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    Essential Safety Equipment for Your Concrete Projects

    Last updated 5 months ago

    While concrete is an incredibly safe building material, precautions should still be undertaken by anyone mixing, laying, or finishing concrete. One of the easiest ways to protect yourself around concrete is to wear the proper safety gear. Safety gear will prevent contact between your skin or eyes and the concrete to reduce the likelihood of injury.


    Goggles should always be worn by any workers while handling concrete. Dry concrete mix can easily blow into your face and irritate your eyes. Wet concrete may spatter into your face, also causing pain and irritation. Make sure any goggles you wear when working with concrete protect not only the front of your face, but incorporate full coverage or side shields as well to protect your eyes from every angle.

    Protective Clothing

    Mixed concrete can be very caustic to skin, causing burns if your bare skin comes into contact with fresh concrete. Additionally, drying concrete will draw moisture from any source available, including your skin. Therefore, it is essential to protect any exposed skin when you are working with concrete. Wear heavy waterproof gloves that still allow you the dexterity to handle your tools safely. Cover your arms and legs by wearing long sleeves and pants, and make sure to wear footwear made from thick, non-mesh material.

    Wheelbarrow, Shovel, and rake

    Whether dry or wet, concrete can be heavy. Workers risk causing injury to the back if proper care and moving techniques are not observed. Use a wheelbarrow to transport concrete materials rather than carrying bags of mix or wet concrete yourself. Mix and pour concrete as close to its final location as possible to minimize the need to move it. Push concrete into place using a shovel or concrete rake to avoid muscle strain when placing concrete into molds or forms.

    If you’d like to learn how A-1 Ready Mix Concrete can help with your next concrete construction project, call us today at (510) 629-4523. Our family-owned and operated business takes pride in placing our customers’ needs first. Click through our website to learn more!

    What Is Recycled Concrete and What Is It Used For?

    Last updated 6 months ago

    Recycling is the process of converting waste materials into a new, reusable product. Concrete recycling is a cost-effective and environmentally-friendly method of transforming old concrete into new material that has many applications. Recycled concrete is made by crushing concrete from roads, driveways, and structures into rubble. This rubble is available in varying sizes for numerous purposes. Larger rubble is ideal for use in landscaping applications, such as flowerbeds and drainage fields. Smaller rubble from recycled road base or sand can be used to make new concrete or as the base for a new road or driveway. Recycling old concrete for new applications can cut your construction costs as well as keep waste materials out of landfills or junkyards.

    A-1 Ready Mix Concrete offers concrete recycling and crushed aggregates for sale. If you’d like more information about recycled concrete, colored concrete, and ready mix concrete in the San Francisco area, call us at (888) 429-0767. Check us out on the web for more concrete information, ideas, and tips for large or small applications

    How to Prepare a Walkway for Ready Mix Concrete

    Last updated 6 months ago

    Ready mix concrete can create a beautiful, functional, and long-lasting walkway that will serve your needs for many years to come. Laying a concrete walkway is a task any homeowner can complete on their own. With careful preparation, you can be ready to go when the concrete arrives for a project that goes smoothly and quickly.

    Design the Walkway
    First, you must design the size and shape of the walkway you’d like to create. Once you’ve determined how your walkway will look, create an outline of the path using 12” hardboard siding cut into six-inch widths. Stake the siding down on your lawn in the desired shape of your walkway and use marking paint to draw an outline for digging.

    Excavate the Area
    Most of the work that goes into creating a walkway is excavating soil, sod, and other material from the path so that concrete can be laid. Remove soil to a depth of six inches to accommodate the concrete slabs. If your yard is unevenly sloped, you should also consider elevating the walkway so it will drain properly. Excavate an area three inches wider than your intended walkway on either side to provide room for your concrete forms.

    Prepare the Forms
    Wooden forms hold concrete in place as it dries. You can build forms from either rigid lumber or flexible siding, depending upon your walkway’s design. Drive stakes into the ground every three feet, attaching them to the forms with drywall screws. Pack down the soil inside the forms, then spread four inches of gravel to provide additional durability for your concrete. Place steel mesh over the gravel, cutting it to fit inside your forms where it will prevent heaving, cracking, and buckling in your finished walkway.

    A-1 Ready Mix Concrete provides premixed concrete, colored concrete, and crushed aggregates in the San Francisco area. Call us at (510) 629-4523 to schedule delivery of ready mix concrete for your next walkway, patio, or other home project. You can learn more about laying and drying concrete on our blog.

    Backyard Concrete Patio Project

    Last updated 6 months ago

    A concrete patio provides a convenient location for family get-togethers and neighborhood parties. The design possibilities are limited only by your imagination, allowing you to create a backyard space that you can enjoy for years.

    In this video, you will see how a complete patio makeover transforms an older, out-of-date yard into a usable and modern space. The main patio uses sand-washed concrete with integrated bands of bluestone and a black pebble perimeter to allow drainage and guide the eye away from the house. This home’s patio also includes a dining area, a pool, and a fountain. 

    Are you ready to create a concrete patio to improve the functionality and aesthetics of your yard? A-1 Ready Mix Concrete is here to help; we provide ready mix concrete for use in both residential and commercial needs. Check out our website or call (510) 629-4523 to learn more. 

    How Does Concrete Harden?

    Last updated 7 months ago

    Concrete is comprised of sand, gravel, crushed stone, Portland cement, and water. These ingredients are mixed together, then poured into forms or molds to create the desired structure. Adding water to concrete starts the process of hardening, which occurs via hydration. Hydration occurs when the molecules of the concrete ingredients bind with the molecules of water, causing an increase in strength as the mixture forms a crystalline structure. Because of this reaction, concrete will even harden underwater, increasing the versatility of projects use concrete as a building and support material. Concrete will continue to harden long after it dries, getting stronger with each passing year. Although hardening happens quickly at first, the reaction slows down significantly over time. Concrete is tested at 28 days to provide a standardized process for measuring strength; by this time, most of the hardening process has been completed.

    A-1 Ready Mix Concrete is pleased to provide top-quality ready mix concrete for both residential and commercial use. Let us help you with your next construction project; call (510) 629-4523 to schedule a free consultation in the San Jose and San Francisco areas. You can learn more amazing facts about concrete on our blog.

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