Pouring a concrete slab: how to pour a concrete slab from start to finish
Pouring a concrete slab is easy if you’ve done it hundreds of times
like we have. But if you’ve never done it before, pouring a slab can be a
Pouring concrete slabs isn’t something most people do everyday.
If you’ve ever watched someone who pours slabs for a living, they can
make it look really easy. That’s because they pour the slab in steps.
I’ll show you how to pour a concrete slab like we do so you can have the confidence to do it yourself.
If you need to know how to prepare a concrete slab to pour, click on FORMING A CONCRETE SLAB to learn how to set up the forms and get it ready for the pour.
The tools you’ll need for pouring a concrete slab are: rubber
boots, gloves, magnesium screed, bullfloat, metal rakes, mag float,
STEP 1. After you’ve formed up the slab and you’re all ready to go, you have to figure how much concrete you’ll need. Use this concrete slab calculator to figure how many cubic yards of concrete you’ll need to do your slab.
Pick a good day with no rain in sight and call the closest redi-mix company
in your area to order your concrete. Start early in the morning if you
can, especially if the temperature is going to get really hot that day.
We order fibermesh in the concrete for reinforcement instead of using the
wiremesh. We also drop in 2 rows of rebar around the edges after we have
poured out the concrete and sink it down about 2 inches from the
surface. When the concrete truck arrives, back the truck up to
the forms. You may need an extra concrete chute to reach the back if the
slab is over 20 feet deep.