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Ready-mixed concrete is a versatile and durable material perfect for long-lasting home improvements. Whether you’re embarking on a small DIY project or a major home renovation requiring professional assistance, Thomas Concrete offers a wide range of products and flexible scheduling to meet your project’s needs.

Handling and Placement

Proper handling of concrete is crucial. It must be placed, compacted, and cured correctly to ensure strength and durability. Weather conditions such as heat, rain, or cold can impact the quality of concrete. Poor compaction and curing can result in reduced strength and durability.

Ordering

Provide as much information as possible to your Thomas Concrete representative to ensure the right concrete mix with the appropriate consistency and workability. Accurate estimation of quantities and details about vehicle access and placement methods are essential. Remember, the mixer truck, when fully loaded, weighs over 60,000 lbs and measures approximately 30 ft long, 8 ft wide, and 13 ft high. Ensure safe access for the delivery vehicle, considering its size, weight, and ground conditions.

Preparation Before Placing

Before the truck-mixer arrives, ensure everything is prepared with adequate manpower to place, finish, and cure the concrete quickly. If casting on the ground, remove stones, weeds, and topsoil. Compact the sub-base and cover it with sand and plastic sheeting to prevent moisture loss. Ensure rigid, level, and clean formwork is in place, along with the necessary equipment for compacting and finishing the concrete. If direct discharge into forms is not possible, a concrete pump will be needed.

Placing

Concrete has a usable life of about 1.5 hours under normal conditions but loses workability more rapidly in high temperatures. Ideally, place and finish concrete within an hour of discharge. For hot weather or slower placements, consult your Thomas representative for recommendations. Handle concrete with care and use the correct personal protective equipment to avoid skin irritations from its alkaline nature.

Curing

After placing, protect fresh concrete from drying effects due to sun, wind, and frost. Curing involves maintaining adequate moisture and temperature in the concrete during its early stages to achieve the desired properties. Start curing as soon as possible, before the concrete begins to dry out or cool down. For advice on proper curing techniques, contact your Thomas representative.

For more information or to place an order, contact us today and let Thomas Concrete help make your home improvement projects a success!

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