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    04-27-2013, 06:30 PM
  #11
Yearling
Well the barn IS VERY old-over 70 years. Does it still have a 100 year life span? The concrete floor seems to have broken in half halfway accross the floor(the crack isnt very wide) and then another wider crack runs perpendicular to it. I think water comes between the cracks-no I mean horse urine.... Would filling in the cracks prevent that?
     
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    04-27-2013, 10:03 PM
  #12
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Re age of the barn: If it is structurally sound, it will last you for your lifetime.

Re concrete cracks: If you 'water proof' the cracks, then yes the urine wouldn't run into it. However, I think the cracks originally started because of the ground freezing and thawing which in turn causes the ground to shrink and swell which in turn forces the concrete to shift (which is rigid and not flexible) and thus started the cracking -- that is a reality in Canadian winters.
     
    04-28-2013, 02:51 PM
  #13
Yearling
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Originally Posted by Chevaux    
Re age of the barn: If it is structurally sound, it will last you for your lifetime.

Re concrete cracks: If you 'water proof' the cracks, then yes the urine wouldn't run into it. However, I think the cracks originally started because of the ground freezing and thawing which in turn causes the ground to shrink and swell which in turn forces the concrete to shift (which is rigid and not flexible) and thus started the cracking -- that is a reality in Canadian winters.
Even with the concrete cracks? The guy who built the barn passed away a long time ago but he sure did a good job on the barn.
Would filling in the cracks stop the concrete from coming apart at the cracks?
     
    04-28-2013, 03:39 PM
  #14
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From what you've said, at this point, it doesn't sound like the cracks are that bad so they are not likely to affect the building structure. It also depends how the floor was put in to begin with - sometimes the walls are built first and then the concrete is poured after and is independent of the walls.

There's two things here on the cracks: 1) if the cracks are the result of ground heaving, then a little patch wouldn't do - you'd have to do a serious rehab on the floor to make them go away (time and money!); or, 2) the ground may have shifted as much as it is going to do and, if so, the cracks will not get any worse so they could be left alone. Probably the best thing to do for the time being is monitor the situation for awhile (time wise, we're talking months not days) to see if there is change and make up an action plan then.
     
    04-28-2013, 05:03 PM
  #15
Yearling
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Originally Posted by Chevaux    
From what you've said, at this point, it doesn't sound like the cracks are that bad so they are not likely to affect the building structure. It also depends how the floor was put in to begin with - sometimes the walls are built first and then the concrete is poured after and is independent of the walls.

There's two things here on the cracks: 1) if the cracks are the result of ground heaving, then a little patch wouldn't do - you'd have to do a serious rehab on the floor to make them go away (time and money!); or, 2) the ground may have shifted as much as it is going to do and, if so, the cracks will not get any worse so they could be left alone. Probably the best thing to do for the time being is monitor the situation for awhile (time wise, we're talking months not days) to see if there is change and make up an action plan then.
Ok, I think the cracks were like that when we moved here 5 years ago, but I'll keep an eye on them--just in case.
     
    05-04-2013, 12:48 PM
  #16
Foal
Go over to Menards or Lowes and pickup a couple of tubes of Concrete Crack filler and a large caulk gun to handle the large tubes. The stuff is very flexible/ water proof and will easily fill a crack like you describe. If you have an area that is very deep fill it first with some sand up to about 1/2" from floor level then fill it with concrete caulk. This stuff is concrete colored and will prevent the crack from constantly collecting debris/liquids. Good stuff.
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