Corners You Definitely Shouldn't Cut When Working with Concrete

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As a concrete supply house in Chicago, we see everyone from general contractors to newly trained masons. While you might not need to buy cinder blocks or ladder mesh reinforcement just yet, you can always use tips for working safely. We don’t want anyone to cut corners when it comes to concrete. 

Take your time.

Don’t rush the time it takes for products to dry or set. Concrete can ‘lift’ and ruin the work, or become a hazard. Think of all the hours you spent laying the product. Do you really want to ruin it for the sake of getting the whole job done faster?

Use the correct construction materials or masonry materials.

This means everything from the right tools to the right raw materials. What do you need?

Remember your safety gear.

Depending on the project and your role, you might need reflective clothing or you might need a mask. Wear your helmet and be careful with your joints. Your foreman or GC knows best.

Measure properly.

It’s a fine art. One brick too many or one ledge too short — you’re setting yourself up for a dangerous situation when you guess or estimate the numbers.

Don’t expect unrealistic results.

This hardly sounds like a precaution against corner-cutting, we know, but setting your bar too high can yield lazy work in the future. If you do a job well — even, and often especially, a simple job — you learn the correct methods and techniques better. You learn what works. Quality over quantity, every time.

Don’t cut corners when it comes to concrete.

Your safety is important. Trust the advice of professionals. We do not intend these tips for the everyday DIYer, nor can we recommend procedures. Reach out to a certified construction and masonry firm to get started. Contact us for a quote and find us on Facebook to learn more.

Cassie Vu