1.Prepare a mould. Because you need to use your concrete quickly to avoid wastage, you should start by preparing the area where the concrete will be poured before you mix the concrete. If you are pouring concrete onto a gravel or sandy area it’s a good idea to dig the shape you want a few centimeters into the ground and level this bottom area.
2.Secure the area. You should also secure the area using a wooden frame. This will support the concrete while it is drying and prevent cracking.
3.Mix the concrete. You can mix the concrete in your concrete mixer by adding the correct ratio of water, sand and cement. Alternatively, you can make use of ready mix and simply add the required volume of water.
4.Spray the area. Before you pour the concrete it is a good idea to spray the area with a garden hose, making the area damp but not wet.
5.Pour the concrete. When pouring the concrete into the prepared area, make sure it spreads evenly and fills all the corners. After you have poured the concrete, pat it down to ensure a level surface. Depending on the size of the area, you may want to make use of a roller tamper to level the surface.
6.Make control joints. It is a good idea to use a wooden plank to make periodic grooves or breaks in the concrete. This will help it withstand cracking.
7.Add texture. If you are building a pathway it is a good idea to add texture to the concrete before it is completely dry. You can do this by using a rake or a broom to make patterns in the concrete. This will create traction, making the concrete less slippery when wet.
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