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Old 05-13-2019, 11:30 AM
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I will be laying concrete block for the first time soon. After the blocks are in place I plan to fill the cavities with grout. As usual I have tried to develop ways to simplify (or sometimes complicate) the process.

This device was made from a used 10 gallon air tank. The idea is to fill the tank with grout while suspended vertically. The tank will then be lifted into place over the block with the loader or back hoe and the gate valve opened releasing the grout.

I have a funnel made that will be used in conjunction with this dumping pot.

It's a bit late for a design change but if anyone has a suggestion for improvement please feel free to express. As I said this is new to me.

The picture was taken while the pot was upside down showing the gate valve.
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Old 05-13-2019, 11:37 AM
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Close up of gate valve. The latch is also the handle. The latch is held in the striker under the force of its own deflection.
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Old 05-13-2019, 11:40 AM
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Old 05-13-2019, 12:37 PM
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Ought to work. The only comment I have is to use concrete. cheaper and stronger than most grouts.
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Old 05-13-2019, 12:45 PM
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The simplest grout pump sold is nothing more than a rubber diaphragm
boat bailing pump, bolted to a board to step on.

what you have there, I built one for a contractor friend, is called a "Tremie"
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Old 05-13-2019, 03:08 PM
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Are you using rebar as well? That looks a lot more convenient than the trowel I ladled my grout in with.

You can use a random orbital sander with a rubber pad to vibrate the blocks enough to get the grout to settle and bring air to the top.
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Old 05-14-2019, 08:54 AM
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The simplest grout pump sold is nothing more than a rubber diaphragm
boat bailing pump, bolted to a board to step on.

what you have there, I built one for a contractor friend, is called a "Tremie"
I was at one time considering a pump of sorts. I thought a piston type might work. I soon remembered the tractor loader, with it I can take advantage of gravity.
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Old 05-14-2019, 08:48 AM
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Ought to work. The only comment I have is to use concrete. cheaper and stronger than most grouts.
Yes I was planning to use concrete for those reasons. I suppose it wouldn't be much more difficult to install than grout.

I am indeed building a wall for a barn. There will be six courses of block four feet high.
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Old 05-15-2019, 07:54 AM
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Close up of gate valve. The latch is also the handle. The latch is held in the striker under the force of its own deflection.
Is there a need to be able to open the valve in either direction? I can see this setup bending slightly and losing it's "positivity". A simple "C" shaped receiver with an entry ramp for the handle may help it maintain the seal better?
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Old 05-15-2019, 09:09 AM
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Pretty nifty design.

When I built my shop, I put rebar (1/2 inch) in every other hole. The rebar'ed hole was filled with concrete, the open hole was filled with sand. The sand filling was topped with a sheet metal stopper, 2 1/2 courses short of the poured in place tie beam, really strengthened the wall at a modest added cost.

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