If you think building a concrete patio sounds like a big job, you're right. Know what's involved before you start this big do-it-yourself job. Take this quiz to see how well you know how to build a patio.
To build a nine foot square (7.5sqm) concrete patio, about how many days will it take?
two days or more
What type of ground is best for a patio?
For best results, which direction should the patio site slope?
away from the home
toward the home
For the patio grid, how big should each unit of poured concrete be?
How deep should the gravel base be?
How deep should the concrete be?
To frame the patio, what type of lumber should be used?
Why should you use machine-mixed concrete?
What is the most convenient way to machine-mix the concrete?
How may you prevent air holes in the concrete?
Poke through with a shovel.
Overmix the cement.
Undermix the cement.
How many people are needed to level the surface of newly poured concrete?
What tool should you use to smooth the leveled concrete?
To create a nonslip surface, what should you pull across the troweled concrete surface?
damp push broom
How long should concrete cure?
one week or more
What should you do during the curing period?
Wet it once a day.
Wet it twice a day.
How soon after curing may you place furniture on the patio?
How long does cement need to mix in the rental mixer?
at least three minutes
time specified by rental agent
What is the easiest way to purchase concrete mix materials?
buy premixed materials
mix your own materials
What is the least expensive way to purchase concrete mix materials?
Buy premixed materials.
Mix it yourself.
Neither answer is correct.
Other than Portland cement and sand, what else goes into concrete mix?