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flamingoezz

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Concrete Pad
« on: June 09, 2019, 08:19:39 pm »
I poured my cement pad today. It looks pretty level -- 1/8 - 1/4" slope per 4ft. I noticed though that there is a bit of a dip in the center (around 1/2" in spots).  Its supposed to rain tomorrow so I'll have an idea if water is going to pool there.  Structurally is this an issue for hot tubs? Not sure how the bracing in a tub is set up -- it is Artesian Island Elite if that matters.

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« on: June 09, 2019, 08:19:39 pm »

Tman122

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Re: Concrete Pad
« Reply #1 on: June 10, 2019, 07:12:30 am »
Yes it's a problem! Pour a leveling compound on it.
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bud16415

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« Reply #2 on: June 10, 2019, 09:14:02 am »
I agree. Your tub has an ABS base so water pooling under it wouldn’t be as big of a problem as a tub without, but I would also want full support below the tub.

Now is the time to do it when it is fresh, clean and new and there isn’t a tub on top.   

flamingoezz

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Re: Concrete Pad
« Reply #3 on: June 10, 2019, 10:48:00 am »
Thanks for the input. Tub doesn't arrive for 3-4 more weeks so I'll tackle smoothing it out before then. Is there a recommended product for tubs? I'm hoping I can just skim coat to fill low spots rather than add 1/4-1/2" to the slab height

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Re: Concrete Pad
« Reply #4 on: June 10, 2019, 04:54:58 pm »
This product can be bought at your local home center apron and vest places.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0bKfX3uejEM

flamingoezz

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Re: Concrete Pad
« Reply #5 on: June 10, 2019, 08:04:38 pm »
That stuff looks more like silly putty than cement. Anyone use it for this purpose? Can you screed it like cement and then just smooth it out? does it self level at all?

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Re: Concrete Pad
« Reply #6 on: June 10, 2019, 08:51:37 pm »
Upon further review it looks like the worst dips are around 1/4" with a majority being around 1/8".  Given that concrete has rocks in it, i'd imagine most of it is not 100% flat. Is this within tolerance or am I still needing a trip to the home store?

I uploaded some photos to google drive for reference: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1-1R8LSyKEFH9DLRKtMKQcbTcOHRa0FJU

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Re: Concrete Pad
« Reply #7 on: June 11, 2019, 07:47:06 am »
It looks to me like the dips are not so bad. I would worry more about the texture. Most concrete is finished after it is poured and the process of working the surface takes the larger stones down and floats the cream to the top producing a smooth surface.

The tub empty weighs around 800 pounds and with water about 6000. when they install it they will slide it and I would be afraid of the course surface being hard on the ABS pan.

Talk to the installers and see what they say.     

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Re: Concrete Pad
« Reply #8 on: June 12, 2019, 01:02:02 pm »
Based upon the provided information, it looks fine to me.

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Re: Concrete Pad
« Reply #9 on: June 16, 2019, 04:54:14 pm »
That's a pretty rough surface.  Why didn't you smooth it out?

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