As we told you in our various articles, concrete is one of the best materials used in the construction industry. It is not only essential for providing stability to the buildings and construction buildings made, but also is very cheap and fairly durable.
But, there are 2 key reasons, on top of the previous one, that justifies the importance of knowing step by step how to make concrete if you are a construction worker, or even a regular guy. What reasons are those? Let me tell you:
The first one is that to know how to make concrete is one of the basic tools that you have to have to get any job in the construction industry. Concrete is everywhere, especially in this industry. So if you don’t know how to properly make it, you won’t be of value to any contractor. I mean, how many times did you hear a construction worker say that he or she didn’t know how to make concrete? Never.
And finally, the second key reason is that having the knowledge on how to make concrete is very handy in everyday situations. There will be too many times in your life in which some wall in your house needs some kind of repair with concrete, or even a situation in which you will have to build a wall from the ground up.
Having this ability is essential for these situations.
In this article you will find a step by step guide on how to properly make concrete, the ingredients to use, the timing.. Everything. So you won’t end up tearing your hair out of craziness.
This will depend in the kind of project you have. If you are going to make a general purpose structure, then you will need general use cement type I. But if you are going to make a much more complex structure you will need cement type II. Many people don’t pay attention to this, and end up screwing everything.
In this container you will have the concrete mix, which is very important. Buy it or borrow it, but you should have a place where you can make the concrete.
After correctly placing the wood forms, and after pouring the wet concrete in between them, you will be able to contain the wet concrete so it hardens in the form you need. If you don’t use them, the whole structure will fall apart very soon.
Pour the correct proportions of cement and sand in the mixer. This will make the so called “dry mix” which after it is passed through a process; you will pour water to make “wet concrete”.
To make the best consistency, you will need to pour gravel or crushed stones to the dry mix. It will make the dry mix be in the right density for the next step.
This is a key step. You will slowly add water to the mix while mixing it. With these you will make very soon wet concrete.
Again, this is very important to make clear. You should mix very slowly the concrete; a couple of hours will be fine. After mixing it, you will be very surprised to know that the mixing is achieving a good consistency.
Add the concrete on the surface that is between the forms that you assembled. Make sure that you leave no space and no air pockets, because if you do, then the whole project will be lost. The help that the forms give in this step is great.
Well, we got to the last step. After pouring the wet concrete mix between the forms, and do it well, the last step is to sit and let it dry. You should be happy that you made a great work and maybe drop a like and a comment to us!
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