09:25AM | 08/06/01
Member Since: 08/05/01
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I hired a contractor but he cant seem to finish the job one excuse after another. he framed it and leveled wood out to pour but there are gaps on bottom. he also said because of thickness of patio no gravel is needed under the concrete. Is this true it isaproximatrly 6 inches moving to 12 inches as it moves away from the house. Also how do you smooth it out after you pour. I obviously no nothing about this . All input is appreciated.

Jay J

11:21AM | 08/06/01
Member Since: 10/26/00
782 lifetime posts
Hi LeeC,

I have the 'funny feeling' you hired the cheapest Pro. Perhaps now is the time to pay this one off (for at least framing the job), and hiring a NEW contractor.

You absolutely want gravel on the base. Anything from a driveway to a foundation needs to be drained. This is the MAIN purpose for the gravel. Also, consider some steel mesh to help 'hold' the concrete together. (It may be an extra cost but at that thickness, it's well worth it.) I hope he isn't tying the patio to the house. If it DOES want to move, it will pull the house w/it. I recommend no. DO READ the Post before your post on the Concrete WEB Page. In there, I speak of some same thoughts that would apply to you as well.

As for smoothing out the pour, there are a couple of way which I wouldn't be too worried about. Trowling or Skimming or Floating are just a few methods, among others. Do read the previous Poster's post w/my Reply. I think you'll find it useful.

My best to ya and hope this helps.

Jay J -Moderator

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