Additional Keys to Ordering Concrete
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Concrete is a perishable product and the construction crew should be ready for concrete placement when the truck arrives. Notify the producer of any schedule changes or work stoppage as soon as possible. Ensure that the mixer has proper access to the placement location. A concrete truck weighs in excess of 60,000 lbs. when loaded and may not be able to maneuver on loose dirt or residential curbs and pathways.
When ordering, we recommend ordering 5-10% more than what has been estimated to account for waste, spillage, over-excavation, uneven subgrade, bowing in the forms, and change in volume as hardened concrete is 1-2% less than when it is fresh.
Miscellaneous Items to Note
- Placing procedures can potentially alter the characteristics of the fresh concrete. It is the responsibility of the purchaser to inform the producer of changes to the mixture requirements to accommodate these effects. An example is pumping concrete in place.
- When a job uses more than one type of concrete mixture, it is the purchaser’s responsibility to verify the mixture delivered and direct it to the correct placement location.
- The purchaser should check and sign the delivery ticket and document any special occurrences on the ticket.
- The concrete producer cannot be responsible for the quality of concrete when any modification or additions are made to the mixture at the jobsite. These include addition of excessive water, admixtures, fibers or special products, or if the truck has to wait for an extended period before discharging the concrete.
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