6 simple steps to pour a perfect concrete slab

If you know how to pour concrete slab properly, you can save a lot of money and time on the projects around your project. The process is pretty easy, but if you have never done it before, it can be challenging for you. Here are the 6 steps to form and pour a perfect concrete slab:

1. Preparation:

First of all, clear the area of any material or objects that would interfere with the pouring procedure. This includes shrubs, trees, trees, rocks, old concrete, and grass. Clean up everything until the raw earth is uncovered.

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2. Build up base and level forms:

The key to the perfect concrete slab is a firm base that drains well. Unless you have sandy soil, it means including a layer of the gravel. After setting base, the next step is leveling forms. For this process, put one end of form board marginally high when you nail it to a stake and then adjust its height by tapping stake on the high end with maul until the board is leveled perfectly.

3. Strengthen the slab with steel bar:

The concrete needs reinforcement for crack resistance and added strength. It is well worth the small extra cost and the labor to introduce 1/2-in. Rebar (steel reinforcing bar). This bar will help to strengthen the floor slab/concrete slab.

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4. Preparation for the concrete truck:

To avoid any mistakes during the pouring process, ensure everything is ready before the truck arrives. Check your forms to ensure they are square, straight, level and well braced. Also, avoid windy and hot days if possible.

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5. Pour and flatten the concrete:

At the point when you are pouring a concrete slab you need a concrete mix. Ask the concrete truck driver to mix concrete between a five and six-inch slump. This mix is simple to move around, yet not very wet to weaken the concrete. Moving forward, start pushing and pulling the solid around until you fill it to the highest point of the leveled forms. Finally, start pouring the concrete and continue this process until you have enough on the ground to work with.

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6. Float and trowel for a smooth finish:

After you smooth the concrete slab with bull float, the water will “bleed” out of the solid and sit on the surface. Wait for the water to vanish and for the concrete slab to harden slightly before you continue wrapping up. At the point when the concrete slab is sufficiently firm to resist an imprint from your thumb, start hand-floating. On the dry, hot days you need to hustle, and on the cool days, you may need to hold up an hour or two to start troweling and floating

As soon as the concrete has been poured, you should seal the concrete to prevent any cracks. 

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