Couldn't get any help from in-laws, too rich and busy to be of use. They
themselves hire contractors to do their own projects so why should they
physically help me? Sadly that's their perspective. If I have a party they
would come, but if I need help, forget it. Most of my friends are out of
town or in another state and some in bad health. Anyway, there are some
Mexicans in the Home Depot parking lot a few towns over, so that might be a
possibility but my truck only holds a couple of helpers and they don't have
transportation. I have to drive them back, there will be a language barrier
and insurance issue so its not worth the hassle. I once hired some people
off the street on an hourly bases but it turn out cheaper if I had used a
licensed contractor in the first place. That was for interior painting and
screw ups I could fix but concrete screw ups are pretty much permanent
without a jackhammer.
I have a similar mixer and I have done a lot of concrete with it.
Working alone I usually say 20 bags or so is about all I can handle
and still have time to finish it. With a helper I can get closer to 30
but you still end up with the first batch setting up before you are
done so be sure you have that pretty close to right early.
Working with a mixer like this we have figured out you set up behind
the truck. Tilt the mixer toward the truck to load from the bed of the
truck, away to dump into a wheelbarrow and wheel it to the forms.
Starting higher in the truck you don't have to lift the bags as high
and you handle them one time less.
If you are over this amount, block the end of the form and start fresh
tomorrow where you stopped at a clean edge. Put an expansion strip
Once you get over a yard, get a truck. Even with the delivery charge
it will be cheaper than bags. There really isn't a minimum but you do
pay for the truck and then for the concrete so a full truck is cheaper
per yard than a yard. It was $348 for 2 1/2 yards of 3000# gravel 2
weeks ago in Ft Myers Fla. and they know us. Strangers get a $100
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