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The basic ideas behind mixing and laying concrete are just that; mixing and then laying the concrete! Although it sounds easy enough, the reality is rather more complex, and great results are not always so easy to achieve.
However, with the right knowledge, you can take pride in a do-it-yourself concrete job well done. Before you grab your concrete tools and materials, consider some of the tips below to get the professional quality results you and your project deserve.
Start with the Right Concrete Tools
Many people falsely believe that professional quality construction equipment is too expensive to use at home. Untrue. In fact, you can get high quality tools to tackle your concrete project at a reasonable price. Not only will this make a difference in the outcome of your project, but it will make it far easier for you to do the job safely and efficiently. And when the project is over and you have achieved the outcome you want, you will have a set of high quality tools ready and waiting for the next job.
This is the advantage that purchasing construction tools has over renting. Purchasing professional quality tools will save you money over time, as they can be used again and again. If you plan to do more concrete or construction projects in the future, having the tools you can trust and rely on at hand will make all the difference.
Mixing the Concrete to Perfection
If you get the mixture wrong, the concrete is more likely to fail after you lay it. Start by mixing the dry ingredients (sand, gravel, etc) before you add water. Then add a minimal amount of water and mix it thoroughly with the dry ingredients, adding more water in small increments as required. When the mixture is of an even consistency and colour, it is ready to go.
Laying the Concrete
Start laying the concrete at the point farthest from you and then work your way back. This approach will prevent you from having to step on the part you have laid as you reach for the next area. Remember to clean and maintain your tools as you go to avoid damage as the concrete dries.
Laying Concrete During Hot Weather
Plan to mix and lay the concrete early in the morning when temperatures are cooler. Otherwise, the heat will accelerate water evaporation and cause the concrete to stiffen too fast. This changes the consistency of the finished concrete and puts it at risk of cracking.
Keep your concrete tools and the work area shaded and cool for the duration of the project. You will also need to add more water to the concrete mixture to maintain the moisture in the hot weather. Planning ahead is especially important when your project encompasses a large area.
Always prepare for your project, taking factors such as the weather and the tools you will need into consideration. Mixing and laying concrete is a challenging do-it-yourself project. Betontools provides the best concrete tools and construction machines at a reasonable price, helping you get the best results every time.