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Proper concrete pouring will call for the right tools and the knowledge of using them to get the best results possible. One can pour concrete on a new place or replace old concrete with new concrete.
In case you have old concrete, just cut it using a saw blade to remove it with ease. After that, it is time to prepare the ground again to install a new one. First, add some base and make it compact so that the current slab does not sink or have other related problems.
For a fresh ground, have a layer of gravel or bunk so that it drains quickly when wet. Ensure the soil under the slab is compact either mechanically or has remained untouched for a very long time to be in good shape. Once that is done, you need to prepare concrete forms. Have enough stakes to form so that you may maintain the strength and ensuring the form will withstand the weight of the cement and also keeping the straight edge. In case the form is weak, you will notice the concrete will have a funny curve, or it will start bulging. In some cases, you will be required to use rebar along the concrete area to strengthen it. Slab work and concrete pouring need to be carried out with perfection. When pouring concrete where the rebar is in place, you will have to place it on top of the rebar and raise it to ensure it is in the middle of the concrete as much as you can.
Slab work and concrete pouring are not that complicated. Slab concrete is poured by a 4-5 inch layer. Start from the far end of the truck to avoid stepping on the already wet slab. A swath measuring ten-foot-wide is usually used and leveled using hand floats and a screed board. Masons with screed board move side by side to make it flat. To get your desired finishing, you can trowel along the edges. Or hire a power trowel to make work easier. After polishing keep, avoid any stepping until it is completely dry. You can also use saw cuts to prevent slabs from cracking. Alternatively, you can have a concrete sealer to prevent premature drying or spilling of the concrete.
Have preparations in place before Slab work and concrete pouring begins. Depending on how big the pour will be, you can get some help from family, or you can hire a few laborers. Keep in mind the accessibility of the site or will need tools to haul the concrete, or will you need a concrete pump. Ensure all the tools and equipment are ready before starting.
You will direct the driver on the type o concrete you need. Stiffer concrete is more comfortable to set and hard to work with. Make up your mind way before and order what is best for you. The choice may be depended on the weather and the people you have in place to help you. For example, if it is too sunny and you got much help, you can go for wet concrete, which will give you time to finish the concrete before it dries up.
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