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    Safety Tips for Working with Concrete

    Last updated 7 months ago

    Because it is cost-effective and has so many different uses, concrete has been a staple for construction contractors and property owners over the past several decades. Another selling point of concrete is that it is relatively safe to work with, at least as far as building materials are concerned. Even though concrete is by and large a safe material to work with, there is a standard safety protocol that everyone should follow when working with concrete.

    Use Safe Lifting Practices
    Concrete is heavy stuff, and so too are many of the tools one uses when working with concrete. As you lift and carry heavy materials in preparation for pouring concrete, follow safe-lifting protocol. Bend your knees, don’t strain your back, and only lift and carry objects and weights that you are comfortable with.  

    Wear a Hat and Goggles
    As with most construction tasks, working with concrete should always be done with proper headwear. Wear a hard hat to protect your head and goggles to protect your eyes any time you work with concrete.

    Protect Your Skin
    To avoid the burning and irritation that accompany skin contact with concrete, wear dry clothes that cover your arms and legs. Waterproof gloves are strongly recommended when working with concrete.

    Use Pads When Finishing
    When texturizing or smoothing over concrete, you will find the work more comfortable if you rest your hands on knees on waterproof pads. Always wear clean clothes and thoroughly flush any skin and wash any clothes that come into contact with concrete.

    Let Others Know
    To protect passersby from concrete exposure, clearly mark the site on which you are working. Fences and barricades can help keep people who are not working on the project away from your site. Be sure to follow regulations governing construction in your area.

    At A-1 Ready Mix Concrete in San Francisco, safety is our top priority. Our ready mix concrete emits no harmful gases, and the fact that it arrives pre-mixed and ready to pour eliminates one stage of the concrete installation process. To learn more about our products or to arrange to have ready mix concrete dropped off at your construction site, call (510) 629-4523.

    Getting to Know the Many Uses for Ready Mix Concrete

    Last updated 7 months ago

    Sometimes, it pays not to do everything yourself. Mixing concrete is a prime example. Ready-mixed concrete, the sort that is delivered ready-to-pour, is advantageous to site-mixed concrete in several ways. It is also preferred for an array of uses, including small jobs and jobs that take place in compact places.

    Ready mix concrete is ideal for jobs that require small amounts of concrete because renting a mixer simply isn’t worth it. Ready-to-pour concrete is also great for jobs carried out on limited space worksites that do not have the spare room for mixing concrete and storing surplus aggregate supplies. And, because ready mix concrete is highly portable, it makes jobs that require a bit of concrete here and there go much more efficiently.

    To arrange to have the best ready mix concrete in the area delivered to your San Francisco or San Jose construction site, call A-1 Ready Mix Concrete at (510) 629-4523. We provide the best ready mix concrete at the lowest prices for contractors throughout the Bay Area. 

    A Guide to Pouring Concrete Step Form Liners

    Last updated 8 months ago

    Form liners are what keep the concrete we pour within its intended confines, helping us build solid and durable foundations for structures of all kinds. If you are working on building concrete stairs and want to brush up on how concrete step form liners work, check out this brief video clip.

    In addition to learning about the process of preparing a set of steps for its concrete foundation, you will discover the various ways in which you can enhance your project’s appearance while you watch this video clip. These include using a special step form liner that can introduce some color and texture to the concrete you poor.

    Texturing and stamping concrete stair rises is much easier today than it used to be. With the delivery of high quality ready mix concrete from A-1 Ready Mix Concrete, it is even easier. To learn more about our product or to place an order for your San Francisco or San Jose property, call A-1 Ready Mix Concrete at (510) 629-4523.

    A Brief Overview of How to Place and Pour a Concrete Slab

    Last updated 8 months ago

    When it comes to floor construction, no material is more DIY-friendly than concrete. While it can be messy, concrete is safe and fairly easy to work with. If you are working with concrete and want to be satisfied with the finished product, follow the steps on how to place and pour a concrete slab.

    Prepare the Site

    In order to lay a slab of concrete that will last, it is important to level the site on which you will pour. After obtaining any permits that may be required, measure the slope of the area on which you will build and then move soil around to flatten it.

    Establish a Perimeter

    Drive stakes into the ground to mark where the corners of your concrete slab will be. Then lay form boards along each side to help with the formation of a durable, even slab.

    Pack the Base

    Concrete should be poured over a flat, well-drained base. If your worksite has sandy soil, flatten the base in preparation for pouring. For best results, other types of soil should be covered with a thin layer of gravel. Pack the base higher in the center of the area, leaving a 12x12-inch trough along the perimeter for a thickened edge.

    Reinforce the Slab

    Line the perimeter form boards with rebar, overlapping individual bars to ensure that the entire perimeter is covered. This will help give your concrete slab the strength it needs to resist cracking and movement over the years.

    Pour the Concrete

    Once these steps have been taken, your site is finally ready for the concrete. For many jobs, ready mix concrete works best. After you place an order for concrete and before you pour, closely check the work you have done to prepare the site. Only pour when you are confident that it is ready.

    Before you can get to the final step of this process, you will have to purchase concrete or a concrete mixer and aggregate. To make this part of the process as easy as possible, arrange to have ready mix concrete delivered directly to your worksite. To speak with a supplier of the highest quality ready mix concrete in the San Francisco area, or to schedule concrete delivery, call A-1 Ready Mix Concrete at (510) 629-4523.

    Choosing Between Dry or Liquid Integral Colors for Your Concrete

    Last updated 8 months ago

    While classic gray concrete has its place in construction projects, many contractors and homeowners prefer to give their concrete a splash of color. Before you get serious about your upcoming concrete project, you should decide whether you want to use dry or liquid integral colors.

    The main difference between dry and liquid integral colors is that dry colors come in powder form while liquid colors are suspended in water. Dry pigment comes in a wider range of colors, while liquid integral colors are easier to mix. Dry integral colors have been in wide usage for over 60 years, and remain the most popular option for coloring concrete. Liquid integral colors have been gaining ground on dry colors in recent years, but remain more expensive.

    Once you decide on a coloring method, A-1 Ready Mix Concrete will provide the concrete. If you live or work in the San Francisco Bay Area, we’ll gladly sell you all the ready mix concrete you need. Call us at (510) 629-4523 or visit our website for more information.    

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