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 Surface Preparation
Before painting or wallpapering, you must prepare the surface. Learn more from DIY Network on how commercial products can aid in the process.
The right tools can make any job easier. Here are a few metal cutters each with a specific function that'll help get the job done.
Concrete Nail Gun
This concrete nail gun is a tough fastening tool that drives nails all the way through concrete.
8 Essential Wood Refinishing Tools and Supplies
A refinishing expert provides the lowdown on the basic products you'll need for your next refinishing project.
Match Textures in Plaster
Basic techniques for matching textures in plaster can be done easily using everyday objects.
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.
Sanding and Preparing Wood Before Staining
A little basic knowledge of sanding and preparing wood before staining will help a staining project go faster and easier.
Tools For Removing Paint
Removing old paint isn't a lot of fun, but a few paint removal tools can make the task easier.
Host David Thiel explains how Combi-hammers are used for drilling and chiseling in concrete.
Wire and Metal Cutting Tools
Check out the variety of tools that can be used to cut through wire and metal materials.
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