Tools and Accessories

The Concrete Best Tools & Accessories For Professional Results:

You’ve chosen concrete for your next project. Concrete is one of the durable construction materials —look at some of the reasons you’ll be glad that you chose concrete.

  • It lasts 2-to-3 times longer than other construction materials
  • It doesn’t rot or rust
  • Low maintenance
  • It fits into any shape or design
  • Very little waste

Concrete projects have a long lifespan, so having the right concrete tools at hand help ensure that the project is properly poured, finished, and visually appealing.

Just remember — concrete projects require advanced planning because once you mix that batch of concrete or the concrete truck arrives, it’s time to pour.

What are the best tools and accessories for professional results?

While there are many high-tech power concrete tools, hand tools are still the essential tools of the trade for large projects or smaller residential jobs. Here are some of the essential tools for achieving professional results.

  1. Accessories – gloves, safety glasses, levels, tape measures, levels, and a square-ended shovel. Ensure these are well maintained and always have a backup replacement on hand.
  2. Concrete Screeds – after pouring, screeds are used to strike off (aka screed) the excess concrete to ensure a level surface. Don’t scrimp by using a 2 x 4 that could be warped. A magnesium or aluminum screed is lighter weight and simpler to clean. Some screeds come with a build-in or clamp-on level.
  3. Concrete Floats – floats are used immediately after tamping or screeding, and the floating process is often called bull-floating or darbying. Concrete floats help fill voids, level ridges, and ensure that the surface is ready for troweling.
  4. Groovers – groovers create joints to help minimize cracks in the concrete caused by the drying(curing) of the concrete or due to temperature changes. Hand tooling joints is usually used if you’re pouring sidewalks, a driveway, or a patio.
  5. Knee Boards and Sliders – knee boards, also known as sliders, allow you to begin finishing the concrete earlier. Knee boards distribute your weight to go out on the concrete sooner than you would be able to walk on the recently poured concrete.
  6. Moisture/Vapor Barriers – a concrete vapor barrier is usually constructed of polyethylene plastic. It sits on the subgrade to help prevent the moisture in the soil from seeping up through the concrete.
  7. Safety Equipment – concrete presents a couple of specific health risks. You’ll be on your knees as you finish the surface of your project, so knee pads provide both comfort and protection. Rubber boots and gloves provide protection against burns that may occur when your hands, legs or feet are exposed to wet concrete and provide easier cleanup.
  8. Sprayers – sprayers are used to apply stains and sealers. Before buying a sprayer, make sure you know some important details about what you’ll be spraying. Acid stains corrode metal parts, so plan on just one use from a plastic pump sprayer. If you’re applying nonreactive dyes or stains, opt for higher-end sprayers that produce a finer mist.
  9. Tampers – Rolling tampers are used for low slump concrete, and they push the coarse aggregate below the surface, which helps consolidate the concrete. Another type of tamper is used for even applied stamping.
  10. Trowels – troweling is done after floating, and trowels ensure a dense, hard, and smooth surface. On smaller projects done by hand, both floating and troweling are completed before the finisher moves their knee boards.

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