Building a Concrete Patio with Time Equipment’s Rentable Tools
The end of one summer season is the perfect time to begin planning for the next. In order to have that backyard concrete patio ready for a grill and fire pit by June 2013, start your project in the fall when the weather is cool and the air is dry. If you wait until spring, you run the risk of damaging late-in-the-season snowfall on a freshly poured concrete surface.
Pouring a concrete surface can be either simpler or more complex than one might expect, so prepare for the worst and find yourself pleasantly surprised with how easy filling concrete molds can be. The stress and physical strain of your entire process can be reduced with the help of concrete pouring tools from Time Equipment and Rental. See Time Equipment’s full inventory of concrete pouring tools.
1.) Preparing the Area – First things first, measure and plan the patio, staking out the perimeter and removing all sticks, rocks, stumps, or any other backyard debris from the area. Before you can even begin thinking of pouring concrete, you’ll also need to make sure that the surface you’re pouring on top of is level. For any major roadblocks in clearing and leveling, consider renting some excavation equipment. Remember, in order to make the concrete slab level with the grass, you’ll want to figure in 4” of concrete and 2-3” of base course. Remove soil accordingly and make sure you slope the surface for watershed.
2.) Forming Concrete Molds – concrete molds are created using either wooden two-by-fours or Masonite boards. Piece your frame together with rods and screws to outline the layout of your patio. Make sure you framework is sturdy and secure.
3.) Grading – Set the grade of the area using stakes on the outside of the forms. A laser level will assist you in setting the grade.
4.) Laying a Base – the first layer should be composed of 2-3 inches of base rock. The compact base course with plate powder will require a grid of metal bars (1/2 inch thick) for stabilization of the concrete. Space the bars that run parallel approximately 2 feet apart and use wire ties to hold the grid together. Use a plate packer to pack base material.
5.) Mixing Concrete – for this step, you’ll need a concrete mixer from Time Equipment and Rental. We offer three different models that cover a wide array of projects with various mobility and volume requirements. The Stone Concrete Mixer is our most comprehensive machine that covers all ranges of endeavors.
6.) Pouring Concrete – as you pour concrete from the mixer, you’ll want to use a screed and trowel to make sure the surface sets evenly and smoothly. See Time Equipment’s full inventory of concrete pouring tools that assist with pouring a level concrete surface. We have both screeds and trowels on hand. You can choose to have a brushed or smooth surface either by brooming or power troweling—and don’t forget to edge the slab!
Concrete surfaces can either be enjoyed in their natural gray hue, or concrete stains can be applied for a fresh and original look. Most concrete stains are spread and brushed onto the surface post-pour, once the concrete has set and fully dried. Hardware stores typically stock an excellent selection of colors.
A concrete patio that is poured, finished, and stained in the Fall will be set and ready for patio furniture come the first signs of summer. Plan ahead and use the resources that are available for rent—don’t waist your precious summer days on time-consuming construction.
About Time Equipment
Time Equipment rents an extensive collection of party equipment, ranging from tents to food preparation to dance floors. The Rapid City company also rents equipment for landscaping, home improvement, special events and more. If you can’t borrow it from the neighbor, you can rent it at Time Equipment. Check out their website at http://www.timerental.biz/ or call 605-348-2360 for more information.