04:47AM | 10/23/02
Member Since: 10/22/02
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I'm building a small addition to my home. I only have 16' of footers to dig. My home is situated such that it will be impossible to get a concrete truck within 150' of the dig. I only need 12 cubic feet of concrete for the footers. Can I place the concrete in the footers dry and mix it in the footer itself? This will be the simplest (cost conscience) method I can think of. Otherwise, it's rent a 3 cubic ft. concrete mixer and somehow pour a little at a time.



05:53AM | 10/23/02
Member Since: 03/13/00
1675 lifetime posts
When I had an add-on done, my builder couldn't drive a concrete truck over my septic system. So they used a small front-end loader. They put "mud" from the truck into the bucket and transported it that way, dumping the bucket of mud into the trench for the footers.


02:02PM | 10/23/02
You can rent a motorized wheelbarrow or “Georgia Buggy” (that you ride on) to transport the concrete. They are not overly expensive to rent and work well.

I would definitely advise you not to try to mix it in the trench. You will end up with a poor, weak, concrete mix and will see no end to the resulting problems. For a footing I would not even recommend mixing the concrete onsite in a mixer unless you are very experienced. Don’t try to save money or cut cost when pouring a footer. The rest of the addition can only be as good as it’s foundation.



07:52AM | 11/08/02
Member Since: 09/17/02
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That is a small amount of concrete to order, less than 1/2 yard. You probaly couldn't get it deliver anyway. Where I live there is a place that has these trailers they fill with concrete. You tow it home use the concrete and bring it back. They will mix anything up to one yard.
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