Shotcrete / by Travis Avery

We witness many interesting processes during the construction of any given project.  Recently we were on site as the crew of Austin Custom Pools shot the gunite for a privacy wall postioned next to the new swimming pool at the Clark House.  Typically used to form the walls of pools, shotcrete (Gunite is a proprietary term) is a process of spraying a very dry concrete mix through a hose at high velocity.  A nozzleman controls the addition of water as it is sprayed in place.  The application is fast, and the compressive strength of cured shotcrete is extremely high. 

Dry shotcrete mix going into the hopper out on the street.

Dry shotcrete mix going into the hopper out on the street.

Water and shotcrete lines make their way into the back yard  

Water and shotcrete lines make their way into the back yard

 


Shotcrete process complete.  A more precise shape (but still rough) is achieved by hand-shaping the concrete while still wet.  This wall will receive a finish application of exterior plaster.