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Concrete Forming - Tips on How to Form Concrete

No matter the type of form or forming system used, the most important factor to achieving good results is how the forms are installed. Forming is often overlooked in concrete construction, but using the right forming system and having it professionally installed can have a significant impact on the concrete's strength and appearance. Proper form installation will result in a uniform and smooth surface, with clean edges and few surface defects.

The growing availability of common forming materials at local hardware and big-box stores have led to a proliferation of do it yourselfers and weekend warriors attempting concrete forming and pouring, especially of concrete countertops. But unless you really know what you're doing, forming is best left to a professional. (See Are Concrete Countertops a DIY Project or Should I Hire a Pro?)

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