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How to Prepare Foundation before Laying Cement

How to Prepare Foundation before Laying Cement

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November 21, 2006

It is important to know how to prepare foundation before laying cement or you run the risk of seriously undermining the strength, stability and life span of the cement. Just as a house requires a strong foundation, so too does the cement in that foundation require a strong foundation of its own.

If you have any doubts about how to prepare foundation before laying cement, do not attempt to just improvise. Learn how to do it the right way by getting a book, taking a workshop or, perhaps the best choice, hire an experienced cement contractor to do it for you.

How to Prepare Foundation before Laying Cement

The steps of how to prepare foundation before laying cement start with digging out the foundation area down to the required depth. You can do this entirely by hand or you can hire tools to assist with the project. Be careful not to dig too far down or you will just have to fill it back in again. Use a compacting machine to ensure the dirt is well compacted. If the soil is very sandy or otherwise not extra stable you may need to add a layer of gravel and then compact the gravel down, too.

Place the forms as needed, making sure they are firmly secured to the ground and to each other so they do not shift during the cement pour. Once the foundation area is properly prepared and the weather conditions are right, you are ready to pour the cement and move forward with your project.

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