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Wet carving Aerated Concrete?
Eichlerholic
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Joined: Nov 18, 2004
Posts: 9
From: Newark, CA
Posted: 2006-03-21 12:59 pm   Permalink

My name is Wally Fields. You may know me as the "Eichlerholic". I am about to start my aerated concrete carving adventure. Perhaps you've heard of this material.
I wanted to ask if anyone knew if it would harm the concrete to be exposed to some moisture, before sealing. I plan to mist my block before -and during- carving, to alleviate the dust hazard. I'm also wearing a NIOSH mask.
Let me know if you know. Looks like a lot of fun in any case.

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rodeotiki
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Joined: Jan 21, 2004
Posts: 1513
From: calgary
Posted: 2006-03-21 1:04 pm   Permalink

I would start with this , and this . there is lots of info on AAC here and lots of great info. There is more , I just did a search for AAC or aerated.

Good luck and post lots of pics

edited to oops I didnt mean to come off that way
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Eichlerholic
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Joined: Nov 18, 2004
Posts: 9
From: Newark, CA
Posted: 2006-03-21 3:26 pm   Permalink

Thanks, Tiki Socialite. So far, didn't find anything specifically related to wet carving there, but I'll keep checking.
By the way, for any who'd like to share costs of shipping of AAC blocks, I live in the SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA. So let me know!


 
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hewey
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Joined: Sep 14, 2004
Posts: 4278
From: Sydney, Australia
Posted: 2006-03-22 04:30 am   Permalink

Haven't tried the wet carving, but sounds like a reasonable suggestion. Be carefull of making sludge and that getting into the pores of the AAC too. Let it fuly dry out before sealing.
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Eichlerholic
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From: Newark, CA
Posted: 2006-03-22 08:02 am   Permalink

Hmmm... sludge in the pores. Guess if I wiped the block off periodically. Or sprayed the water pretty hard. Be ironic if sludge were the perfect sealer.

 
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freddiefreelance
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Joined: Feb 15, 2003
Posts: 2990
From: San Diego, Ca.
Posted: 2006-03-22 09:11 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2006-03-22 08:02, Eichlerholic wrote:
Hmmm... sludge in the pores. Guess if I wiped the block off periodically. Or sprayed the water pretty hard. Be ironic if sludge were the perfect sealer.


Maybe try blowing the sludge off with compressed air?
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Palama Tiki
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Joined: Mar 01, 2005
Posts: 349
From: Lake Wales, Florida
Posted: 2006-03-22 12:46 pm   Permalink

Hey Wally:

I carved a piece of AAC when it was damp from rain and i really didn't like the wet texture. i don't think that spraying it down will help much, but experimentation never hurts.

post your results and let us know.


 
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