Tips on How to Properly Work with Concrete

Tips on How to Properly Work with Concrete

Concrete is a great material to use in your driveway or walkway because it adds a finished beauty to your property and allows you and your family to utilize it easily.  However, concrete can deteriorate after a few years.  So, to maintain the functionality and beauty of a smooth concrete driveway, it is best to pour  new concrete when that starts to occur.

Keep in mind that such a project requires proper precautions and tricks in order to avoid problems while working.  So, here are a few tips you can follow:

  • Order the right kind of concrete. Concrete can be mixed at your project site or delivered pre-mixed via a concrete truck. If you opt for the former, you will need to know how to mix the raw concrete that you receive. If you don’t know how, consider ordering a pre-mixed concrete, so you won’t have to worry about whether or not it has been mixed properly.
  • Work on a day with good weather.  A moderate temperature with minimal humidity is idea for working with concrete.  Even a little bit of rain can cause damage to your concrete, and too much heat can easily dry your concrete before you’re even finished working on it. So, monitor the weather and work accordingly.
  • Seek help. Working on concrete is not a one man job, especially if it is a big project. You need someone else to work with you because it requires quick and careful pouring and smoothing. If you don’t finish the job within a certain amount of time, you won’t achieve a good final outcome.  Wait to tackle the project until you have someone who can help you.
  • Practice safety precaution. Concrete contains elements that can be harmful to the body. Work in working clothes and wear gloves at all times. Certain elements in concrete can cause burns and other skin diseases if they come into contact with your skin. If concrete comes in contact with your eyes, wash them thoroughly and see a doctor immediately.
  • Use your wheelbarrow carefully. You need a strong and reliable wheelbarrow in order to transfer concrete from the mixing point to your driveway. Make sure that your wheelbarrow is durable enough to complete the job without hassle. In addition, avoid overfilling your wheelbarrow.
  • Less water is ideal. You can use water to wet down the soil, but not too much. Water can alter the strength and stability of your concrete and can lead to a weak surface.

Heather & Alan Davis
Oklahoma City Realtors


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