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Hypertufa How to Tips and Techniques

Hypertufa How to Tips and Techniques

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Hypertufa How to Everything You'll Need to Know to Successfully Produce Beautiful Hypertufa Creations. Hypertufa Recipes, glossary, hypertufa pots, how to make hypertufa trough, hypertufa balls and how to make your own hypertufa container.
Hypertufa How to Everything You'll Need to Know to Successfully Produce Beautiful Hypertufa Creations. Hypertufa Recipes, glossary, hypertufa pots, how to make hypertufa trough, hypertufa balls and how to make your own hypertufa container.

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Hypertufa Tips and Techniques 
What is Hypertufa?
Well, Hypertufa is an artificial stone used for making,amongst other things, garden ornaments, pots andtroughs. It is made from various aggregates and bonded
together with Portland cement. It‘s used as a alternative
to natural tufa, which is a slowly precipitated limestonerock.A Hypertufa pot is very porous which makes it good forplant growth. It is also fairly light in comparison to otherpots made from terra cotta or concrete and can copewith low temperatures down to -30C.
 
Hypertufa Tips and Techniques 
Hypertufa Glossary
The following is a glossary of terms used when making Hypertufa. If you thinkthere is something missing from the list please add a comment below.
Accelerator
 
 –
Ingredient added to increase the hydration and to shorten the setand cure times.
Admix
 
 –
See Admixture.
Admixture
 
 –
Generic term for any non-bulk material added to Hypertufa. It is alsoan abbreviation for acrylic bonding admixture, which increases strength whilereducing moisture absorption in Hypertufa.
Aggregate
 
 –
Any dry bulk material added to Hypertufa other than Portland cementand sand.
Air Entraining Agent
 
 –
An ingredient that can be added to a Hypertufa mixwhich captures miniature air bubbles during the mixing process. This reduces theharmful effects of freeze-thaw cycles.
Alginate
 
 –
A one time use mould making material used primarily for body casting.
Armature
 
-
A ―skeleton‖ or support structure for large Hypertufa projects.
 
Bug Holes
 
 –
Small holes found in Hypertufa castings caused by air bubbles.
Casting
 
 –
The end product of the moulding process.
Cement
 
 –
See Portland cement.
 
Hypertufa Tips and Techniques 
Chicken Wire
 
 –
A light galvanized wire fencing usually made with relatively large-sized hexagonal mesh. Can be layered around an armature to hold the Hypertufamix in place and strengthen the structure.
Closed-Cell Foam
 
 –
A hard, non-absorbent foam.
Compressive Strength
 
 –
The ability of Hypertufa to to withstand a downwardforce or to sustain a heavy weight.
Concrete
 
 –
A mix of Portland cement, sand and water. The standard constructionrecipe calls for one part Portland cement to three parts sand/shingle.
Concrete Admix
 
 –
See Admixture.
Cure
 
 –
The process by which Hypertufa hardens; dependent on sufficient hydrationand temperature.
DWT
 
 –
Drywall tape.
Efflorescence
 
 –
Salts which leach out of Hypertufa during the curing process.
Faux Bois
 
 –
Imitation wood (French).
Form
 
 –
Mould used for setting the outside shape.
Grot
 
 –
An Abbreviation of grotesque, They look like gargoyles but instead of beingused as rain spouts they are used as planters.
Green
 
 –
Uncured.
HWM
 
 –
Hardware mesh, cloth. Used to reinforce larger Hypertufa projects.
Hydration
 
 –
The chemical reaction between water and Portland cement.
Model
 
- An original piece used to make a mould.

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