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    How to Stay Safe Around a Concrete Pump

    Last updated 1 month ago

    Safety is important whenever you are working with concrete. Knowing how to prevent accidents around a concrete pump will ensure your work goes smoothly, quickly, and safely. This video explains that working with concrete safely is largely common sense. 

    Remember that concrete may be pumping at high pressures and take care when you or others are near the pump. Only qualified operators should be in charge of the pump to prevent accidents associated with a lack of knowledge in handling machinery.

    A-1 Ready Mix Concrete offers delivery of ready mix concrete and the use of portable plants to ensure your next concrete project is a success. Contact us by calling (510) 629-4523 today to ask about concrete delivery and recycling in San Francisco. You can find more great tips for handling concrete and staying safe on our blog.

    Why Having Concrete Delivered Is Easier than Mixing It Yourself

    Last updated 1 month ago

    Concrete is made from a mixture of dry materials and water. Improper mixing ratios or techniques can reduce the quality and appearance of the final product. A-1 Ready Mix Concrete is pleased to offer same-day consultations for the delivery of ready mix concrete to enhance your next construction project.

    It Saves Time

    Time is a precious commodity. Mixing concrete properly takes time away from other aspects of your work, and this process may take longer than necessary if you do not have prior experience working with concrete. Having your concrete delivered, ready to go, right when you need it will save you valuable time and ensure your project stays on schedule.

    It Ensures the Quality of Your Concrete

    Concrete requires a precise ratio of ingredients to ensure strength, stability, and longevity. Even a small error while mixing concrete can ruin the quality of an entire batch, requiring you to start over from scratch. If the water used to hydrate your concrete mix contains impurities, they will also affect the overall quality of your concrete. Rather than worrying about the quality of your water or your mixing abilities, trusting a professional to mix your concrete before delivery will ensure the product you receive is of the highest quality.

    It Improves Worker Safety

    Working with concrete can be dangerous if you or your coworkers are inexperienced. Delivery of concrete to your project site can prevent injuries caused by exposure to concrete mix that may be caused by a lack of knowledge or experience. Furthermore, workers will not need to cart or carry heavy bags of concrete mix, risking injury to muscles or joints.

    Could you benefit from the delivery of ready mix concrete for your next residential or commercial project in San Francisco or San Jose? Contact A-1 Ready Mix Concrete by calling (510) 629-4523 to find out more about on-site concrete batching and delivery of ready mix concrete for any project. We also deliver colored concrete and crushed aggregates—check out our website to learn more!

    Essential Safety Equipment for Your Concrete Projects

    Last updated 1 month 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 1 month 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 2 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.

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