Top 10 Concrete Mistakes
1. Ordering just enough. If you're ordering concrete,
it's much better to pay $60 for an extra
half yard of concrete than to come up short. You
don't have to use it all. The driver will haul away
2. Ignoring the forecast. A little rain can destroy
a freshly poured slab. Beware of hot, dry weather
too. The concrete may set faster than you can
finish it, especially if you're a beginner.
3. Working solo. Line up more help than you
think you'll need. Extra help not only lightens the
workload but avoids situations where the concrete
hardens faster than you can work.
4. Not being ready. A big concrete pour is a rush
job. Don't add stress by waiting until the last
minute to finish forms or gather tools. Have
everything done and all your tools handy long
before the truck pulls up.
5. Using wimpy wheelbarrows. A heavy load of
concrete can crush a garden wheelbarrow. Use
heavy-duty models only, even if you have to rent
them ($15 per day).
6. Relying on fiber. The tiny fibers added to
some concrete mixes may reduce surface cracking,
but fiber is no substitute for metal rebar or
7. Finishing with extra water. It's tempting to
sprinkle a little water on the surface while you're
troweling to help you get a smooth finish. But it
weakens the surface and will lead to flaking
8. Getting burned. Some people can tolerate
hours of skin contact with concrete. Others end
up in the emergency room with severe burns.
Don't risk it: Wear gloves and long pants, and
wash concrete off skin immediately.
9. Tearing off forms too soon. It's easy to break
off concrete edges while removing forms. So let
the concrete harden for at least two days first.
10. Forgetting your autograph. Be sure to
scratch your initials in the concrete before