Q.: Where can we get a reliable manual on concrete finishing?

A.: One extensive discussion of finishing is given in the Concrete Construction special issue on concrete finishing and related problems, April 1979, also available as a reprint collection. Another good manual is Cement Mason's Guide to Building Concrete Walks, Drives, Patios and Steps, published by the Portland Cement Association. Both publications are available from Concrete Construction Publications Inc., 329 Interstate Road, Addison, Illinois 60101.