You want concrete, not cement. Often used interchangeably, there is a
The cost of the concrete is minimal. You need re-bar, forms, labor for
pouring and finishing. A good contractor in the area can give you the
Cement is one of the ingredients to make concrete.
I've not done any work like that for a very long time. I'd guess every bit
There are lots of types of contractors. I hope he is experienced with
concrete. It is a lot of work and not very forgiving. If you are pouring
in sections, it may not be so bad but for that size, you need a few people
My quote was for steel mesh, and dates a couple years back for a 32x24 floor -
$500. I suspect rebar will actually be higher.
Fiberglass fibers is a good alternative, and less than half the price of mesh.
Chris Lewis, Una confibula non set est
It's not just anyone who gets a Starship Cruiser class named after them.
I agree that fiber reinforcement (not all of it is fiberglass) is
preferable but make sure they are there. A few years back I contracted
to have a basement floor poured and specified fiber reinforcement.
Apparently, since I was out of state at the time he figured he could
improve his profit by omitting the fiber.
It ended up costing him when he had to remove and replace 110 cu yards
of concrete, but it was still a major nuisance.
Chris Lewis wrote:
<< My brother in law is a contractor so we are going to do the floor ourselves
and use the companies tools :-) >>
Let me be the first to predict that you will not be able to get the kind of
result you want with two inexperienced people on the job. Your brother-in-law
ought to know this if he is a contracter. You should get at least one competent
cement finisher on this project. And don't skimp on the concrete, go 5 1/2 bag
mix or better. HTH
My brother in law work for a construction company that builds foundations ,
drive ways, shop floors , builds new homes etc. everyday. He is the shop
foreman for the company. He and two other men that are his co workers will
be over to work. I will basically be the gofor .
He is planning on pouring it in 2 sections.
I guess I should have clarified myself.
To make you ask questions , no , it actually won't be a cold pour as the
temps have been in the 70's lately and it is even suppose to warm up more.
Probably be in the 80's when we pour the concrete, is this warm enough to
Cold pour = Cold joint. You said he is making 2 pours, for such a small area
this is certainly not the work of an expert. This certainly would not be
allowed by any concrete companies I worked for. The person making this
decision would be fired on the spot.
well if you gonna pour a slab floor you need a footing.. what area you
are in will determine how deep you gotta dig the footing.... and how
many cross footings you gonna have in this floor... and after you figure
that then figure how much wire mesh or highway mesh you gonna put down
on the entire floor and the size and number of rebars that you gonna
have in the footing... and when yo finish all of that you then can
go with 40 X 56 "40 sq ft. and then figure 4 inches is 1/3 of a foot
and then divide by three and get 746 cu. ft. of concrete and then
you look at a yard... 3 x3 x3 = 27 cu ft. = 1 cu yd..
746 divided by 27 = 27.6 and then multiply that by $90 and get a price
of $2488 just for the 4 inche of the top of the slab... and then the
labor.... thats a lot of labor so you will never be able to do it
yourself... probably need a crew of four or five of experienced cement
guys who know wha they are doing.. there is no stopping when the trucks
pull up and want to pour the cement.... so the crew has to be ready as
the trucks are timed and they cant wait....
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