June 02, 2014
Board-formed Concrete: The Results
Good solid concrete with wood grain, and horizontal raised lines.
Despite our issues during the pour, things look great.
Those metal tabs sticking out will be snapped off flush to the face of the wall.
This corner has a good bit more height than will be ultimately visible - the excavator got a bit carried away when roughing-out the driveway.
The idea is that a door sill is recessed a bit lower than the floor level, so that its thickness is closer to level with the floor.
Normally, the concrete would flow under the insert and fill beneath it nicely. Our overly-stiff concrete mix did not quite do so, and left voids in the middle.
Luckily, these locations are not highly visible - both have concrete steps poured in front of them, which will help to conceal the blemish when patched.
Overall the stem walls are a success, and we are very happy with them.
Now if the we can just get the next big hurdle, the slab (our finished floor!), to turn out well...