How to Pour Concrete

A cross-section of opinions and experience from concrete masons around the country

What makes a concrete driveway or slab strong? Here's a sampling of tips and opinions from professional concrete masons. Avoid cracking and spalling problems and learn how to make a concrete slab that will last as long as you do.

By the DIY experts of The Family Handyman Magazine







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Concrete pour tips

Required Tools for this Project

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

  • Wheelbarrow
  • Trowel

You'll also need a plate compactor, rebar cutter, square-edge shovels, bull float, finishing trowel, groover, edger, rubber gloves and boots and a stiff broom.

Required Materials for this Project

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

  • Gravel
  • Sand
  • Concrete
  • Rebar (3/8 or 1/2-in.)
  • Wood for forms
  • Plastic sheets

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