I helped a friend pour and finish a 40' sidewalk yesterday and now have some questions for those with concrete/pool deck experience. I'm going to attempt my pool deck in the spring and this was a test for me.
- after the pour, screeding and initial float, how long do you wait for the next & final float? or when do you make your rounded edges and control joints?
- we waited roughly 45-60 minutes for the bleed water to settle.. then we did a final float, broom finish, then the edging and control joints
- only problem was the concrete was too hard IMO.. the edging and joint process was a pain in the a** as the cement was just too hard.. rocks kept pushing up and we had to mist the area frequently. There must be a trick to the timing of this.