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What You Need to Know: A Guide to Concrete Laying

Written by on August 24th, 2016.      0 comments

Concrete laying is a method of construction for common structural elements such as concrete slabs.
These slabs, horizontal steel reinforced concrete, measure between 4 to 20 inches thick—often used for floors and ceilings. Thinner slabs, on the other hand, are for exterior paving. In the construction of buildings, thick concrete slabs serve as the base of its ground level, either on foundations or directly on the subsoil. A basic concrete slab may also serve as part of a patio, entryway or flat surface for an HVAC unit’s location.

The Essentials

Laying a concrete pad is a fairly easy task you can do yourself. You just need to have the necessary tools, equipment and materials. This involves basic carpentry tools such as hammers, rollers, measuring tape and plastic sheeting, among others. The materials you will need are boards, concrete, pegs, crushed stone, tie wire, rebar and nails.

We have a range of concrete skips for sale or for hire, all four of which you can use for general purposes or for specific concrete laying jobs. As a leading construction company, is it not necessary that you enable yourself the ease and efficiency of reliable tools and equipment?

Apart from having a list of tools, equipment and materials, you should also ensure your safety by covering your skin and wearing goggles, gloves and a face mask.

A Basic Guide to Concrete Laying

First, excavate the site by marking the borders and balding the soil of grass. Add the slab depth and crushed stone in your measurements when you dig down.

When the site is ready, construct the formwork. This is a wooden frame with levelling pegs around the site to the depth of the concrete slab.

After ensuring the sturdiness of the formwork, add a 4-inch layer of crushed stone and flatten it with a roller. You can also strengthen it with a rebar. Upon compaction, pour in foundation concrete and level the surface with screed board. Smoothing the concrete comes as the next step. And lastly, float, trowel and remove the formwork when the concrete is dry.

For more information or assistance, feel free to contact us at Powerpac.co.nz.


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