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!

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.

 

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?

TTI Screed Map Update

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Just a quick update on my “election day” blog. We have added three more *new* states to the map. Of course… the offer still applies for those states who have not yet joined the TTI family! If we have not shipped a screed to your state yet; LA, MS, TN, WV, VT, ME & CT… give us a call and mention the blog… receive FREE shipping:)!

Trade Tool Innovations visits Triton Marine Construction

I finally put a video together of our stop-in to see Steve at Triton Marine Construction in Oahu Hawaii. Triton Marine purchased two concrete screeds to use for their company. After shipping them UPS to Hawaii, Steve and crew retrofitted the screed to meet their need. They work on the famous “Cam Highway” on Oahu by repairing the concrete decking. Steve told us that they use a fast drying quick lay concrete to patch up spots on the highway and then use the TTI Screedright Pro to strike off the wet concrete. The concrete screed is a big help in expediting fast, flat concrete pours like the highway decking repair in Hawaii.
Triton Marine extended the handle bars on the TTI Screedright Pro to reach across the highway. Triton Marine also modified the screed to accept a true 2″ X 4″ magnesium screed bar.
The damaged highway decking is first sprayed with a high power stream of water that leaves the steel reinforcement exposed. The area is then filled with concrete and struck off with the concrete screed. The process is so efficient that the repaired stretch of highway is ready for traffic in a matter of hours.
We had a great trip and one of the highlights was certainly seeing the screed on the job site! Mahalo Steve and Triton Marine!

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Trade Tool Innovations

Do It Yourself America!

Stand up America! Do it yourself! Stop waiting for Obama, Oprah, whoever to bail you out! In a day and age where it seems we are lead to believe that the American dream will be handed to us if only we are on the right “reality show”…
I say: Here is a reality show for America!

JB Concrete Construction Concrete Screed Review

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Here is a recent email we received from Jason Bales of JB Concrete Construction. Thanks for the great feedback Jason!

Tom,
Thought I would take a moment and get you some feed back about your screed machine. Here in Indiana, been a little cold so had some time to do the things that should have been done this summer. Anyways, I contacted you about the screed machine early in the summer, and our crew kicked the idea around whether we needed it or if it would even perform. We finally decided to give it a whirl. The machine arrived the day before we were to start a 9000 lineal feet side walk pour for a city curb and sidewalk renovation. We put it together that night and had it on the job in the morning. First truck of 10 yards arrived at 7:00 A.M., by 7:20 we had 10 yards down, striked off, consolidated and closed off. Wow! Any ways we normally pour 30 yards a day in sidewalks, not bad for a four man crew, but by noon we had 30 yards on the ground. The driver was not able to unload as fast as we could strike it off. All said and done, less fatigue by the user, faster finish time, more controlled concrete. Even the ready mix company commented on the machine. Said it got their trucks in-service faster, which meant more concrete out the door for them that day! Time is Money!!
Again THANKS!!! for a great product. We did pour almost 3 miles of walk with it this summer, and still going strong.. Paid for itself the very first day!!

Jason Bales
JB Concrete Construction LLC
jbconcrete1@kconline.com