Concrete ramp

Old 04-18-08, 08:49 AM
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Concrete ramp

I need infro for building a concrete ramp for my storage building, it is 8 foot wide and the floor of the building is about 4 inches high from the dirt. how do i frame it and is it ok to use the concrete in the bags so i will not have to have a truck come here. How do i frame it? Thanks
Old 04-18-08, 04:05 PM
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Hello, and welcome to the DIY Forums!

There's a good tutorial, right here on our site:

Yes, you can definitely mix your own for a job this size.

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I don't believe Connie's reference article is much help regarding this project. I am facing the same project as Mr. Burris, except my ramp is from the basement into the yard. It'a about a 6 inch drop. The ramp need so be four feet wide.

I know I can use bagged concrete but I'm unsure of the need to dig down into the earth as a foundation and if so how much...also, how about controlling the slope as the concrete is poured. The heaviest weight on this ramp will be my riding mower (and me on it) reinforcement needed in the concrete as well?

Past experience dictates that a wood ramp isn't a good idea, due to potential termite activity.

I would certainly like some more input from anyone that has had experience in building a ramp of this type.

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Pressure treated lumber will solve the termite problem.

Mixing the concrete to a thick consistancy will make it stronger and solve the "piling" or "running" problem.
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For a small shed ramp I would use PT lumber instead of concrete.

If you decide to pour the ramp, the concrete should be poured on compacted gravel. If you pour directly on soil the concrete will either settle, crack or both.

For both ramps it's a bag job. In my area it's tough to find a ready mix truck that will deliver less than a yard.
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ramp it up!

I just did a similar project literally last week! I Left the ramp 2.5 inches shorter than my shed floor and I'm going to brick over the top for a more finished look...

Make sure the ground you're putting it on is compacted (tamped) well. If it's on topsoil, you'll need to dig it out and lay some gravel for the base, otherwise you may get some settling...

Otherwise, just be sure to make it long enough so the slope isn't too great that your mower will catch the shed floor...

YOu should be just fine with quickrete. When you pour, make the concrete thick. Go light on the water and start at the lowest part of the ramp and build up to the highest...If you make the concrete thick enough you'll be just fine and won't have to deal with any "sliding."

Best of luck. Let us know how it turns out!
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ramp making?

you dont need to use ready mixed concrete with that size. you can just mix your concrete manually or with the use of bagger.
the first thing to do is to layout the actual size using stake and nylon strings. you can use level hose to work with the height. at the foot of the ramp, excavate 8" down soil. using tamper, compact the grade while maintaining the elev by adding earth on the depressed area. layer next the gravel for about 4" above soil grade and tamp if necessary. then, pour the concrete mix of 1:2:3. lower the w:c in order to prevent piling towards the foot. use portland...
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