You want to make sure that the concrete is properly blended for optimum strength and toughness, whether you are mixing in a tank, a portable mixer, or a wheelbarrow.
Ideal for bringing (or even mixing) small quantities of concrete or materials on the site of operation.
- Rubber Boots or Work Boots
Concrete is a hard material and the only way to get through it is to wear waterproof boots to avoid contact with your hands. Rinsing your boots after the concrete is down, too, is simple.
Most concrete mixes contain additional caustic admixtures which can cause severe burns from prolonged bare skin contact. Gloves avoid over-exposure (and save some rare blisters too) to these components.
- Safety Glasses
Standard on most work sites, wearing protective glasses is an essential measure of protection while drilling, grinding, trowelling strength, or sawing concrete.
If a sub-base of some sort is to be prepared for the concrete slab site, a compactor may help to settle the stone or the aggregate into place.
The surface of both the subsoil and the slab must be level. A standard long-line level, or laser level, will allow you to check that before and after pouring, the slab is full according to spec.
- Tape Measures
Concrete shapes and slab depth require a test of the same “measure twice, pour once” as any other material on the job site. We are also effective in positioning checking and mapping.
- Moisture Retarders
Moisture or vapor retardants are used to avoid the accumulation of water vapor on a sheet of finished concrete. Commonly, they are put directly below on-grade slabs or below grade.
Reciprocating saws, circular saws or grinders may be required on the job site for cutting rebars or shapes. They might also be required if under the slab a problem occurs, and a portion of the concrete needs to be removed after it has been set and dried.
Shovels help to disperse concrete across the construction site to fill the holes left over during the pouring process or for specific systems. Generally speaking, square-ended shovels perform well for concrete; rounded ones distribute concrete unequally.
- Rakes and Come-Along Rakes
The fastest way to begin to spread the freshly-poured concrete more evenly is to use a rake. Garden rakes operate because concrete rakes, also known as come-along rakes, have a more scooped blade for pre-leveling new concrete more quickly. Concrete rakes often have time on the back of the blade to help raise the rebar or mesh into place until it begins to harden.
Grinding may also be used for decorative effects such as a distressed finish or is often required if a slab surface has been over-trowelled and the interior of the slab is filled with excess water.
- Dust Collection Systems
A dust collection system helps clear the area of operation and protect the safety of the on-site workers while grinding, polishing, drilling, or sawing concrete.