Making sure I have enough concrete


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Old 06-01-06, 01:04 PM
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Making sure I have enough concrete

I'm going to be pouring my patio soon and have estimated my concrete needs. I want to make sure I have enough and wondered if there was a rule of thumb on ordering a little more concrete than thought necessary to make sure you have enough to finish the job. (Example: If I think I need 5 yards, do I order 20% more just to make sure I have enough?)
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Old 06-01-06, 01:45 PM
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Are you ordering this concrete from a ready-mix plant, to be delivered in a mixer truck? If so, I would order at least 1/2 yard more than you think you need. If it's a big area, maybe a yard more. It will cost an extra $100, but believe me that is more than worth it to avoid the headache of running short and trying to get more.
Make sure that you grade your fill stone/sand/base material so that it is exactly 4" (or however thick you're pouring). That way, you won't run out and then decide that maybe it was closer to 5" thick. Good luck.

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Old 06-01-06, 05:55 PM
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My standard modus operandi when doing concrete/masonry work around the house is to have a secondary project that can, but does not HAVE to be done. Then I can order excess and use it if needed, and put it off if not. For concrete, you can pour splash zones under your hose bibs, form up some 12x12 pavers or fill in washouts, etc. 5% would be a minimum over-order, and you better have been pretty accurate on your grading and forming to use that number.
 
 

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