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Published on 5/17/2017

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How to Lay a small concrete pad

Another look at how to lay a small concrete slab from DIY Network.com


 

 

How to lay a basic concrete slab that can be used for a patio, entryway or a surface for an Heating Vacuum and Air Conditioning unit to sit upon.

 

TOOLS NEEDED

  • hammer
  • roller
  • float
  • plastic sheeting
     

MATERIALS REQUIRED

  • boards
  • screed board
  • concrete
  • pegs
  • crushed stone
  • nails

 

INTRODUCTION

 

Excavate the Area

 

Mark the edge of the area with a spade, cutting down into the grass. Dig down to the required depth recommended by your local code department. Include slab depth and crushed stone in your calculations.

 

STEP 1

 

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Build Wooden Frame

 

Level pegs around the site to the depth of the concrete pad plus foundations. Nail boards into the pegs. Insert further level pegs and boards to divide the slab into manageable strips. This wooden frame is known as the formwork.

 

STEP 2

 

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Add Crushed Stone

 

Lay a 4-inch layer of crushed stone in the bottom of all the formwork and compact with a roller or rented vibrator compactor.

 

STEP 3

 

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Pour Concrete

 

Pour foundation concrete into the first section. Use a screed board in a chopping motion to compact it, then level the surface.

 

STEP 4

 

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Smooth Concrete

 

Use a float to smooth the surface of the concrete. For large areas, consider renting a power float or screed.

 

STEP 5

 

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Cover With Plastic Sheet

 

Cover the pad with a plastic sheet to protect it from the weather. You can remove the formwork once the concrete has hardened.

 

Source : http://www.diynetwork.com/how-to/outdoors/structures/how-to-lay-a-concrete-pad

 

For more How To articles and video's at concretebroker visit:

How to lay a concrete slab : https://www.concretebroker.com.au/Blog/View/16

How to pour and finish concrete : https://www.concretebroker.com.au/Blog/View/64

 

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