The Handyman's Guide to Concreting at Home

As the form is filled, take the screed board - one man at each end - and, with each end of the board resting on the formwork, move it back and forth across the surface of the concrete, edging along from one end of the form to the other.

This will smooth the concrete and compact it right up to the form. If too much concrete builds up ahead of the board, move it along with a shovel.

It is quite normal for water to appear on the surface of your concrete after this screeding process. Some of this water will run off or evaporate, the rest of it will be drawn back into the concrete when the “setting process” commences.

Now you have your formwork filled with a continuous area of concrete which will harden with a non-skid surface.