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I've been away from the industry too many years...

I've been away from the industry too many years to make brand-name recommendations. Although sticking with a well-known product line, such as Sika or Adhesive Engineering, is likely to bring better...
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To prevent frost-heaving of the footings, it's...

To prevent frost-heaving of the footings, it's important that what they're poured on is a well-draining and compacted base. And keeping surface water drainage away from the footings also helps...
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Quikrete 5000 (high strength) has been an...

Quikrete 5000 (high strength) has been an excellent performer, in my limited experience with it, going back close to 20 years. I suspect you might be mixing and placing it too wet, which can lead to...
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Save a dollar now to spend hundreds of dollars...

Save a dollar now to spend hundreds of dollars later? Sorry, but it makes no sense to me.

For long-term durability and best performance, go with reinforced concrete. End of discussion.

P.S....
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Cement (aka Portland cement) is a fluffy gray...

Cement (aka Portland cement) is a fluffy gray powder, that by itself has no structural strength. When combined with water and aggregates, it forms concrete.
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Panting exterior concrete is a total waste of...

Panting exterior concrete is a total waste of time and money. But if the Boss insists, turn her loose on it. As long as she agrees to maintain the painted surfaces.
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Backfilling and compacting (with gravel) will...

Backfilling and compacting (with gravel) will take care of the settlement issues, and the reinforced concrete top slab will seal things up nicely. Heavy wire mesh will work just fine instead of...
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Depending on your soil type, I think you could be...

Depending on your soil type, I think you could be asking for problems, by making the sides of your pond vertical, at the base. If the soil ever becomes saturated, the vertical areas will collapse...
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I'd split the 40'-dimension into quarters (10'...

I'd split the 40'-dimension into quarters (10' each), and break the other directions into thirds (32/3 = 10'-8", and 26/3 = 8'-8"). Don't wait too long, or the cracking may already have started.
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Going with marksr's idea would be best for...

Going with marksr's idea would be best for several reasons: it would give you a chance to place a deeper "footing" for supporting the post, and there would be little or no chance of your new post to...
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Based on the updated info, I don't believe air...

Based on the updated info, I don't believe air entrainment would be necessary. That's assuming things don't change, and lots of road salt isn't being tracked in by vehicles.
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If that schmutz was mine, I'd try a good mason's...

If that schmutz was mine, I'd try a good mason's rubbing brick on the heavy stuff, with a diluted acid mixture. And when diluting the stuff, ALWAYS add acid to water, never water to acid. Doing it...
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I've replaced several rotted-out wooden stubs...

I've replaced several rotted-out wooden stubs over the years. All it takes are knees that bend, a decent pair of knee pads, a heavy-duty electric drill with long bits, a set of "beater" chisels with...
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You're confusing me with contradictory comments...

You're confusing me with contradictory comments of "getting no water/more likely to see water freeze." My suggestion to use air was based on what I saw in the photo--an uninsulated pole barn with no...
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Sleep, I've seen that done, too, but have never...

Sleep, I've seen that done, too, but have never done it myself. Too easy to miss pulling out all of the wooden stakes when false forms are removed.

Rotting wood stakes make lousy reinforcement...
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The purpose of the false form is to provide a...

The purpose of the false form is to provide a temporary form (close to the foundation) for striking off the mud, parallel to the permanent outside form. It is pulled as the pour progresses, with the...
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I agree with Sleeper, with the top of the...

I agree with Sleeper, with the top of the expansion felt set to finished grade. If you are needing something to strike off of, set a line of 2 x 2 false-forms parallel to the felt and about 6" in...
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Temps in the mid-80s would be considerably better...

Temps in the mid-80s would be considerably better than the mid-90s. If it was my money paying for it, I'd call the ready-mix supplier and ask what measures they use to keep the mixes in their...
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It works best to leave the top of the backer rod...

It works best to leave the top of the backer rod about 5/8" below the finished surface. That way, you can place about 3/8" of liquid sealant, leaving the top of it about 1/4" below the riding...
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A common mistake by inexperienced finishers is to...

A common mistake by inexperienced finishers is to start working the surface before the bleed water has completely evaporated. The result will weaken the surface, making it prone to dusting and more...
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How thick is the slab? Too thin, and it may...

How thick is the slab? Too thin, and it may crack when subject to loading it wasn't designed for.

And don't forget weep holes--you don't want the planters to become water-saturated
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One option I can think of is divorce. If...

One option I can think of is divorce.

If that won't work, try snap-traps (on the mice, not the wife).
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I've found that a neat (meaning no other...

I've found that a neat (meaning no other additives) Portland cement slurry, about the consistency of heavy cream, is the best bonding agent available. It's cheap, easy to mix up and apply using a...
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If you want your new wooden stand to be less...

If you want your new wooden stand to be less noisy, consider filling it with dry play sand before you install the plywood top. The sand tends to quiet things down as it reduces the drum effect that...
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I think you should be more worried about the...

I think you should be more worried about the concrete overlay debonding from the parent concrete than a few cracks showing up. If you don't know what you are doing, it's easy to screw up an overlay....
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