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Concrete Screed Visit

Tom had a chance to visit with a new TTI Screedright Pro customer last fall. Dean is a small business owner who needed to do some quick concrete flat work in a mobile home park. The Screedright Pro was just the tool he needed to do the job. Dean formed up and poured several driveway aprons. He was able to simplify the job by screeding off the 12 X 24 foot slab with the Screedright Pro.  One man running the screed is a lot easier than having two on the screed bar.  Each slab was poured in a matter of minutes. The TTI Screedright Pro utilizes a wooden 2 X 4 to screed off wet concrete. There are no expensive aluminum screed bars to purchase. The all steel frame is light weight and easy to move from job to job. The TTI Screedright Pro is manufactured and shipped from Trade Tool Innovations in Wyoming. The screed arrives via UPS in one box and is easy to assemble and begin use. Please visit www.toolsbytom.com for more information. Call 307-745-9488 if you have questions or would like to purchase!

 

 

Concrete Screed Review

Jim ordered a TTI Screedright Pro early last summer and here is a short review of his experience with the one man power concrete screed.

Tom,

I used the TTI power Screedright Pro to work 6500 sq ft of concrete. We tried to keep the concrete 1/4 to 1/2 inch above the bottom edge of the 2×4. We laid 8 ft x 83 ft and 10 ft x 83 ft strips inside the Morton Bldg. On the outside the door slabs were 20 ft x 30 ft. A 10 ft x 60 ft sidewalk was added to one side of the building. Their were three people and the Screedright that did the concrete work. The Screedright packed the concrete very well. A few times their were areas that we had to go over twice because the concrete was high in areas. Plastic tips were fabricated to fit on the ends of the 2×4’s used to decrease the ware on them. The Subaru engine worked great and started on the first pull. The throttle cable worked, but could be better. It would stick and needed to be adjusted quite often. The Screedright packed the concrete at 1/3 throttle speed very well and did a very nice job with all the concrete we had to pour. Working with concrete is a very hard job and you need that extra helping hand. The TTI Screedright Pro was a very good investment and it saved us time and labor hours. It was easy for one person to handle. Doing the work ourselves saved us thousands of dollars! Tom, I would like to see you develop an aluminum adjustable edge (length wise) besides using a 2×4. I am sending you pictures of the concrete work we did with your machine.

Regards,
Jim K. South Dakota

Thanks for the pictures Jim… great building project!

THE Concrete Screed for Municipalities, School Districts & Other Govornment Entities

We have sold several of the TTI Screedright Pro concrete screeds to municipalities, school districts and other government entities over the years. If you are a director in one of these areas, it would make perfect sense for you to have one as well.
Here is a letter from Ray Alley, City Manager/Public Works Director for the town of Holbrook Arizona. He purchased two to use for their city needs.

Tom & Karen Gabriel,

-As you stated in your email the City of Holbrook purchased not one but 2 screedright pros power screeds from your company.

Let me explain why we had to buy 2….. The City of Holbrook took on a very aggressive street project where we are replacing asphalt with concrete roads. In doing so we ordered our first power screed from you and laid well over 2 miles of new concrete roads with the little screed. We were pulling 16 foot pulls even though you said it was made for 12 foot. After completing the 2 miles of road we thought we better order a backup screed from you in case the first one ever went down. Long story short we have done a few more miles of road and have still not had to even open the new one because the first one is still going strong. I have been doing concrete for 30 + years and have never had a more valuable tool than your little screed…

If you ever need a testimonial you are more than welcome to give out my name and number to any potential buyers.

Again thanks for such a wonderful product

Ray Alley
City Mgr./Public Works Director
City of Holbrook
928-524-622
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The TTI Screedright Pro can be utilized for many community projects a few include: Valley Pans, Sidewalks, Street Patches, Walking Paths, Floors, Patios, Park Pads, and Sports Courts. Money and time can be saved by doing these projects in house. The TTI Screedright Pro is the perfect machine to have on hand for all kinds of concrete jobs on your list.
Call or email today with questions or if you would like to order.

Newest Concrete Screed Video

This video was sent in by Norman from Puerto Rico. Norman purchased two screeds a few months ago to use on a large road project his company was pouring in central Puerto Rico. We were excited to receive this video and loved how we were able to check out the TTI Screedright Pro in action thousands of miles away. It looks as if the concrete company formed up two very long strips of road and then poured each side in one long concrete pour. No doubt the concrete screed quickened the process along and alleviated wear and tear on the crew.
Because the TTI Screedright Pro utilizes a wooden 2 X 4, it can be easily shipped to most locations. Aluminum screed bars are costly to ship and often require special truck shipping. The TTI Screedright Pro ships in one box and comes ready to go. The operator has to attach the handle bar, add a wooden screed bar and add gas.
Another reason that the TTI Screedright Pro is a popular choice is that the owner can cut the screed bar to his desired length for each project. No need to carry around various sizes of screed bars. Thanks for sending in this video Norman!

Decorative Concrete Patios

A couple of months ago I posted an example of a concrete driveway enhanced by a decorative stamped edge. Alongside that photo was an example of a regular concrete driveway. The decorative driveway was more appealing than the plain concrete driveway and the same can be done with a back patio as well.
Rodrigo from Nevada sent in these photos of some work he had completed using the TTI Screedright Pro concrete screed.

This concrete patio was first formed up using a flexible forming system. Either an outside curb was formed first or Rodrigo simply leveled off the concrete in one flat pour. The crew used concrete stamps to obtain a cool texture to the concrete patio. Control joints were cut into the slabs to prevent undue cracking along the concrete slab. After the concrete had time to dry, the crew used concrete stain to place color on the patio. The rounder patio has a darker brown edging that helps the star in the middle to pop.

The rectangular patio was first formed up using wood forms. The concrete was screeded off and then allowed to settle some before stamps and color were added to it as well. I am a bit stumped as to how they obtained the “marbling” design in this example. Anyone out there in concrete world, please pipe in if you know how Rodrigo obtained that look!
And as always, happy screeding!

Aluminum Screed Bar on the Concrete Screed

The TTI Screedright Pro utilizes a wooden 2X4 as a screed bar. Every so often Tom gets the question: “Can I use an aluminum bar on your screed?” Sometimes concrete guys like to use a metal tube as a screed bar or they have purchased several sizes of aluminum screed bars and want to use them.
While the TTI Screedright Pro was originally designed to accept a wooden 2″ X 4″, it is possible to use an aluminum screed bar as long as the width is 1 1/2 inches. The ears on the concrete screed are designed to saddle over a 2″ X 4″ , which is actually 1 1/2″ wide.

Trade Tool Innovations is currently looking into offering a Screedright Pro that accepts a magnesium screed bar.  The new screed owner would have the option of using a 2″ wide magnesium screed bar or a wooden 2″ X 4″ by simply adding a 1/2″ plywood shim.

Concrete people around the world… let us know what you prefer!  Are you a 2″ X 4″ guy or a magnesium only guy?  If you like the idea of using an aluminum screed bar, let us know and tell us why!  We will toss in free shipping when we get the new screed design up and running.

We will always offer the 2″ X 4″ design.  We have noticed that some concrete professionals and hobbyist prefer the ease of cutting the screed bar to fit the job.

 

Sealed Stamped Concrete

Here is an update to my previous post on stamped concrete. The concrete contractor added a colored seal to the edging of the new concrete driveway for a new construction home. The contractor also included a little landscaping in the new home package.

The first thing to consider when looking for a concrete sealer is to examine weather the sealer will be applied indoors or outdoors.  For this project, the contractor was looking for a product specific for outdoor use.  Your product should have good UV resistance and also be waterproof.    Usually an area like this gets a lot of foot and vehicle traffic and the new homeowner should consider applying a new coating every couple of years or so.

Build Your Own House (using a TTI Screedright Pro)!

Some of you who follow our other blog, tipsbytom.com, may have notice a feature called “Do It Yourself Home Building“.  This story is based on emails received from Tom’s brother-in-law who is building his own home, green house and workshop in a town in northern Wyoming.  Chip, his wife Peg, and their two children have literally built these structures from the ground up.  We were there for a couple of days this summer and were amazed at their progress.  I took several pictures of their home, and shop area as well as some of the landscaping they have started in the yard.

They designed and built the home and shop area with sustainable concrete in mind.  All the floors are colored and stamped concrete.  The outside entertaining area is comprised of an outdoor concrete kitchen, stamped concrete patio and a fire pit/ seating area.  The yard also has a beautiful and functional handmade rock river flowing through it.  River rocks sit on a bed of formed concrete.  A natural drainage ditch runs through the concrete/rock river to create a natural river rock sound, as well as serve as an irrigation source for the yard.

All of the floors  in the house and the greenhouse/shop/garage were struck off using the TTI Screedright Pro.  Chip and Peg also used the concrete screed to level off the sidewalks and driveways as well.

It is a job well done!

Concrete Outdoor Kitchen

Outdoor Concrete Fire Pit

New Construction: To Stamp or Not to Stamp?

I try and take a walk pretty much everyday. I have noticed a couple of new homes going up in our neighborhood. These are fairly similar homes, although one is a bit more high end then the other. Both driveways were poured about the same time. On one house, the contractor decided to stamp the edges and accompanying sidewalk. The other house has a traditional non-stamped drive. The stamped driveway does take a little more time and money to complete. On a new construction, it shouldn’t take that much extra effort though.

The first few steps are basically the same.  Forming the slab and sidewalk with wooden or plastic forms.  The concrete is poured, screeded off and floated in the same manner as well.  If a concrete contractor is looking to add extra decorative design, he or she will allow the concrete to dry just enough to be able to apply the concrete stamp.  At this point, the contractor can apply color if desired.  The stamp is usually a small rubber  form that lays over the concrete and is moved around to form a pattern.

More and more homeowners are adding a stamped design to their new construction as a way to spruce up the look of their landscaping.  What do you think?  Do you like the stamped look or a more traditional concrete flat work?

Concrete Guys Wherever You Go!

While taking a short trip to northern New Mexico we couldn’t help but stop at a little place called the “Lone Pine Trading Post” in Tres Piedras. In fact, aside from the closed Pink School House, the Lone Pine was the only place to stop. We were glad we did. Aside from a great home made lunch out of the small building erected there, more on the lunch later, we had good conversation with three guys who just completed a morning of concrete.

They poured 40 yards by hand and were ready to hit the local gathering place for a guacamole burger and some fresh lays. Debbie and Gil were happy to accommodate. The minute we exited our truck and wandered through the make shift flee market we felt right at home. Debbie was in her apron ready to whip up a quick lunch and the guys simply had to let her know they were there and she seemed to know exactly what they might order.
As we sat under the high desert sun, conversation was easily struck. Of course, Karen tried to sell them a concrete screed, to make their next job a little easier. But it was discovered this was a do it yourself job. We did pass off a few business cards to give to friends who were in the concrete business.

At any rate, if any out there are passing through New Mexico, be sure and stop at The Lone Pine. Great food, friendly conversation and we even discovered that the little cowboy who made it to Hollywood on American Idol, Garrett from Wyoming, sometimes works there!