I do not know where to start. I am looking for some bids and info on
pouring a foundation under an existing lake house. The cabin currently has
a dirt basement (and raccoons) and is dug deep enough so that we can store
our water heater and well pump. The cabin rests on steel beams and cinder
blocks (I think).
I tried calling some concrete guys but they were not nice and would not
Do I call a contractor or are there special companies that can lift a cabin,
dig out the foundation and pour concrete.
Any guess on Price - approx. 35 x 30
Depending on where you live there are people who dig
basements by hand on houses that are already constructed.
Look in the yellow pages and ask around. You may have to
go to a larger area to solicit help.
Bill Cleaver wrote:
If you just want to pour concrete down there without going deeper or
anything, just call a company that sells concrete. Tell them when you
want it delivered, and the price per yard. Concrete is normally
poured at 4 inches thick for something like that. At 4 inches thick,
one yard covers a 9 x 9 foot square. So, multiply 30 X 35 and you got
1050 sq. feet. Divide that by 81 (9x9), and you get almost 13. That
means you need about 13 yards. I was recently quoted about $75 for
one yard, but you may get a discount for that many. Now all you got
to do is learn to smooth it out.
Personally, I always mix my own concrete with a portable drum mixer.
But you got to buy lots of bags of portland cement, and get one or
more truck loads of both sand and stone. Then start mixing and
pouring. I like to mix it myself because it is cheaper, and because I
prefer to pour one square at a time so I dont have to rush or walk in
it. I just make a frame of 2x4's, and pour it, level it, and smooth
it out. You will save money this way, but it does require some work.
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