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Will concrete dry in the rain?

Postby Mark Assimakopoulos » Sat Nov 08, 2008 10:42 pm

Sorry this may seem a very stupid question. I have embarked on my first propa DIY task, creating a decking area in the back garden.

Long story short I have dug 3 trenches which will hold the uprights on which to build the frame which will in turn have the decking laid upon.

Today I have positioned all the uprights in the trench's which have been filled with cement mix, and a whole lot of it. It's been raining this evening and it's occurred to me that perhaps I should have this covered.

Can anyone confirm for me if this is a necessity or will it still set ok?

Many thanks

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Postby Cala Sona » Mon Nov 10, 2008 9:51 am

Concrete sets by chemical action, not by drying out. In fact concrete that dries slowly in damp weather will be stronger than concrete which has dried quickly on a hot day.
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Postby welsh brickie » Mon Nov 10, 2008 10:56 am

yes it will set ok
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Postby Mark Assimakopoulos » Mon Nov 10, 2008 6:58 pm

Many thanks for your comments, that puts my mind at ease..

Especially as it's been nailing down all day :lol:
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