Oh that delicious chocolate bar with the light and airy honeycomb centre…Although I never liked it at all I have a lasting memory of my Grandmother syphoning boxes of the stuff from the working men’s club for me to ‘enjoy’.
Fast forward to today and the airy honeycomb centre is reserved for cast concrete walls and contractors scratching their heads for a solution. I’m writing this blog because recently there has been a spate of Honeycombing problems that have been compounded by carrying out knee jerk reaction repairs. In panic mode swathes of decent concrete surfaces have been lost in refacing walls and columns. Blowholes obliterated, joint and board lines lost and surface flatness and tone compromised! In effect the concrete has been lost to a bag and a half of full cream fairing coats.
However…Honeycombing might look and taste awful but it’s no big deal to fix so in the wise words of the Cadbury’s Caramel Bunny: “take it easy.”
When I first dabbled in concrete I found (in hindsight) that I was often sold a product, provided with technical help to use that product but not afforded the necessary inquisitive mind to delve further into what I really wanted to achieve. Over time I developed telephonic relations with some sturdy support, like-minded folk whose cornerstone has been to solve. Gems our industry and craft. Here’s a personal appreciation of some of these lovely people who by nature will go beyond the call of duty. This list is of course only brief. How great it would be one day if we could have a “Yellow Pages Of Architectural Concrete”. My copy would start with:
Has a whole warehouse dedicated to testing diamond polishing of all types of natural stone, concrete and terrazzo. They hand-build polishing machines akin to a Spitfire. Technical white coats and safety glasses are very apparent. Derek, his crew and the Aladdin’s cave of diamond is something to behol...