Pouring concrete is a process that takes some time and patience, but is definitely worth it in the end. When done correctly, your concrete project will be sturdy and long lasting. If you’re working with a concrete contractor, they will likely have their own crew and equipment ready to go. In order to ensure a successful pour, there are a few things you need to do beforehand.
1. You’ll need to create a form for the concrete to be poured in.
This can be done using lumber, plywood, or other materials you have on hand. The form should be sturdy and the right size and shape for the project you’re working on.
2. You’ll also need to make a batch of concrete.
Concrete is a mixture of water, sand, gravel, and cement. Use a ratio of 1 part cement to 2 parts sand and 3 parts gravel for best results. Mix the ingredients together in a wheelbarrow or other container until you have a uniform consistency throughout.
3. You can pour your concrete from any wheelbarrow or other container.
If you’re pouring a large area, you’ll want to build support beams out of wood. These will lie flat on the ground and run along the length of your concrete pour area. Pour your mixture onto these supports so that it doesn’t have to be touched directly by people or machinery until it’s completely dry.
4. Allow the concrete to dry.
The length of time this will take depends on how much you’re pouring and its thickness, but it should be at least 12 hours before you can walk or drive on your new concrete surface. You’ll most likely need to cure the surface for several days following that before it’s ready for use.
5. You should wait at least 24 hours before using concrete that’s less than 3 inches thick or you can’t replace it (if wet).
It takes time for the concrete to fully dry, but if you use it while still wet, your project will be ruined. Avoid pressure washing and other potentially damaging activities until your concrete is completely dry and ready for use.