Concrete Finishing Tips For Beginners | Power Troweling Floors

hey guys Mike here so this video is

gonna be about giving you some power

trial and tips especially a few new guys

about how to power trial concrete floors

you know what goes into it what kind of

team where it goes into it and some

things just to help you advance your

skills and advance your knowledge if

you're new to this channel Mike my

channel is all about concrete work

mostly flat work stamped concrete slabs

floors patios pool decks all that kind

of stuff teaching you guys and helping

you learn about concrete and also

helping you guys grow business if you

guys are looking to get in business for

yourself at my channels about helping

you to do that also so what we do when

we power trial concrete floors I mean

there's a lot of timing involved

and what you got to understand about the

concrete is just how it cures how it

dries especially in different

environments like today's about a 75

degree day nice and sunny out and the

concrete that's in the Sun is gonna dry

a little log faster or cure a lot faster

than the parts that are in the shade so

when it comes to power trowel and you

gotta you got to understand that part

the part of the floor here that's

closest to you in the screen that the

corner there that's in the shade is

actually where we first started pouring

the concrete floor so that's not drying

as fast as that part over there where

I'm hitting it right now now what I'm

doing is I'm I'm calling what we do is

we call it floating the concrete the

first pass like this is we call it


now you guys out there that power trial

a lot of concrete floors you know chime

in here down in the comments and let

these guys know your terminology too

about what you call this but our first

pass we call it floating the concrete

and then the the next pass is after this

we call it hitting it with a finish

blade so finishing so we have a float

pass and then our finish passes and when

I float when we float the concrete

there's a there's a few different ways

you can do it we do it with these

special blades called float blades that

slide on over the finish blades on a

pilot trial now you can have combo

blades on a machine

and the big machine right there you see

Luke Luke's in the blue shirt he's

running a four foot power trial that has

combo blades on it so with those type of

blades you can float the concrete and

finish them without changing any blades

on the machine and then there's one more

way you can float concrete and that's

with a pan in a pan is just a big round

circular piece of metal kind of thing

that goes under the power trial and the

blades clip inside the pan and then you

can float the concrete with that pan and

then take the power trial out of the pan

after it's all floated and then start

your finishing process so we just prefer

the float blades it's the way we do it

the most we've done it all three ways

and we like the float blade part of it

so as you can see I went around and I

floated all the floor that was in the

Sun first and I left the parts that were

in the shade to dry a little bit more

and now I'm coming back after I got all

the Sun floated and I'm hitting the

shady parts so well get that whole house

floor floated and then what we're gonna

do is we're gonna take that float

machine I'm riding I'm driving and we're

gonna put it down on the garage pot

there so me and Darrin are picking it up

and that section back there is actually

a garage it's about a 26 by 26 garage

back there so that concrete's ready to

float in the garage and Luke's Luke's on

lay down now with the four foot power

trial using the combo blaze so he's

laying down all the floor that was in

the shade that I just floated in getting

that smoother and then he'll go down and

on the shades part and stop laying down

the parts in the shade but he's gonna

have to keep his eye on that part in the

Sun cuz that's gonna dry twice as fast

it's gonna cure twice as fast as the

part in the shade so he's gonna have to

hit that probably three or four times

more than the part in the shade just to

make sure it stays nice and smooth and

then after he hits that part in the Sun

probably four times

maybe maybe five times it's gonna be

done it's gonna dry quite fast and he's

not gonna get much of a chance to rest

in between times he hits it either he


to go right back over where he started

finishing you know when he gets done

finishing down here at one corner he

might have to go right back up to the

other end and start hitting that again

that's how dry that's how fast it dries

in the Sun so I got the the garage all

floated and then we took those full

blades off the power trial then I'll

just use that machine down on the garage

and start the finishing process down

there like what I'm doing right now with

the laydown blades and we we usually

finish in a pattern - so we'll you know

we have a certain pattern we use going

back and forth and then the next time we

hit that section we'll cross that

pattern and go the other way and that

helps keep the floor flatter if you keep

continually going one way with the power

trial it just just randomly drive it on

the floor you're gonna create you know

some dips and humps that you wouldn't

normally get if you have a pattern you

go by and then you cross that pattern 90

degrees the next time you go you know

what Luke's doing is he's working that

shade part into the Sun and fine tune in

that little area and now he's going back

out in the Sun and making sure that that

didn't dry too fast

every time you hit it it gets smoother

and smoother as long as you don't wait

too long

you'll be able to keep smoothing it out

until you start seeing it what we call

shine out it'll start to blacken up a

bit right there that pot Luke just hit

starting to blacken up a little bit and

we call that shine in and out you other

guys let me know what you call that when

you're getting done in the in the

concrete stand have a sheen to it from

the power trial but so that one corner

up there is done by the by the pickup

trucks on the house out parts are done

and he'll keep feathering that down into

the shade until the shade gets finished

you can see every time we hit the floor

we go around and do our edges I got tea

and a B they have hand trials they're

going around doing edges keeping the

edges nice and smooth it's one thing to

have a really nice good-looking floor

but if your edges don't

good then I mean that's a firt that's

the first impression the homeowner shows

up they see some crappy looking edges

and the whole floor looks crappy after

that so it's important that you trial

your edges each time you hit it to make

sure your edges look nice and smooth

also so you can see this is this was a

pretty big house and garage we did I

don't know it was probably around 40

yards total and it's pretty easy for two

guys to run power trials to finish this

if you've got a lot of experience and

you know how to handle the difference

between the parts and the son and the

part and the shade also you know if

you've got good equipment - you got to

have good equipment guys and that's

that's what we run Whiteman's and we run

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this man's got : ball player data so you

can use

pass and you're finished

generally use finish blades and then

collates this one came to combo senator

seem to work pretty good

proceed me feels a special pair of shoes

Snickers day the summer sale

just the Luke's gonna finish that spot

up he is over there helping him do some

edges and there's a lot of good power

trials out there guys I mean mbw makes a

really good power trial then she's just

gonna you know try one out maybe you

could rent one see the kind you like and

you know and then what you can do is

when you add to your once you buy one

you know buy another one that's the same

one thing if you like it that way

eventually you have all the same stuff

and if you ever need parts you know you

don't have to be searching for different

parts for different companies typically

that's what most people do so we're

going to finish up that garage power

trial nap putting the shine on it and

then we're gonna take that machine right

off and you're gonna get to see how we

how we load these things in the truck


get that crane and was appealed he ever

went far down the strip

to continually pick these piles up by

hand and they got something like that

drop that thing down inside


all right so once you get a power trial

we are responsible when we get hired to

saw expansion joints in our floor so we

like to saw them the same day and we're

using this Husqvarna Prowler X 150 I've

got three different types of what used

to be soft cut saws but Husqvarna bought

out with soft cut so now that they're

called Husqvarna x' but the guys love

this saw so we can get right on the

concrete floor and saw the joints right

after we get done pilot trial and

there's no waiting just the way this

thing's designed with the skid plate on

it it doesn't Ravel the edges it gives

you a nice clean saw cut and then you're

not having to go back the next day so is

it a lot of money yeah I mean I I think

they're around the 25 $2,600 somewhere

around there to buy but I mean if it

saves you a trip from going back the

next day I mean it pays for itself in no

time and you can see how early you can

saw I mean Luke's still finishing up

that one corner that was in the shade

and we're soaring cuts I mean that's how

early you can saw this thing the earlier

you can saw your joints in the more

likely the slab is to crack in those

joints and it saw as fast - I mean we

measured out we snap our chalk lines and

then one guy's hard and it cuts it cuts

quite fast so it probably took to cut

this house and garage it probably took a

you know a total of maybe 15 minutes or

so to cut everything thanks guys see you

on the next one