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Concrete laying in Bristol

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Branch address

Malago Vale Ind Est
St John's Lane
Bedminster
Bristol
BS3 5BQ

Branch details

Tel: 0117 261 1220

 

Concrete Laying Tools in Bristol

For hiring concrete laying tools in Bristol visit Best at hire, your local tool hire centre.

When you are working with concrete it is vital to carry out thorough compaction after pouring it in order to achieve the best results. Our vibrating poker hire range helps you do this very effectively. These specific concreting tools are designed to help eliminate air bubbles from the freshly-poured concrete by forcing them up to the surface, leaving a stronger and longer-lasting concrete surface.

How to lay a concrete floor

  1. Clear away any debris from the pouring site (plants, rocks, grass, shrubs or old concrete, etc) to leave exposed earth. Compact this 'subgrade' using suitable tools.
  2. Prepare the subbase (i.e. any material on which the concrete is laid) using your chosen material (e.g. stones). Once again, compact it with suitable equipment such as a hand tamper or, for larger jobs, a plate compactor.
  3. Prepare a form - usually a wooden perimeter held together using special nails or screws, constructed around the pouring site.
  4. Add mesh or rebar (optional). An additional step sometimes used is to add wire mesh or rebar to your form to provide extra stability. This is a good idea for heavy load-bearing structures such as driveways with vehicles.
  5. Add and mix the concrete ingredients in your concrete mixer or wheelbarrow (if you are mixing it manually), adding as little water as you can (the drier the mix the more crack-resistant it will be) until you have a smooth consistency.
  6. Pour the concrete into the form, spreading it out with shovels / rakes, then screed the top surface to flatten it.
  7. Float the newly-screeded surface to compact the concrete. You can use our range of concrete pokers to ensure as many air bubbles as possible are removed from your newly-laid concrete, helping to make it as strong and durable as possible.
  8. Add traction by sweeping a tool such as a broom over the surface, creating marks and texture to prevent it getting too slippery when it is wet.
  9. Cure and seal the concrete to help prevent cracks and discolouration by physically covering it with a moisture-retaining barrier – either a layer of plastic sheeting, or a chemical curing compound – to stop the concrete drying out too quickly.

Hire online or by phone

Hire online or call us on 0344 288 8088. Collect your concrete pokers and other concreting tools from our Bristol depot, from another location in the South West, or from any of our other hire depots across the UK. We can also arrange delivery, with many concrete tools available the next day.

Our branch is located at Malago Vale Ind Est, St John's Lane, Bedminster, Bristol, BS3 5BQ

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