Using Ready-Mix Cement For Your Construction Job

Posted on: 19 March 2018


Cement is a big part of a lot of construction work. If you are building anything that needs a foundation or pad under it to support the structure, you are more than likely going to want cement to build that solid foundation. Along with foundations, some jobs use cement in the walls and even in the ceiling of the project. Getting the right mix for your needs is important.

Planning The Project

When a building is in the planning and design stages, the architect may specify a cement mixture for the contractor to use. If you have to have a specific cement mix, you need to talk with a local cement supplier, like P & L Concrete Products Inc., and see if they can mix it for you. Many cement companies can offer you custom mixes, but they may have a required amount that you have to order before they mix anything. Check with them to determine the minimums that are required and the amount you will be using on your job. Cement that is mixed in advance in any formulation and delivered to you ready to use is considered ready-mix cement.

Being Ready For Cement

When you are putting your forms together for the cement that will be poured on the site, it is important that you have them ready when the trucks start rolling. If a truck has to sit and wait on the site, the cement in the drum can start to cure. Keeping the cement turning over will help, but ready-mix cement, the material that is coming to you premixed and ready to use, can start to plasticize shortly after it is mixed. Once that process has started, there is no reversing it, and a delay using the cement may result in the entire batch being lost.

In It For The Long Run

Once the cement starts coming to the job site, you have to be prepared to stay there and work the cement to get it finished before the end of the day. Leaving the job half finished is not a good idea, but with a little planning and an early start, you can get the job done. In some cases, you may be using such a large amount of cement that you have no choice but to pour it into sections on different days. As long as the cement that you are pouring on or against is cured, adding another section is okay. You probably should talk to the engineer at the cement plant about what amount of time they recommend before you add the second or additional sections on top of the first pour.