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Build a wooden concrete bull float

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I needed a bull float for some concrete work I was doing at home but didn't want to pay over $200.00 to get one. I didn't want to rent one because the projects were happening over a period of months which could cost me more than buying one. So using item from around the house I made a smaller version of what the pro's use, for about $5.00 or less.
 
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Step 1: Gathering Items needed

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The items need can vary in size depending on what hardware you have.
The items needed for this project are:
1) dust mop with removable handle
2) 3 eye bolts, if using a wooden handle use the screw in type if not use the bolt on type.
3) 4 drywall or wood screws
4) short piece of a 2x4
5) fence tacks
6) flexible wire cable
7) 1/2 to 1/4 sheet of 1/2 to 3/4 inch plywood
8) duct tape
9) 2 ferrules
10) (optional) metal lever

Tools need:
drill, drill bits ( sizes depend on hardware used), circular saw, square (I used 3 sizes), hammer, crescent wrench, pliers, channel locks, pencil, tape measure and wire cutters.

Step 2: Measuring and cutting

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First removed the handle and mop cover from the dust mop, and tossed the mop cover.
Next measure the size of the mop head, mine was 3 feet long.
Next I marked and cut the plywood. I made mine 4 feet long and 18 !/2 inches wide.
The length I did because I didn't want it to be to long or heavy and the width was already cut from a past project so make it larger and wider if you want.

Step 3: Tacking it down

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Next I centered the mop head and tacked it down with fence tacks. You want to make sure the smooth side is down on the plywood. It will make a smoother finish on the concrete.
admiral0013 years ago
Good idea. as a concrete guy, i suggest making the float in a flattened oval shape like the frame you used. it'll keep the corners from digging in and put a little more downwards pressure on the edge. very good 'able