How to Pour a Concrete Slab
In this article, you can find information about how to pour a concrete slab. One of the main job of Site Civil Engineer is supervising the pouring of concrete slab. Pouring concrete slab is actually easy, but some new engineers should learn about this.
Let’s first talk about concrete. Concrete is a composite material composed mainly of water, aggregate, and cement. Often, additives and reinforcements (such as rebar) are included in the mixture to achieve the desired physical properties of the finished material. When these ingredients are mixed together, they form a fluid mass that is easily molded into shape. Over time, the cement forms a hard matrix which binds the rest of the ingredients together into a durable stone-like material with many uses. This concrete definition is taken from wikipedia.
Well, the first step of how to pour a concrete slab is that you have to prepare the equipments. They are rubber boots, gloves, magnesium screed, bullfloat, metal rakes, mag float, shovel, and maybe an extra concrete chute.
The second step of how to pour a concrete slab is that you have to check all of the slab formworks and slab reinforcement bars arrangement. You have to check it carefully.
The third step is that you have to coordinate with the consultant. Make sure that you have everything ready on site and get approval from the consultant. You have to prepare the manpower also. Assign the task to all of the concrete men.
The fourth step is that you have to make sure that there are workers that ready for directing the concrete pipe of the concrete pump. The supply of the concrete should be enough and poured continously. Don’t forget to plan the circulation of the concrete mixer trucks.
When the concrete is enough in one spot of the slab. There should be workers who level the concrete in order to make it to be as designed by consultant. You need to smooth the surface of the concrete very well. If the consultant ask for sample for the quality check, you have to prepare some for them, for slum test and strength test.
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