WALKS AND STEPPING STONES The laying of a concrete sidewalk is a sufficiently common problem for the concrete worker. Before laying the concrete a foundation of porous...show more

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  • Paperback | 30 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 73g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123696909X
  • 9781236969095