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Thread: DIY bioball/milk crate Bakki

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    Tosai
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    Using a standard circular saw is not going to be the best thing to use. If you have a discount tool store near you like Harbor Freight I would go and buy a 7" grinder and a diamond cutting blade. This will have a lot of power, and will get through half of the block wall. Cut 3" slits in the block and tap out the pieces as you go. Make sure you pull the grinder towards you. If you go in the same direction that it want to go you will end up hurting the rest of the concrete that you don't want to cut or yourself.

    The best thing you can do is call local concrete cutting companies and see if they will do this small job for you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by UP ALL NIGHT!! View Post
    Third photo- Why is the mortar blue?

    I've been told by my civil engineer at work it could be because of two reasons.

    1. Mortar mix often includes fly ash as an add mixture to reduce shrinkage. The fly ash (byproduct of coal plants) does this by increasing the workability of cement while reducing water demand. Less water means less shrinkage. Some fly ash contain small amounts of sodium sulfate scale that can be highly deleterious and may turn blue over the years.

    2. Motar intrinsic permeability may have lead to long term sodium can also lead to blue concrete or motar

    Either way, it leads to good concrete strong concrete that is very difficult to cut or break.

    On a side note, the Romans were first to use flyash in concrete.

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    Talking My Guys.

    Hi Guys, I have been busy. I hope I did not screw anything up! So here go the pictures.
    I took off the flagstone. Patched the corner. Removed the liner.
    Built the frame for the shower.

    Now that I am too decrepit to lower the height, I raised the drain.
    Now to find cheap fill dirt for delivery.

    I have a ton of questions about the liner, drain (Rhino), how to install the weir and what I need to buy. I did get a nice diamond saw blade. I will be making notches in the concrete block to hold the showers frame.

    We have had so much rain that there are puddles in the grass. The ground is saturated. I live in a swamp and this is the swampiest I have seen.
    Thanks for the help!
    Oh, My goal is to have kick but DIY filtration so I can feed my fish!
    Lori

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    Unhappy I hurt my back.

    My photo issue is gone?

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    sorry

    Here is the photos. I have to resize the other.

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    What not to do.

    I'm going nuts. Lori

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    ?

    Filling the pit with soil. Still need more.

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    Talking Good old days.

    Help please. The koi are fine its everything else is a mess! Lori


    P.S. I have put it all on the table What in the hell do I do now???
    I have a future class B champion raise!!!!
    Jezzy!!

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    Lori,

    You're doing great!

    I say you have been very very busy. Keep up the excellent work.

    I'm not sure how the saw cut went, I didn't realize that you were cutting so much. Hopefully I didn't put you off in the wrong direction.

    Different solutions for different sized jobs.

    Motown

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    Talking Your good!! Thanks!

    No, you were good. It was my limatations. Patience, Age and situation. I need a new pond. Hubby is a mgr. at a Ford store. You know what that may mean.
    If we have to bail I will pack up the koi, birds and move to a red state. I've been eyen a house that allready has a pond. Lori

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