This publication is a basic guide outlining the standard practices and
procedures for planning, building, and finishing interior or exterior concrete
flatwork (sidewalks, driveways, patios, floors) and steps. It supercedes the PCA
Cement Mason's Guide. With expanded information pertaining to material
selection and construction practices, it supplies the reader with a wealth of
While intended primarily for concrete finishers and concrete finisher
apprentices, the information contained in this guide will benefit homebuilders,
contractors, architects, engineers, landscape architects, homeowners, vocational
education students, specification writers, inspectors, and others.
The recommendations given here are based on current best practices and
technical information (provided in both metric and inch-pound to allow for use
in government projects as well as public works). Note: Material selection,
construction practices and safety regulations for heavy commercial and
industrial applications are beyond the scope of this document.