How to Lay a Concrete Pad for Your Portable Carport
A garage needs space that you might not have on your property and in such a case; a portable carport might be your only option. It is essential since your car needs protection when you park it outside your house. Carports have the option of being fully enclosed or partially covered, but the first option is always the laying down of the concrete pad. What is good about it is that you can do the job yourself with common materials that are ordinarily found in hardware stores.
Step 1 - Deciding on the Location
Decide first on where on your property you are going to place your portable carport. It should be as flat as possible and you can check on it by looking at the grade’s slope from side to side and from front to back. You can use a string line level that is tied between a couple of stakes. You can also do it by starting at a fixed point.
Step 2 - Marking the Area
Mark the corners of your carport area by inserting a stake on each. Measure 3 ½ inches from the ground and mark it by hammering a nail into the stakes and tying a string into it. This would be the height of your concrete slab. Stretch the strings between stakes and ensure they are level through their entire length. Tie the string all around the perimeter of the carport.
Step 3 - Digging the Surface
Dig the surface of the carport area to make a bottom that is level. Use the shovel in doing it and ensure that the dirt comes to 3 ½ inches below the string level you have marked on the entire area of the portable carport
Step 4 - Making the Frame
Start the frame by installing a carport post for each corner. Cut a 2x4 lumber to fit the length of one side of your portable carport. Place it along the edge of your dug area, at right angle to the carport post. Ensure that it is correctly leveled and nail it to the post. Do the same process on all sides, creating a frame where you will pour the concrete. The area behind the 2x4 lumbers should be filled up with dirt to prevent the concrete from pushing the lumbers off.
Step 5 - Laying the Wire Mesh
Roll out the wire mesh on the bottom area of the carport. With the wire cutters, cut the wire mesh 3 inches away from the form sides. Wear safety gloves in doing it to avoid being cut by the wires. Overlap each mesh sheet a little and ensure that the entire area is covered. To connect the meshes, twist the edges together. If the mesh is curling up, you can prevent it by turning it over.
Step 6 - Pouring the Concrete
Once the ready mix concrete arrives, fill the form with it. Place the chute at one end of the carport area and spread the concrete on the entire form by using a wet rake. You have to work fast in doing it. You should also tap the 2x4 lumbers so that the concrete will settle properly. To remove air pockets in between concrete, tap the surface frequently. This will ensure that you will have the strongest possible mix.
Step 7 - Finishing the Project
Wait for the concrete to dry completely before removing the 2x4 forms. This will leave a concrete pad that is raised from the ground. Fill the area around it with dirt so that the surrounding area becomes level with the pad.