Use this CSI 3 part SimpleSpecs™ master specification to specify cast-in-place concrete paving for use in vehicular and pedestrian areas, with various finishes.
Paving thicknesses and locations and details of expansion and control joints may be indicated on the drawings; coordinate as required.
Reinforcing steel comes in two types:
– Deformed bars provide an irregular surface that bonds with the concrete, preventing slippage. Bars can be bent to required shape and connected by wire tying or welding.
– Welded wire mesh uses wires placed in a rectangular pattern and welded at the intersections. This type of reinforcing is commonly used for concrete flatwork.
In climatic conditions where rusting of the reinforcing is anticipated, galvanized or epoxy-coated reinforcing can be used.
The simplest concrete mix includes Portland cement, aggregate, and water. Varying the amount of each ingredient results in changes to compressive strength, slump, and finishing characteristics. Additives also change the concrete’s characteristics.
Concrete must be protected from moisture loss until it obtains its final characteristics, a process called “curing”. Curing is done using several methods:
– Curing compound: A chemical compound is applied to the concrete immediately after placement. This is typically used on slabs and flatwork.
– Curing paper: A special paper is placed over the concrete immediately after finishing.
– Wet curing: Concrete is kept moist by wetting with clean water.
Many other concrete finishes are available beyond what is included in this section, including:
– Exposed aggregate: Specially selected small aggregate is placed in the concrete mix. After placement, the surface is washed with clean water to remove the overlying cement matrix. Alternatively, the aggregate may be “seeded” onto the wet concrete surface and embedded by rolling prior to the concrete set.
– Surface retarded: A chemical compound that delays the concrete set is applied to the concrete immediately after floating and troweling. After the lower concrete sets and the surface has achieved the desired look, the chemical compound is washed off.
– Salted: After the concrete is floated and troweled rock salt is broadcast over the surface and allowed to pit the surface to the desired look, then washed off.
– Sandblasted: Concrete is floated and troweled, then allowed to set. The surface is then sandblasted to a predetermined depth and exposure of aggregate.
– Patterned or stamped: After the concrete is floated and troweled a pattern is pressed into the surface using mats or tools.
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The SimpleSpecs™ master specs concept
Design professionals are accustomed to seeing lengthy project specifications, so why is SimpleSpecs™ so short?
Specifications have grown evermore wordy over the years for several reasons:
The mistaken belief that specifications must be lengthy and legal-sounding to be enforceable. In fact, quite the opposite is true. Having shorter, easily understood specifications makes us less likely to have problems in the field.
A belief that having lots of words protects us from a Contactor making mistakes. There is no way to include enough statements to protect yourself from a bad contractor, regardless of the length of your specification.
Our desire to be in control of the project by specifying means and methods instead of including simple, enforceable statements.
Easier to Edit
SimpleSpecs™ is written as a series of Microsoft word files that include statements that affect construction costs or overall quality and are far simpler to edit than other master specification systems.
Each SimpleSpecs™ specification section is non-proprietary and includes three manufacturers that meet the specified reference standards, descriptive, or performance-based requirements. They are written to allow any listed manufacturers to provide the specified products.
Hidden Guide Text
Each SimpleSpecs™ specification section includes hidden text to inform and guide users in editing the specifications to suit project conditions.
SimpleSpecs™ sections are edited using pre-defined options that are contained in [brackets] or by selecting optional text separated by "OR" statements. Paragraph and page numbering are included as automatic codes, eliminating the need to renumber when revisions are made manually. Global changes to headers, footer, terms, font colors and phrases are easily updated using a third-party search and replace software, available through ZeroDocs.com.