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Cement Placement, Sealer and Hardener, and Control Joints

Cement truck arrived and the pour began. Rebar and WWM were lifted up into the cement as it was placed.

Using a Laser Level to set the height of screed banks so that the overall floor is nice and flat.

Pulling up the WWM and adjusting the height of the screed banks.

Placing loads of cement between the banks for screeding.

The cement is all in place. Now it just has to cure for a few hours before it can be troweled.

Here two workers are troweling. One is doing the large area with the power trowel and the other is doing some
hand troweling around the anchor bolts.

First Power Troweling

First Troweling

Cutting away some cement and troweling to allow for an apron to enter the garage. This effectively puts
the exterior grade lower than the garage slab, keeping rain and snow a bit lower than the garage slab.

Hand Troweling the Lip of the Garage Apron

Another round of the power trowels.

Second Power Troweling

Power Troweling

Some final touches with the hand and power trowels.

Spraying on the sealer and hardener. This protects the cement while it cures into concrete and retards the 
evaporation of water, during hydrolysis.

Sealer and Hadener

Murray (the owner of Town and Country Forming) and I checking out the concrete slab.

A few days later, the control joints are saw cut into the slab. These are to help control any cracking that
typically occurs with slab construction by giving the stresses a "weak" point to focus on.

Cutting Control Joints in the Slab

This is the end of the cement work! Next is the framing phase.