Yes please walk me thru building a form. Just get bunch of 2x4, crew em in to form a box ? If they arent long enough then use bracket to join them together? Reinforce with stakes, then use a paint brush to work cooking oil onto the wood for easy removal?
Cubic yard = 27 cubic feet, wheelbarrow = 4 cubic feet, 27/4 = 6.75 trips per yard,
6.75 trips x 7 yards = 47.25 trips. 5 minutes out and back per trip x 47.25 trips = 236 minutes/60 = 3.94 hours.
Of course 2 contractor wheelbarrows and two guys would cut the time in half.
Splitting a full load with your neighbor might be hard to get in.
A contractors wheelbarrow is 6 cubic foot but that’s full to the top and I think 4 is a reasonable number without making a mess.
I don’t know the time per trip at your house and guessed at the 5 minutes. the first push a guy will go a lot faster than the 47 th push. With two guys dumping and two guys working the mud that know what they are doing I think would be very busy for a couple hours.
On the forms we use a wooden stake every 4-5 feet. Level the forms to how you want the water to flow off. On a level if the bubble is touching the line you have about 2% fall, you need about half that, so about 1/16 from touching the line should be fine. We don't use any oil or anything else to help removal and have not had any problems. No need to bracket the boards together just use a stake halfway between the two. Here is a few pics of mine that I just poured.
Another thing I normally do when I can is plan on having a little extra and a place to use it. Form up an area where you might want a little pad for a garbage can or just outside a door and leave one end of the form loose. Sometimes you run short also depending on how close you are trying to figure it. It’s nice to have one end that it won’t hurt if you adjust the length. I have also seen guys pour 2x2 or 3x3 pads on the ground and then move them later to where they need a small pad.
When most people figure it out they use 4” as the height and then use 2x4 as the forms. The 2x4 is not a full 4 inches and that adds up over the area. If you get 7 yards where we figured you need 6.5 and add in the loss on the half inch depth of the form you might have quite a bit left over. Form the length long and then the 35’ you could bump out to 37’ if you need it on the fly.
No that’s a real bull float I think. If you have never used one it is made to go both directions and when you give the handle a twist the angle of the leading edge changes. If you just make one out of a piece of wood it wants to plow in. much harder to use.
I would look into a pump or plan on having a bunch of strong helpers and at least three guys moving the mud by hand. The longer you take the harder it is.