5 Tips For Preparing For The Arrival Of Your Ready-Mix Concrete

Posted on: 1 February 2016

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If you are ordering ready-mix concrete for a large DIY project, such as installing a new walkway or driveway, it is important that you are fully prepared when the concrete arrives. This is because concrete, even with additives meant to slow the hardening process, needs to be placed and set soon after it is mixed. Also, most companies charge an extra fee if their concrete mixer stays at your site for longer than a half hour or hour. There are a few things that you can do to make sure that your site is fully prepared for the arrival of your concrete order so the truck can pour the concrete and go. 

Plan for the Site to Be Totally Ready One or Two Days Before Your Concrete Order Arrives 

You should have your site fully prepared by the time your concrete arrives. This involves leveling and compacting the base and creating any timber frames that you plan to use. By planning to have these steps completed one or two days before your concrete is scheduled to arrive, you will have extra time in case something goes wrong. You do not want to be scrambling to finish timber frames while your first order of concrete arrives. 

If you fall behind schedule on your project, you should call your concrete provider as soon as possible to reschedule your delivery and avoid cancellation fees. 

Be Sure the Truck's Access Point Remains Clear 

While you are preparing the project site, it is possible that you will end up blocking the access points that the concrete trucks will use to reach your site. This can result in you having to pay more to have the concrete pumped to your site or have the truck wait while you clear a path for it, costing you time and money. 

Ideally, you should request a consultant visit your site before you order the concrete and discuss possible access paths with you. When you determine which access path you will use, you should flag the area and make sure it remains clear while you prepare your work site. 

Be Dressed and Ready to Work When the Concrete Arrives 

Once the concrete leaves the trucks, you will have limited time to lay the concrete before it begins to set. It is important that you are ready to work immediately. This means that you and anyone else working on the project should be dressed in work clothes and have your safety gear and tools nearby, ready to go. 

Designate Someone to Accept Delivery While Other Workers Get Started Laying the Concrete Immediately 

If you order small shipments of concrete to be delivered in multiple trucks, you should designate one or two people to accept the concrete while everyone else working on your project continues to work on the previous concrete delivery. Ideally, one delivery will be fully finished before the next one arrives. However, designating someone to accept each delivery and get started on the next part of your project will allow you to continue working if you fall behind schedule. 

Space Your Orders Out Longer Than Necessary 

If you are spacing your delivery out in multiple loads, you should order deliveries further apart than you think you will need them. This will allow you to have a short break between deliveries if you finish on time and will give you a slight buffer if your project does not go as quickly as you planned. 

Ordering ready-mix concrete can greatly speed up your large concrete projects. However, if you are completing a DIY project, it is important that you are fully prepared for the arrival of your concrete and have a plan to work with it quickly and efficiently once it arrives. If you have any questions about how else to prepare, consider contacting a local concrete company, such as Hanover Concrete Company, to discuss your concerns.