Form and Pour a Concrete Slab

A pro shows you how to build strong forms, place a solid slab and trowel a smooth finish

Required Tools for this Project

Have the necessary tools for this DIY project lined up before you start—you’ll save time and frustration.

  • Hammer
  • Circular saw
  • Tape measure, 50 ft.
  • Level
  • Pry bar
  • Safety glasses

You'll also need the concrete tools listed in the Tool List in Additional Information plus a plate compactor (rental), plastic gloves, rubber boots and a Mason's string line.

Required Materials for this Project

Avoid last-minute shopping trips by having all your materials ready ahead of time. Here's a list.

  • Concrete
  • Packable fill
  • Anchor bolts, 1/2-in.
  • Forming lumber
  • Rebar, 1/2-in.
  • Tie wire
  • 6-mil plastic
  • Duplex nails, 16 d