Pouring A Concrete Slab
Pouring a concrete slab sounds quite simple but there are a few things that can go wrong and lead to a badly done job. The good news is that most of these mistakes are ones that can be avoided with some caution. These common mistakes can be avoided when pouring a concrete slab by following these simple tips.
One of the easiest mistakes that happen right before you even begin pouring a concrete slab is making the wrong mix of concrete. Too much water will mean the concrete slab will not cure properly. Make sure you follow the instructions on the back of the concrete bag. Also remember that certain weather conditions will hurt the curing process. Be mindful of the concrete mixture you are making.
Concrete is very strong on its own but it does not have much tensile strength. To keep the concrete slab in one piece for many years, the mix needs some reinforcement. This can be done by adding metal, glass or plastic fibers to the mix before pouring a concrete slab. The concrete will harden around these fibers and make a strong bond with it. Steel mesh or rebar can also be used in the area where the concrete is poured to give it more strength.
When pouring a concrete slab, make sure you give the concrete enough time to cure. This is especially important if you are planning on placing furniture on it or walking on it. You should also give it plenty of curing time if you plan on painting it once it is dry. Concrete hardens in around two day’s time but it will take almost an entire week to be completely cured, and this can be affected by humidity and temperature. Keep this in mind when you pour concrete, and make sure you start early enough to give it all the time it needs to cure.
Something else to watch out for when pouring a concrete slab is using a good form, which should be made from wood that has been nailed together into the shape you want the concrete to form into. This will make sure the concrete will not spill out into other areas where it is not desired. It is easy to build the form but it is not enough to simply put it inside the area desired. In order for the form to function effectively, a small trench should be dug where the form is inserted and then dirt should be filled in to keep the form in place to prevent any leaks.
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