DIY Home Improvement Forum banner

1 - 12 of 12 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
5 Posts
Discussion Starter #1
I have a house I'm ready to get started on but I'm missing one member of my much needed project team, A CONCRETE GUY! I've tried to no avail and cannot find one in my area, any suggestions. I live in Eastland County TX.

Thanks...Mike
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
6,730 Posts
the redi-mix guys'll know who does QUALITY work,,, w/few exceptions, craig's list shows who does the work cheaply :furious:
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
4,113 Posts
One thing about he recommendation from a ready-mix company is they want to see good contractors that are organized, do things right and pay their bills. If they do the work properly, the supplier will have fewer problems.

I have seen some suppliers that will not sell to contractors that do poor work or do not use the quality of concrete that should be used for a specific application (especially common when it comes to harsh climates or those with freeze-thaw problems).

Dick
 

·
JOATMON
Joined
·
15,307 Posts
rainman....listen to the above advice.....

As a DIY'r....I have learned that when I need to farm something out....I use the above approach...

The suppliers have no interest in promoting the work of bad contractors....they know very well who is doing good work...it's the guys that come in on a regular basis....have an account...pay their bills...and never have issues with orders because they know how and what to order.

When you go in to one of those places, you will most likely get the name of 2-3 guys and a short blurb about them....something like "This guy is really good but expensive...that guy is real busy so you might have to wait....this guy does great work....but is on vacation a lot"....or something like that....
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
5 Posts
Discussion Starter #6
Good advice...BUT...

Ok, I've read all of the replies and I really appreciate them all BUT...

In a town of 2000 people we have one ready mix plant, 10 miles away in the next town, and they recommend one concrete guy that apparently isn't "hungry" since he hasn't kept an appointment or returned a phone call in 3 months.

At this point I think I'm going to have to sub the concrete work out to a company that is going to charge way too much because they're going to have to travel over 90 miles to get to my build site.

Thanks again for everyone's input.

:cursing:
 

·
JOATMON
Joined
·
15,307 Posts
Ok, I've read all of the replies and I really appreciate them all BUT...

In a town of 2000 people we have one ready mix plant, 10 miles away in the next town, and they recommend one concrete guy that apparently isn't "hungry" since he hasn't kept an appointment or returned a phone call in 3 months.

At this point I think I'm going to have to sub the concrete work out to a company that is going to charge way too much because they're going to have to travel over 90 miles to get to my build site.

Thanks again for everyone's input.

:cursing:
Rainman....it's one of the benefits of living in the country....
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
5 Posts
Discussion Starter #9
That it is...also, in the planning phase of a building project it has also proven to be a hindrance.

Of course it is worth it but it doesn't mean it is any less frustrating.
 

·
World's Tallest Midget
Joined
·
1,467 Posts
It was good advice, though. I'd add one thing, ask a concrete truck driver. They know who does the best work, but they don't have a financial dog in the fight. If a supplier's best customer does so-so work, but buys hundreds of yards of concrete per month, that's who they'll recommend.

The driver doesn't really care about that.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
4,113 Posts
dadog -

Keep in mind that delivery is one of or not the highest part of the cost in delivered concrete.

A friend of mind that was in the aggregate and ready-mix business for 30 years with about 40 ready-mix trucks described the ready-mix business as being the most expensive way to sell aggregate because you turn over a $150,000 truck over to a driver, send him out and he becomes a part-time employee of the customer, running up the delivery cost, especially if was farther from supervision.

He eventually sold/traded his ready-mix business to a competitor that was more interested in concrete in exchange for his aggregate reserves. Both made much more money in spite of another 5 competitors that tried to split (or balance) their interests in a competitive market and were not able to isolate costs.

Also a future project will not get much attention, especially if price is mentioned. An individual will never get as good a price as a regular construction customer because of loyalty, payment history, ability to schedule and confidence in the contractors ability to work without problems.

Dick
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
5 Posts
Discussion Starter #12
dadog -

Also a future project will not get much attention, especially if price is mentioned. An individual will never get as good a price as a regular construction customer because of loyalty, payment history, ability to schedule and confidence in the contractors ability to work without problems.

Dick

I understand that but I also have to keep in mind that I will be paying the bills. If I don't have an idea of the cost which should be in the form of a bid then I do not know how much I should be prepared to write a check for.

When it comes down to it I am like most people and need to budget appropriately because I do not have a bottomless checkbook, if I did then I would not need to take on my own project rather I would do it simply out of desire and for the challenge not primarily for financial gain.
 
1 - 12 of 12 Posts
Top