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!

Concrete Screed Shipping Video

Tom and crew were working on boxing up a new run of concrete screeds recently. Karen grabbed the video camera and got a few shots.
The TTI Screedright Pro ships in one box and is lightweight enough to go UPS. Because this concrete screed utilizes a wooden 2 X 4 as a screed bar, there is no large expensive screed bar to ship.
The TTI Screedright Pro is usually shipped same day and takes anywhere from one to five business days to arrive.
Shipping outside the United States is optional as well.

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!