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To Power trowel or not, is the question of the day!!
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Greaseman    Posted 03-09-2002 at 17:06:47       [Reply]  [Send Email]
In the near future when a dozen and one other projects are done, I am going to be putting in a cement floor in 2 of the four bays in the work-shop. I am going to have an area wich is sectioned off and heated. In the floor I am going to have atleast 2 drain's with 2" PVC pipping to help with keeping things a little cleaner. Should one power trowel the cement floor? Or would this be just an added waste of good money?

JK-NY    Posted 03-12-2002 at 19:23:26       [Reply]  [No Email]

If you are pouring a floor in side a finished building you will probably be doing all the outside edges by hand and if you want any pitch to your floor drains that can be tricky with a machine if youre not real good with one. If it was me I'd finish it by hand, if it is too mch do one bay at a time.

REDNECKMATT    Posted 03-10-2002 at 19:43:42       [Reply]  [Send Email]
It depends more on the size of the pour and how much help you have more than anything. On large floors it's always nice to let it set a bit (it takes longer to get onto with a power trowel) catch your breath then goto town with the power trowel. But for sidewalks and small pours it's more of a pain to clean up the power trowel than if you just did it by hand.

BillNYS    Posted 03-09-2002 at 18:50:54       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Hi Greaseman, I can't offer any advice with the concrete but will share my opinion about below grade drain piping. I would put 4" in the ground, nothing smaller. Just my opinion.

Old Warrior    Posted 03-09-2002 at 18:04:15       [Reply]  [No Email]
Maybe i can help with this - the decision to use a power trowel is usually based on preparation and patience rather than quality of the end product.
If, for example, you have a driveway that won't set til the help is gone, or didn't have a manpower to do a real good screeding job and it got hot that day and things start curing faster than you can work up the butter, fire up the trowel. Power trowels can't get on a slab quite as early but can bury the gravel with a lot less effort.
If you want precision, (like real nice drainage) keep a wheelbarrow of extra mud handy & hand-screed twice (as the mud settles & shrinks) before pulling the boards. Sidewalks & driveways can be done once if you follow with a bull-float and use a broom finish.
For a shop floor, try to avoid any real shiny finishes as they'll get slick when they're wet. Lite-broom is about right. If you can do it, you'll never regret brooming toward the drains.
Is quality better with a power towel? We could argue that all day - store and garage floors use them. Most of quality involves the base, forms and rod boards anyway. The finish is artwork and trowels weren't meant for filling trenches. but they sure make a stake hole disappear! :)
What would i do? Line up a coupla kneepads, coupla kneedboards, coupla trowels, and work backwards with a ring of lights about a foot off the slab. They'll tell you more than i just did. :)

todd    Posted 03-09-2002 at 17:41:23       [Reply]  [No Email]
If it was me I would. It will be easier to sweep and keep clean. However it will make it slippery when wet or oily floor dry will absorb oil and grease better too.

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