The Handyman's Guide to Concreting at Home
 
 
 
Timber for formwork and pegs.
   
Builder’s barrows (with inflated rubber tyres).
   
Small garden barrows with metal wheels are not suitable for this work. The number of barrows necessary is dependent on the quantity of concrete and the distance it is to be transported. As a guide: two barrows would be required for the placement of one load of concrete say 20 metres from the position of the truck.
   
Planks to wheel the barrow over if the ground is uneven or soft.
   
One or two square-mouthed shovels.
   
A screed board - a smooth, heavy board about 900mm wider than the formwork (see Cut and Place the Formwork, Step No. 5).
   
 
A wooden float (a flat piece of wood with a handle) for finishing the surface.
   
A steel trowel, if needed (see Finish the Surface).
   
An edging tool for making cross-joints and edging.
   
A 15mm grooving tool for long sections of concreting
such as driveways and long paths.
   
A garden rake.
   
A mallet or heavy hammer.
   
Enough waterproof building paper, hessian, plastic
sheeting or sand to cover the areas to be concreted
(see Cure the Concrete).
   
A spirit level.