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    My first and hopefully last steam explosion

    Was attempting to break down a car rim using a weed burner attachment for my propane tank. KABOOOM!image.jpg

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    Yup. Concrete steam explosion. I have never seen one that big! Nice. Good thing you are okay! Concrete is easy to fix...
    I got tired of being told what I can't do...

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    I have spilled some metal on concrete, but not had an explosion yet.
    I think it is becaue my concrete is too crappy to explode.

    It seems like high strength quality concrete is more prone to the explosion thing.

    I have seen videos, and I see your picture, so I am certainly a believer in concrete exploding.

    I try to put down dry sand or fire bricks if I think I may spill molten metal.

    Pat J

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    I just pour in grass. It grows back!
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    I would think you would have a hard time effectively breaking down a rim that way. I see that you did some damage to it though. The heat really moves through that stuff pretty quickly. Maybe getting an area up to hotshort and just breaking some off a bit at a time. Maybe that's what you had in mind.
    Sorry about your driveway. I hope that flip flop wasnt on your foot before the explosion! Lol!

    Pete

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    Interesting that it all most made a perfectly round hole...
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    Perfectly round due to shape of the rim. Bag of quikrete and a few how to videos and I'll have it good as new

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    Nice! Finally a good example of concrete spalling.
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    Pretty cheap way to learn a big lesson.
    Way back in the early 70s, the State of Wisconsin experimented with pouring concrete highways without expansion joints. On one extremely hot day, a friend of mine was driving a semi on one of said highways. He was in the wrong place at the right time and about a ten foot chunk of the concrete exploded in front of him. He walked away but the Kenworth didn't. Hood, grille, radiator, bumper, fenders, windshield, even tore up the Themo-King. Lots of concrete sawing going on after it happened a couple of times on the same stretch of road.
    What is that squeaking noise?

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    I have concrete floors in my shop and I put down hardie panel sheets which is a concrete sheet material. It protects the floor nicely and it only leaves a mark it you pour more than shot glass worth of molten bronze on it. Slag doesnt even discolor it. It comes in 5/16" sheets and is light enough that you could lay it on the grass while you work and then put it away later.

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