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Concrete Screed
In concreting: A hand held straightedge used in leveling and tamping wet concrete.

aluminium screed

A hand screed can quite simply be a length of timber that is lightweight and straight. However most concrete contractors use aluminium ones like the one above, for convenience and ease of use with a good handle.

using a screed

The purpose of a screed is to take freshly laid and vibrated concrete and to level it to a consistent surface. This is done with a variety of backward, forward and sideways movements of the screed. Each time leaning the tool slightly to get a raised leading edge.

On jobs where no vibrator is available a heavier screed of timber is used with a man at each end and an up an down tamping motion compacts the top layer of concrete.

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