Concrete Work Made Easy by hkksew3563rd


									There are only a few easy guidelines to mixing and pouring concrete properly and
with just a little patience and attention you can manage concrete work yourself for
small building work around the house.
  You have the liberty to choose any type of concrete either ready mixed concrete or
one that you prepare yourself. The one that just requires you to add water is the
simplest to use and it is best suited for small jobs, however it can add up to a costly
mix for larger scale projects. For large scale projects you are better off having transit
mix concrete delivered to your house or to the construction site. In this last case you
can do a quick research as to see if there are any vendors that provide free shipment or
free premixing. The most inexpensive solution for large project is purchasing all the
dry ingredients and mixing them yourself at the work site, however this is quite a
complicated time consuming task. You can use the electric cement mixers.
  Mixing concrete is far from rocket science. Any concrete mix involves four main
components: cement, a fine aggregate (sand), a coarse aggregate (gravel) and water.
In regards to proportions, gravel and sand will fill about two thirds or three quarters of
the concrete. For the best finished product all components should be clean and free of
any organic matter. There are different mixes of concrete that you could try and you
should pay special attention to the mix as the finish products to best service your
concrete needs. As such, for foundations and retention walls the proper proportions
are one and a half gallons of water for each sack of cement. For sidewalks and
stepping stones one gallon suffices. Concrete mixes for sidewalks is made out of one
part cement, two parts sand and three parts gravel. Usually a 12 by 12 by 12 inch
wooden box is used for measuring one cubic foot of sand or concrete.
  Most concrete jobs require the use of a concrete form, be it above the ground or dug
into the ground. The keyword for a good concrete form is patience and this assures
that you make the correct measurements as to obtain the concrete form you need.
  Pouring concrete is last step in concrete work and this implies the use of the mix and
of the form you just created. The form where the concrete is to be poured needs to be
watered down. The form is then filled with concrete and the concrete needs to be
tamped as to be compact around the edges. When the concrete start to harden a plank
can be used to guide a groover over the contraction joints.
  The now hardened concrete can be reinforced with a steel mesh made out of regular
fencing material.
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