The Ultimate Building a Patio Quiz

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4 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

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?

Allow at least two days.

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What type of ground is best for a patio?

Level and well drained land is best suited for a patio?

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For best results, which direction should the patio site slope?

The site should slope slightly away from the home.

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For the patio grid, how big should each unit of poured concrete be?

Each unit of poured concrete should be three-foot square.

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How deep should the gravel base be?

For the base, use three inches (7.5cm).

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How deep should the concrete be?

Pour each unit of concrete to a depth of about four inches.

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To frame the patio, what type of lumber should be used?

To prevent rot, use pressure-treated, ground-contact lumber.

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Why should you use machine-mixed concrete?

Machine-mixed concrete is stronger than hand-mixed concrete.

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What is the most convenient way to machine-mix the concrete?

If you rent a portable mixer, you may decide when to mix the concrete, and renting is much cheaper than buying.

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How may you prevent air holes in the concrete?

To prevent air holes, while spreading the cement poke through with a shovel.

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How many people are needed to level the surface of newly poured concrete?

You will need one assistant for this job.

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What tool should you use to smooth the leveled concrete?

Use a wood float to smooth the still-wet concrete.

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To create a nonslip surface, what should you pull across the troweled concrete surface?

Pull a damp push broom across the troweled surface using a light touch.

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How long should concrete cure?

Cure the concrete for a least a week.

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What should you do during the curing period?

Once or twice a day, wet down the curing concrete. To wet the concrete, use the fine spray setting on a garden hose. After every wetting, recover the concrete with a plastic covering.

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How soon after curing may you place furniture on the patio?

Wait a least a week after the curing period to place furniture on the concrete patio.

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How long does cement need to mix in the rental mixer?

Ask the rental agent for mixing times, but mix for at least for three minutes.

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What is the easiest way to purchase concrete mix materials?

The easiest way to purchase the concrete mix materials is to buy premixed gravel-mix concrete.

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What is the least expensive way to purchase concrete mix materials?

The cheapest way is to mix the ingredients yourself.

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Other than Portland cement and sand, what else goes into concrete mix?

Coarse aggregate is the third material added to the concrete mix.

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