Top tips for a level concrete base

We always say that the key to an easy log cabin install is a firm and level base.

With this in mind we thought we would write a few pointers to make laying your concrete base go as smoothly as possible.

The majority of our log cabins require a 100mm or 4″ poured concrete base. On our larger models we recommend 150mm or 6″ poured concrete base.

First step is to measure and mark out the correct size on the ground. Place the timber shuttering on the ground in position and then knock into the ground some posts along the outside edge of the timber. Make sure the top of the framework is level then screw or nail the timber to the posts. Make sure your frame is square by measuring the diagonals of the frame from corner to corner and then fit a damp proof membrane into the frame that you’ve built. This helps prevent damp occurring under the cabin and provides a secure area to pour your concrete into without it spilling outside of your shuttering. We recommend and always use pre-mixed concrete which is delivered by a mixing lorry, but alternatively you can make a concrete mix yourself for the base.

The next step is to pour in the concrete and “tamp” the area down which is basically pushing it down, this is advised to be done with two people (one at either length of the piece of timber) using a length of timber . Level the concrete using a length of timber which rest on the sides of the frame and is used in a saw like action to take off excess cement in that area before moving further along. 

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There is always the option of putting your feet up and letting our team of log cabin installers do all the hard work for you. If you would like our team of installers help please contact the team on 01362 470075, where they will be more than happy to book you in.

 

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