Wheelbarrow – Essential if you need to transport the concrete around your job
Shovel & Rake – For moving the concrete
Spirit level – To ensure accuracy
Tape measure – For calculation of quantity required
Timber – To make pegs, formwork, and tamping beam
String & pegs – For setting out the area to be concreted
Trowel or float – For surface finishing
Brush – For cleaning up afterwards
Please be aware that concrete is both abrasive and alkaline, so protective clothing, gloves, boots, overalls etc should always be worn. Cement can burn sensitive skin.
Q. Will the truck mixer be able to get to the job?
A. The dimensions of a truckmixer are:
* Length = 6.6m (21′)
* Width = 2.4m (8′)
* Height = 3.7m (12′ 6″)
* Weight = 17 tonnes
* Chute length = 2.5m (8′) – see below
* Capacity = 4 cubic metres maximum
Please ensure that you can provide safe and reasonable access for the truck mixer, as we cannot be held responsible for damage caused to footpaths, existing driveways etc. You may be asked to sign an indemnity form at the time of delivery. Assuming that the truck can position itself at right angles to the job, the chutes have a maximum reach of approximately 2.5m or 8ft. This distance is reduced to around 1.5m or 5ft if the truck is only able to draw alongside the job.
Please allow a minimum of 8ft 6 inch (3m) for the vehicle to enter an opening, such as a gateway. This distance will need to increase if the vehicle cannot drive straight at the opening.
Q. What should I expect when my concrete is delivered?
A. When the truckmixer arrives, the driver will assess the required delivery location, and discuss with you the best method of discharging the concrete into place. If it is not possible to get the truckmixer close enough, and you have notified us at the time of ordering that you may require it, off-loading directly into wheelbarrows will be possible. If the truckmixer is required on site for more than 30 minutes, a small additional charge may be applied.
Q. How much notice do I need to give?
A. A minimum of 48 hours notice is required for concrete orders, but if you can give us more than that, there is a greater likelihood that we can agree the time of delivery with you. All orders will be confirmed with you by the relevant company by telephone as early as possible.
Q. How can I pay?
A. Payment can be made by Visa, Mastercard or Switch at the time of ordering, or for trade customers through a credit account subject to status. Credit and / or bank references may be required. Please have your details handy, card processing will take place within 24 hours before delivery.
Q. How long do I get before the concrete goes off?
A. The chemical reaction that takes place within a concrete mix begins as soon as the cement and water are mixed together. This means that usually you will have between 1 – 2 hours once the concrete arrives on your job to place, level, compact and finish the mix. Higher strength mixes will generally give a little less working time than lower grades. Please ensure you have enough people to complete your project on time.