Working successfully with concrete takes a lot of practice. But with the proper tools, you'll be off to a good start.
Mix concrete cheaply using an old wheelbarrow and a garden hoe.
A Special Concrete Mixing Tub
You could buy a special mixing tub that does the work for you. Simply pour the concrete mixture and water into the tub, and turn the top, which turns plastic blades inside the tub and mixes the concrete.
A screed is a standard 2"x4" block of wood that's used to remove excess concrete and bring the surface to the correct grade.
Using a Screed
Cut the screed 2' longer than the width of the surface. Use it to spread the concrete, moving the screed back and forth across the surface.
Hand and Bull Floats
Hand floats and bull floats are used before final finishing to smooth the concrete's surface. Floats can be purchased or made by attaching a broom handle to a length of 1" by 8" wood.
A Steel Finishing Trowel
A steel finishing trowel is used to smooth concrete for a final finish.
A Concrete Edger
A concrete edger is used to round off the edges of concrete slabs.
Groovers are used to cut grooves or joints at regular intervals in concrete slabs.
A Hard-Bristled Broom
A hard-bristled broom can be used to add a rough, skid-resistant surface to concrete.
Tools For Removing Paint
Removing old paint isn't a lot of fun, but a few paint removal tools can make the task easier.
Wire and Metal Cutting Tools
Check out the variety of tools that can be used to cut through wire and metal materials.
Types of Wall Scrapers
Painting and wallpapering often require scraping off what's already there. Dozens of scrapers are available, and your choice should be determined by the task.
Drywall Tool: Screwgun
Host David Thiel reveals this innovative tool that makes installing drywall even easier.
Hardwood Installation Tools
Follow these tips about the tools needed for installing engineered and hardwood floors.
Roofing Tool Basics
Check out information on the benefits of these basic roofing tools and how to use them.
Buying Guide For Secondhand Tools
Secondhand tools can save you money without sacrificing quality. Learn how to find bargains on used, but useful tools.
Drywall Tools and Prep
Find the essential tools needed for installing drywall.
Tips for Demolishing Concrete
Learn how to break up an existing concrete pad without becoming overwhelmed or injured.
Advice on Ordering Concrete
Hosts Dean Marsico and Derek Stearns give helpful tips on ordering concrete, including how to measure properly and how weather can affect your order.
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