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Below you will find a how to video on pouring a
concrete patio area.

And at the bottom of the page you will find step by step how to instruction on how to pour a concrete patio.

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In This How To Video, You Will learn How To Pour a Concrete Patio
Here is your step by step written How To DIY instructions for
Pouring a Concrete Patio..
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GETTING WHAT YOU NEED..

*DETERMINE HOW MUCH LUMBER YOU WILL NEED TO FORM YOUR WALK, AND GATHER YOUR TOOLS.
THINGS YOU MAY NEED MIGHT INCLUDE...

HAMMER, NAILS, LUMBER, STEAKS, SHOVEL, GRAVEL, CONCRETE, STRING LINE, TAPE MEASURE, and A BUCKET FOR MIXING, OR A WHEEL BARROW..

FIRST DETERMINE WHERE YOUR PATIO WILL GO.. MARK IT OUT WITH STRING LINE...
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FINISH CONCRETE
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STAMP CONCRETE
Determine where your pad will go, once that is determined you may need to do a little work..

First thing is determine if you will need to excavate any dirt or grass.. If so set up a string line and dig down to where you think is necessary.. In some cases, you may decide to lay your pad right on the ground with no excavating.. this may be ok if it is a small pad, but if it is a pad that will be holding any kind of weight you will need to put a base of gravel down under the concrete... usually an inch of gravel, for every 4 inches of concrete... If the pad is meant to hold something like a building, or large vehichles you may need to make the base even deeper than an inch.

After you have set you have gotten your initial preparation ready, you will be ready to place your form boards... Most pads
will be a simple four sides... Set your boards where you want the edge of the concrete. Hammer steaks into the ground behind the boards in order to keep them in place during the pour.
Pouring Your Concrete Patio..

So your ready to pour, You will need to decide, if you will mix your concrete using concrete bags, mixing raw materials, or ordering a concrete truck..
See Ordering a Concrete Truck or Mixing Concrete To Help You Decide

If a small patio, you could probably get away with mixing by hand, any thing that requires alot of cement you will have to order a concrete truck from a ready mix company..

We will for the sake of this how to instruction, assume you ordered a concrete truck...
once the concrete truck arrives have the truck get as close as he can to the work... If he can get right near the pad he may be able to pour right off the truck into the slab forms area... but more than likely you will have to use a wheel barrow, or if you are lucky a motorized wheelbarrow. Fill your wheel barrow with concrete and wheel it to your forms.. pour in the concrete.

If your lucky enough to have help, have them rake the concrete level as you pour it out.

Once the concrete is completely full in the forms, and your help and you have it raked even witht the forms you can begin your floating process.. floating can be done while the concrete is being laid if you have enough help.. basically they will be using a trowell to smooth the surface of the concrete.. but this can only be done once the concrete is level with in the form boards.. or you will be causeing yourself alot of extra work.

After the concrete is floated, you need to edge the sides.. using an edger... If you need to know how to use an edger, float or any other peice of concrete equipment please see how to use an concrete edger video... or any other tool you need to learn how to use.

Click here to see videos on how to use Concrete Finishing Tools..

Finishing Touches, and Stripping Boards
Once your edgeing and floating are done, allow the concrete to set up for a bit... Once the concrete has set up enough where your broom wont sink but will still leavce a good broom mark, use your concrete broom and pull across the walk way, making your traction broom marks.. After broom marks are made, then go back and edge the sides once again..

Determine how you will be putting joints in the concrete... Joints or Stress Relief Lines.. give the concrete somewhere to crack.. on a walk way stress relief joints should be placed every 4 to 6 feet... depending on your judgement.


See How To Make Joint Mark Video Here

After brooming and finishing touches are put on your walk, allow the walk to set up.. After walk has set up, you can strip the boards.. But you may not be done yet.. Please see the video on post concrete pour care.. you may need to seal the concrete with a cure and seal, or aldepending on the situation there may be other actions re
If your lucky enough to have help, have them rake the concrete level as you pour it out.

Once the concrete is completely full in the forms, and your help and you have it raked even with the forms you can begin your floating process.. floating can be done while the concrete is being laid if you have enough help.. basically they will be using a trowell to smooth the surface of the concrete.. but this can only be done once the concrete is level with in the form boards..

After the concrete pad has been floated, you need to edge the sides.. using an edger... If you need to know how to use an edger, float or any other peice of concrete equipment please see how to use an concrete edger video... or any other tool you need to learn how to use.

Click here to see videos on how to use Concrete Finishing Tools..

Finishing Touches, and Stripping Boards

Aldepending on what your pad is for, there are several types of finishes that can be acheived.. you will need to determine the best for your pad.. The basic finishes are broom finish, and smooth finish.

Determine if you will be putting joints in the concrete slab... Joints or Stress Relief Lines.. give the concrete somewhere to crack.. on a pad smaller than 6 x 6 these joints are not necessary.. larger pads may require strass relief joints..


See How To Make Joint Mark Video Here

After walk has set up, you can strip the boards.. But you may not be done yet.. Please see the video on post concrete pour care.. you may need to seal the concrete with a cure and seal, or aldepending on the situation there may be other actions required..
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