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Old 06-15-2007, 08:54 AM   #1
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Hello,

I'm new to this forum, so please be kind...
I have a pole barn 30x50 which has a sand floor. I would like to concrete it to use as my new shop. I would like to do the work myself which would of course need to be done in stages. Several questions:
1. Could this conceivably be done using a whole lot of 80# bags in a mixer?
2. Is it possible to just grid off sections for the pours?
3. Is the sand ok to use for the base?
4. Could I get by with a 4" thickness. would have tractor and truck on it.

I know this should be done professionally in one big pour but I have the time and (hope) energy to do a little at a time.

Thanks and your response is greatly appreciated.

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Old 06-15-2007, 10:18 PM   #2
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19 yards of concrete is a big pour for a DIY, and a bunch of pallets of quickcrete......can you feel your back aching yet? Yes to the rest of the above questions...if the sand base is good, 4 inches of concrete will support a tremendous weight.........one last thing...buying bags of read mix may cost more then calling for concrete...and finishers usually are reasonable if they do not have to form and prep before a pour...like .50 cents a square foot in my area.......you can save money by doing the forming and prep, and get the rest done correctly.....

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Agree with J. 100% about ordering it pre-mixed. You'll be surpised at the cost of this, vs. trying to do it yourself with bags.

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Thanks for the information. Guess I'll have to start saving and get some bids.
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