Tips For Pouring/Laying Down Concrete

By El Camino Rental Posted August 12, 2015 In Construction Equipment

Tips For Pouring/Laying Down Concrete

Tips For Pouring/Laying Down Concrete

Pouring or laying down concrete seems a simple procedure after the hard work of making forms and digging out beds, but there are ways to pour concrete that can not only make the job easier but can make the concrete more durable. Here are some tips for laying down and pouring concrete:

Use Cold Water In Hot Weather
Some workers mix the concrete with ice water during hot weather. This cuts down on shrinkage and the risk of the concrete not being as strong as it could be.

Avoid Very Hot Weather Altogether
Unless working in very hot weather is unavoidable, concrete should not be poured when it’s extremely hot. It will set too fast. If it’s possible, pour the concrete in the late afternoon or early evening.

Tamp the Concrete
After the concrete is poured into a form, use some kind of a tamper to press it down. Small tampers are sold in hardware stores and rollers can be rented from garden centers or big box stores. On the other hand, a person can tamp down the concrete wearing rubber boots.

Cut Contraction Joints
These are joints etched into the concrete with a groover, which should be guided by a straight edge. These joints are necessary to allow the concrete to contract and expand during very hot and very cold weather. These joints should be cut every four to six feet on walkways or other narrow places.

Help the Concrete Cure
After the concrete is poured, it should be kept damp. Use a hose attachment on mist setting for this. This misting should be done twice a day for three days after the concrete has been laid.

Tips for Posts
Instead of mixing the concrete first, pour the dry concrete into the post hole after gravel has been added and the post has been positioned. Then, use a garden hose to add water. It’s much less messy.

Use a Screed to Keep the Concrete Level
This is probably a two person job. The screed board should be run over the concrete immediately after it’s been poured. A screed is a 2 x 4 that’s a foot longer than the walkway is wide.

Cover the Concrete After It’s Been Poured
After the concrete’s been leveled and jointed and while it’s semi-firm, cover it with a plastic sheet. This will keep it from cracking and scaling.