Pouring A Concrete Pad Or Landing At Shed Door
Installing a concrete slab outside the entrance to your shed is the perfect way to make the entry into your shed. Concrete pads are also used for many reasons, the most common of which are outside a home door way, at the bottom of deck stairs or under an air conditioner. Most concrete pads are small enough to mix the concrete by hand from pre mixed bags. Larger areas are usually done by ordering pre mixed concrete.
There are several ways that concrete is sold:
Ready Mixed: Ready mixed concrete come in a concrete truck, this is convenient but there are usually minimums that are large enough to pour a 10 by 10 foot patio. You can order less but there will be a surcharge.
Bagged: Bagged concrete comes in 60 or 80 pound bags. You mix bagged concrete at your house.
- It takes about 10 bags that weigh 80 pound to make a 4 foot by 4 foot by 4 inch pad.
- It takes about 13 bags that weigh 60 pounds to make a 4 foot by 4 foot by 4 inch pad.
Mobile Mix On Site: This concrete comes on a truck but it is not mixed until they are at your house. The truck mixes exactly the amount of concrete that you need and then dispenses it where you need it.
- Figure How Much Concrete To Use
- Set Up The Area To Pour The Concrete
- Mix The Concrete
- Pour The Concrete
- Screed: Use a 2x4 board to screed the surface flat with the form boards.
- Level The Concrete: Use a bull float or darby to level the surface.
- Wait To Stop Bleeding: Wait until the water stops coming to the surface and pooling. When this water is gone you are ready to edge the edges.
- Edger Trowel: Use the edger trowel to form a rounded edge on the edges of the concrete.
- Trowel The Surface With A Mag Trowel: Use the magnesium trowel to create a smoother surface. The surface should be sealed after using the mag trowel.
- Final Finish: Apply the final finish in one of three ways:
- Broom for a broomed finish
- Mag Trowel for a sweat finish
- Steel trowel for a smooth finish. For really fine finishes the steel trowel is applied more than once.
- Cure The Concrete: