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Re: Have you heard of watering your foundation?

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You've received a number of excellent responses to your question concerning the soil under your brother's foundation.  Rereading your message could bring a different interpretation:

If, (when the slab is poured) you don't (cure with) water (or other means) the concrete, it somehow loses (or never gets it's) strength and (causes shrinkage and) cracks.

Neil Moore, S.E.
neil moore and associates
shingle springs, ca

At 11:46 AM 11/18/02 -0500, you wrote:
I was asked this question by my brother who is building a house in the Dallas area. I am a structural engineer in New York state and my response was- What? Why? I have not heard of this practice and neither has anyone I work with. The people he has spoken to (who are not engineers) say that if you don't water the concrete it somehow loses strength and cracks. The only thing I can figure is that the clay soil there has not been preconsolidated by glaciers as it has here and the moisture is kept up to prevent consolidation and settlement of the house. Am I on the right track?

Bruce C. Trobridge PE
Senior Building Structural Engineer
NYS - Office of General Services
(518) 486-1749