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erin w. 07-24-2007 02:51 PM

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My contractor is telling me he can't get a cement truck around the back of my house to pour a patio!!! Could this be true?

dcd22 07-24-2007 03:04 PM

If there is stuff in the way (ie: tree) sure. The other issue could be pitch or grade of the yard, width to fit the truck, etc...

I had this issue with my addition, but just removed a tree and all was fine.

What is the reason he gave?

comp1911 07-24-2007 03:11 PM

Of course it can be true for various reasons.

Can they wheel it or pump it?

jogr 07-24-2007 03:16 PM

A concrete truck may not fit back there but there are a number of ways to get the ready mix concrete back there. Boom pump, line pump, bobcat, power buggy, wheelbarrow. It just depends on the size of the job and budget. And there's always bags for a small job in a really hard to get to spot.

Ron6519 07-24-2007 03:21 PM

The truck doesn't have to get next to the site, it just needs to get close. If he can't figure how to get the concrete from the street to the patio, get another contractor.
Show him a picture of a wheel barrow and see if there's any recognition in his face.

AtlanticWBConst. 07-24-2007 06:52 PM

If it has to be "pumped"...plan on it costing a premium...

Tscarborough 07-24-2007 07:10 PM

If it has to be wheelbarrowed plan on a premium, for that matter.

erin w. 07-24-2007 08:04 PM

My contractor said that the pitch was too steep. So I said OK, if I can't get a stamped concrete patio what about a stone patio? He said, you need concrete for that too!!! I don't know anything about building a house so I'm wondering if he's trying to pull a fast one on me! I think he's lazy or he is just not experienced!

Tscarborough 07-24-2007 08:11 PM

It could be either. Considering that this is a Do It Yourself site, ask yourself these questions:

How would I do what I want done? Would it be practical or feasable within the constraints of my budget and my skills.

Obviously the contractor has made the observation that it is not for him or you under the circumstances.

joasis 07-24-2007 08:36 PM

Get a second opinion from another contractor, you already have an opinion about your original contractor that won't improve. There may be a number of reasons he is reluctant to try to have a ready mix truck back up a steep slope, and you didn't provide much information....if the patio is large, it could take several yards of concrete, and maybe he isn't wanting to see ruts cut a foot deep in a slope that the truck will get buried in...maybe he doesn't own the equipment he needs, or your budget precludes pumping the mud.....

warnerww 07-25-2007 10:46 PM

Sure it is possible but even where I live you can get it pumped for $500 or their is always the wheelbarrow party. I have done a few of them the biggest so far was 40 yards. It was done by family and friends unfortunately I was one of the friends but we got the job done and did get some good memories out of the job.

HiFi 07-27-2007 12:38 PM

depends upon the place U live.If its obstructed fcouce U cant.U might need to clear away trees

troubleseeker 07-28-2007 10:51 PM


Originally Posted by erin w. (Post 54355)
My contractor is telling me he can't get a cement truck around the back of my house to pour a patio!!! Could this be true?

Quite possible, but that does not mean he can't get the concrete back there. Unless it is a very large patio, or extreme distance from the street, most concrete crews can easily wheel barrow the mix to the back yard, either by man power or with the aid of motorized wheel barrows, often referred to a "Georgia buggies" (don't know why). And as a last resort, it can be pumped, but as mentioned by others, it will cost for the equipmnet rental.

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