Originally Posted by bud16415
It sounds like what I would do. Keep in mind Im only a home owner like yourself and have only done this a dozen times in my life. When we poured the 24 x 48 floor in the house we broke it up into two days and two pours. If my math is correct if you pour a 4 inch thick pad you will be looking at about 6.5 yards. That seems reasonable to do at once given a few good helpers.
Do you plan on putting any reinforcing in it? Wire mesh? Are you going to saw cut it after for some break lines? Is the bull float finish going to be good enough for what you need or will you be hand troweling or something else? There are special trowels to do the edges and to make a break line also. Are you going to cover it with plastic as it cures? Is the pour in a location the truck can get to and deliver the mix around to your forms?
There are a lot of steps to a project like this even the preparation of the base and setting the forms.
I know how these projects can expand when the pants wearer comes on the project.
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A dozen time is 12 more than me. I've only done small patches in the past so I guess you can say im a concrete virgin.
Looks like I'm going to need 6.5 to 7 cubic yard total. Only got one other helper so between us we're going to wheelbarrow the concrete about 20 yard to the back yard, spread it out, screed and bull float then hand trowel. Hope we'll get by. Just a tad worry about screed with by hand because I heard it does wonder to your back
Plan on using extra chicken wire mesh and maybe a few reinforce bars for added strength. I already have an edger that Ill be using to cut 2 control joints. Hope that'll be enough.
Not planning on using plastic to cover or for vapor barrier. Will spray water mist 2-4 times within 24hrs of pouring.
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