In this video, you will learn about concrete. The video outlines the basic steps when pouring concrete slabs for beginners. This patio is 12×16 feet. You need to buy plywood to outline the deck.
First, you need to know if there is a slope. In this case, the house has an inch slope, so the water will drain away from the house. Start with rebar. It will reinforce where the concrete wants to crack. Next, you’ll want to start with water. Making the concrete mix is going to be your next step. The concrete mix sometimes needs to be mixed in the front yard depending on where the water source is. Or, you could call in a concrete company. Next, you want to put one joint through the middle at eight feet to split it into two sections for better reinforcement. As it gets drier and you get a lot of water off the top, you want to pull out the trowels. The trowel smoothes it out to help with aesthetics. Also if you won’t be around after this to keep the concrete wet, use a concrete compound to hold the moisture and you’ll have less of a chance of the concrete cracking. The sun makes a huge difference when the concrete is drying.