Pouring cement

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  1. Nov 19, 2005 #1

    fisher47

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    I want to pour cement to create a back patio.

    What steps do I need to do before I actually pour the cement?

    Do I need to go over the soil with a steam roller or anything or pat it down or prep the soil at all before pouring it?
     
  2. Nov 27, 2005 #2

    Gary

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    You need to dig out the sod and backfill the area with Gravel (I use c-6 or road mix) that packs very well. Make sure it's level and pack it down well. Best way is to rent a packer to get a good firm base. Then form it up and pour.

    That is a very, very brief description. If you've never done it before it may pay you to find someone to help you that has experience pouring concrete. Once you start pouring you have a small window of time to get it screeded, troweled flat and finished. If all the preparations up to the point of actually pouring aren't right, you'll have a mess on your hands.

    Hope this helps.
     

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