Ten years ago, when the construction of the house slowly entered into the final phase, the question arose in all its immeasibility: what material to make tracks on the site.
The yard was flooded with a concrete tie, but the tracks also pour the concrete, to be honest, I didn’t really want. Therefore, it was decided to shove the passage to the greenhouse with paving slabs. After watching the rollers from YouTube, I decided to throw off and buy for two forms for the production of paving slabs.
Everything is so easily on the video!
And since they were able, then we can.
No sooner said than done. True, in our city such forms were not to buy, so in the form I had to go to Yekaterinburg, and this is 600 km. There and the same back. Of the four springs, the workbench and the engine from the washing machine were collected vibrationtol. Purchased by checkout, the cement brand M500 and … rushed.
For a month and a half, as Jamshut and Ravshan, I just did from the morning to the evening and did that Mesili, vibrated, washed the mold, shaped tiles. The last we were given with great difficulty. Already the finished tile really did not want to get out of the forms.
What we just did not!
And smeared with special lubricants, splashed silicone, heated in the bath. In the end, I spat and drove to the nearest zhby plant to talk to the workers. I was lucky, I managed to find a master who took up to help our grief and for a small money, he agreed to come to us and showed what we were mistaken.
Looking at our work, the master gave a lot of valuable advice. One of which concerned how to extend the service life of homemade (and any other) paving slabs at times.
My test, the Council seemed too vigorous and long, he did not turn his tile so much. I followed the advice.
The fact is that the homemade pavement tile and in general any tile or blocks that are not pressed, but simply pour into the forms very short-lived material. Frost resistance of such a tile does not exceed 50 cycles.
Many people think that 50 cycles are 50 years old.
In fact, it is not so!
If the weather is not lucky and undergoing spring or autumn, then 50 cycles of freezing / thawing the tile may pass over the year or even less. And for the second year he is tritely begins to collapse.
How to protect it? The essence of the method is as follows:
After the party of homemade paving slabs is ready, it is necessary to put it with stacks in large opaque plastic bags,
After that, pour into these bags at half a bucket of water,
Add half a glass of any hydrophobic impregnation (they are sold in 5-10 liters on any market or in a construction store),
Bags are tied and set up in the sun.
Outdoor Sun bags with tiles must begged at least 16 days, and better 24 days. Under the influence of sunlight in bags, a kind of water sauna is obtained. Water and hydropobicator impregnate the tile entirely, penetrating very deeply inside.
This processing is at times increases the lifetime of paving slabs.
As I said, the father-in-law did not obey the Council, since he wanted to urgently put his part of the tile in the yard. Well, that, the owner — Barin. I did not rush and decided to follow the advice of the master.
But, the most interesting, the test for the last meters did not have enough material and he asked for some of my tile loan. The result you see on the second photo.
The whole tile that was not collapsed is mine, everything that is eaten by the weather is a test. And tile, notice, was only two years old. This year «fell apart» and my tile. She stood for almost 9 years. So the method is working. Verified personally!