How thick a slab?


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Old 04-28-06, 01:13 PM
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How thick a slab?

I have 2 large plastic tanks that hold 250 gallons each. Water being about 8 pounds per gallon, the two tanks should weigh in around 4000 pounds when full.

I assume that I'll need to pour a small slab (3'x6') to hold the two tanks.

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What precautions do I need to take to make sure that the slab will be secure under so much weight? What thickness of concrete? What material under the concrete? Anything mixed in with the concrete?

Also, would these tanks sit safely in the dirt if I were to try that route? Would the weight and the fact that they are plastic cause problems? Would it help to fill them slowly so that the ground can compact under less than full weight?
 
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Old 04-28-06, 01:25 PM
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How thick a slab?

A slab formed with 2x4s (3-1/2" thick) would be adequate.

A driveway slab can support more the 4000# at the 4 small areas the tires sit on. You are spreading the 4000# out evenly over a much larger area.

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