Concrete bends. And how it bends. How we, to the delight of neighbors, demolished the wall in the apartment. Very "good"

No matter how stone and durable concrete may seem, just like other building materials, it has some elasticity. Yes, deformations are very difficult to catch, but they are there. And quite tangible. This can play a very cruel joke. Like we have.

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Those living in Yekaterinburg know very well the "Kalinovsky Bridge", which is always clogged with slowly crawling cars, a place of constant traffic jams. If a traffic jam caught you in the middle, it is very funny to feel how the car starts to "bounce" slightly along with the road. It sways the heavy reinforced concrete trusses of the bridge. They "play" under passing cars.

- So that bridge, there are loads on it, hundreds of cars, - you say, - try to rock the reinforced concrete floor of the house in the same way.

Why not? I’ll still rock it. Of course, such a swing as on a bridge will not work, but we once managed to bend the slab quite successfully. I tell you how it was.

Once upon a time there was a wall in the place of the table
Once upon a time there was a wall in the place of the table

At one time, it became very fashionable to combine the living room and kitchen, turning them into a single space. A sort of guest area. There are a lot of opponents of such a union, but this is not us. We like. And therefore, having bought a new apartment, we decided to "replay" the space by removing a couple of walls.

For the advocates of legality and safety, I inform you that all alterations have been agreed, and permits have been received. Our apartment has been remodeled on a completely legal basis. Everything was registered as it should be and the documents were received. The planning changes have been officially incorporated into the house plan.

No sooner said than done. They invited a team of "foreign tourists" who, for a small amount and in one day, carefully sawed the plaster partition separating the kitchen from the room and carried it out into the street piece by piece. In the evening, we found only wires neatly hanging from the ceiling and a lonely radiator standing on bricks, which had previously been located on the demolished wall.

With this battery, we sipped grief in the future. It happened in the winter and the housing office categorically refused to turn off the riser for transferring pipes. So we lived until spring with a battery on bricks under the table. Only after the end of the heating season was it "bent" to the next wall.

We settled with foreigners and continued repairs. They did it quickly, it was necessary to vacate their old apartment for the new owners. We agreed only for a one-month grace period.

The walls were re-plastered, wallpaper was pasted, electrical wiring and water pipes were completely renewed, and laminate and tiles were laid on the floors. And we moved.

The first bell rang a month later, when we noticed that the sink hanging in the corner of the toilet had "imprinted" on the side wall, breaking the tiles. How this could have happened was absolutely incomprehensible. It feels like a brick wall has bent by itself. We were surprised and forgotten. Well, a small crack appeared on the tile and God bless it.

The sink "stuck" into the wall.
The sink "stuck" into the wall.

And a month later, a neighbor from below called me to visit. — Come, I'll show you what. I went.

The layout of the neighbor's apartment did not change and it was very funny. It seems that the apartment is the same, but completely different.

We went into the kitchen and I saw what was the reason for the visit. A gap 5 millimeters wide has formed between the kitchen wall and the ceiling. Everything immediately became clear. Including why the sink in our toilet "hit the wall".

No matter how light the gypsum partition separating the rooms was in terms of construction, its weight pressed the floor slab on which it stood. Having lost it, the stove gradually "raised up" slightly, breaking away from the neighboring wall. For the same reason, the wall of our toilet, standing on the same slab, slightly "bumped" onto the sink.

I had to apologize and offer to pay for the damage. It's good that the neighbor turned out to be a gentle person and said that he was going to make repairs anyway, so we don't have to worry.

So, no matter how strong and "reinforced concrete" floor slabs seem, they are quite elastic. Keep this in mind and be sure to take it into account. For example, by placing an aquarium weighing half a ton in your home, you may well ruin the neighbor's repair, even if it does not leak.

Have you ever faced such a thing? With the flexibility of concrete structures. Tell me, it's interesting.

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