Graphical Construction Glossary >> Tools. >> Hand Tools >> Concrete 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.
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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