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close this bookSelf-Help Construction of 1-Story Building (Peace Corps, 1977, 235 p.)
close this folderDirections for construction
close this folderConstruction of foundation footings
View the documentDigging the foundation trench
View the documentFormwork for Footings
View the documentMaking the concrete for foundation footings
View the documentPouring concrete for foundation footings
View the documentCuring concrete footings
View the documentReinforced footings

Curing concrete footings

The strength and water-tightness of concrete improve with age. Proper "curing. is important to get the aging process started well.

As concrete hardens, the water in the mix gradually evaporates. ' Prolonging that process increases the strength and water-tightness of concrete.

Immediately after the concrete has set, put a wet covering over it. The covering may be made with wet burlap bags, or a thin layer of wet sand, or wet straw. The covering should be sprinkled with water 2 or 3 times a day for at least 7 days.

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