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Four Steps For Pouring Your Own Concrete Paths

Posted by on Aug 13, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Four Steps For Pouring Your Own Concrete Paths

If you want to add concrete paths to your home, doing it yourself can save you a lot of money. Before you begin, you will need the following: a mixer cement gravel a concrete trowel a push broom stakes string form boards Once you are ready to start making your own concrete path, use these four steps to help you complete the project: 1. Marking Off The Area For Paths Before you start pouring concrete, you will want to mark the area where your paths will go. This can be done with spray paint to see how it looks first. Once it is marked, continue by digging out the area a couple of inches and removing any plants or grass. This will also give the concrete a firm surface to rest on once it’s cured. 2. Setting Strings To Start Setting Forms Once you have the paths marked, you will want to set strings for the forms. This can be done with stakes and a string. You want the string to be a few inches above where the top of the concrete will be. This will help you measure to ensure that sections of concrete are straight. 3. Installing Forms And Dividers Once you have the strings, you will need to set forms. The forms need to be below the string and nailed to the stakes. Measure each end of forms to make sure they are the same. If you are installing concrete on a slope, you can use different string heights. To prevent concrete from pouring out of the bottom of the forms, fill the back side of them with soil. For large sections, divide the concrete with dividers to prevent cracking. 4. Pouring And Finishing The Concrete Once the forms are in place, you will be ready to pour the concrete.  Mix gravel, sand and Portland cement to make the concrete. You can also get premixed bags, which will make this job easier. Pour the concrete in the forms and plane it off with the trowel. If you want a rough textured surface, run a push broom across the top. If you want a smooth surface, wait for the concrete to cure a little, and then use a trowel and water to smooth the concrete. These are some tips to help you complete your own concrete path. If you need help getting your own concrete done, contact a ready-mix concrete service, like R Pepin & Sons Inc, to get the materials delivered already mixed. They can also provide you with precast concrete for many of the projects you may want to complete....

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5 Steps To Break Up Concrete In Your Yard

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Sometimes, there may be an area of concrete in your yard that needs to be broken up. Whatever the reason for the concrete removal, here are a few basic steps to complete the task:     Always contact the utility companies. If you receive an electric bill or a natural gas bill for your home, chances are that there are underground cables and pipes in your yard.  There may be some beneath the concrete that you are planning to remove. Contact the utility companies. They can mark the ground so that you can circumvent dangerous lines. However, if the lines are directly beneath the concrete, contact a professional to complete your concrete breaking. Get your goggles. Removing concrete can be messy. As you break up the hard material, dust and pieces of the concrete can become airborne. Safety goggles will protect your eyes. In addition, use a dust mask to shield your nose and mouth so that you don’t inhale dangerous particles. If you are planning to use loud equipment, such as a jackhammer, don ear protection as well.  Cover the concrete. If you will be using a sledgehammer, cover the concrete with plastic sheeting or an old cloth bed sheet to keep some of the debris contained during the breaking process. Sometimes, stray particles can become airborne, and if your concrete slab is near a window, the debris could break the glass. If you will be using a jackhammer, consider covering nearby windows with wooden boards or planks.  Get a pry bar. As you break apart the concrete, you may need to pry the pieces from the ground for removal. Start breaking the concrete. Sledgehammer If your concrete slab is relatively thin, a sledgehammer should work well. Select an edge to begin. Continue striking the concrete until it breaks. If chunks don’t crumble away, use your pry bar to pull them away. Jackhammer If you believe your concrete is too thick or the sledgehammer doesn’t seem to be making progress, use a jackhammer that has a bit with a chiseled point. Allow the weight of the hammer to break up the concrete. You don’t have to push down. If your slab doesn’t crack quickly, move the hammer over a couple of inches to avoid getting your drill bit stuck in a hole that you’ve created. Continue breaking pieces of concrete a couple of inches apart and removing them with the pry bar until all of your concrete is broken up. If the job seems too big or frustrating at any point, call a professional contractor to complete it....

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Four Tips To Help You With Getting Concrete Delivered On Site To Cut Costs And Time

Posted by on Aug 11, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Four Tips To Help You With Getting Concrete Delivered On Site To Cut Costs And Time

If you have a large project with a lot of concrete work to be done, having materials delivered in ready-mix batches can save you time and money. It can also present several logistical challenges to get everything scheduled at the right time to get the job done. The concrete finishers need to be organized with the deliveries to ensure that concrete has the perfect consistency. Here are some tips to help you manage the logistics of ready-mix concrete for your project: 1. Preparing The Site For Ready-Mix Truck Deliveries One of the challenges that you may have is getting trucks to the jobsite. You may need to get trucks to hard to reach areas. This can be done by adding swamp mats where trucks will need to go. Some ready-mix services also have mini-trucks, which carry lighter loads to reach remote locations. Another option is to use pump trucks to reach locations where mixing trucks cannot go. 2. Choosing A Service With Plants Near A Jobsite There is a short period of time that you have to pour concrete once it leaves the batching plant. If the plant is several hours away, this can limit the time that crews have to pour and finish concrete. To solve this problem, talk to the concrete service about finding plants that are near the jobsite to have more time to pour and finish concrete. If the only service you can find is hours away, make sure that you are ready for the trucks when they come. 3. Organizing Concrete Finishers To Be Ready For Deliveries Organizing the concrete finishing crews is also important. You want to make sure that you have the workers onsite before the trucks are delivered. Waiting trucks can cause the concrete to go bad, making you lose time and money. If you need to have a pump truck, make sure that it is also onsite before the delivery of the ready-mix batches. 4. Dealing With Bad Concrete Batches And Late Truck Deliveries You may have to deal with concrete batches that are bad and late deliveries with your concrete. Core samples can be taken of concrete batches after they are poured to test for quality. When a truck comes late, if it is waiting too long, the concrete may need to be dumped because of it being too cured to be used. These are some tips to help you manage logistics of your concrete deliveries. If you need a lot of concrete for your next project, contact a ready-mix service like Van Doren Red-E-Mix and get the help you need with the delivery and logistics of materials for your project....

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