Tasks That We Perform
Have you ever executed a task in which you never thought you could perform?
There are many jobs; and for each specific skills are required. We usually do what our abilities, likes, or training permits us to help with leisure and living. Time comes when we do not have any of the above motivation and performance is needed.
This is the case of a concrete job that I became an assistant. I like construction work, but trust me that it never fails the distance between a concept and reality.
Concrete is a product composed of cement, sand and gravel or other coarse aggregate. Working with concrete is a heavy duty work. It shouldn’t be perform on a rainy day, for sun is a must. With sun comes the hot weather and movement of the body will pull out strength. If you work in the week, taking Sundays for a job with concrete; keeping in shape mentally and physically is what you will want the most. When you get in bed you feel bones you didn't even know existed. Imagine the effort added to this weather situation and the absence of tools; you kind of convert into “Felix the Cat”.
Trying to fill cracks is complicated if the mixture is too thick or thin. No fancy tool was required, just the plastic glass (I drank my juice to hydrate me) and my finger.
Home mixed concrete
Tools are important
We can improvise any tool, but it is much better to use the appropriate ones. Here are some of the necessary tools when working with concrete:
- bucket lid
- hand floats
- paddle mixers
Working with concrete is working with wood in many occasions and for this:
- plunge saws
- other woodworking tools
Some important concrete toolsClick thumbnail to view full-size
The mixture requires water and the mix becomes a mass of what you really wouldn’t like to have on your flesh. Plastic boots are part of the vestment. Gloves will help to keep the contact away but they ought to be of plastic also. I had cloth ones on giving a wet, nasty sensation beyond the struggle of keeping the off. dry cement
Useful concrete vocabulary
Includes sand, gravel, crushed stone, slag, recycled concrete and geosynthetic aggregates
Use of additional materials to make the concrete stronger and durable
Under every house is a foundation, and under the foundations footings that spread wide and vertical
A premixed concrete mixture made up of sand, stone, concrete powder, and water.
Materials used to reinforce concreteClick thumbnail to view full-size
Concrete projects with helpful linksClick thumbnail to view full-size
I selected the video below on how to mix concrete, for you to learn and start creating: sidewalks, benches, walls, foundations, footings, and so many great stuff. You may also use concrete to just fix something already done. Concrete like everything does not last forever.
May God bless us all by showing us how to survive with our skills.
© Maria Magdalena Ruiz O'Farrill
© 2012 Maria Magdalena Ruiz O'Farrill
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