Tools for concrete work

Besides ordinary carpentry and garden" tools, you will need to improvise, rent, or purchase several specialized items: a tamper for compacting earth, a darby or bull float to smooth wet concrete, an edging trowel to round off edges and separate them from the forms, & jointer to groove control joints into the slab, and a rectangular concrete trowel to finish the surface.

Once concrete starts to flow, it's too late to alter the forms, run for tools, or look for more help. So, before you start mixing or the ready-mix truck arrives, make extra sure you have everything and everyone you need on hand.

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