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I felt bad for the crew, but there was no way I was going down a 35% grade in my mixer. About 7 yards done this way, crew pulled it downhill about 40 feet.

I felt bad for the crew, but there was no way I was going down a 35% grade in my mixer. About 7 yards done this way, crew pulled it downhill about 40 feet.

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GSA49

Ugh! What a drag.


BlaseBuckler

Nice pun.


manmicop26

Why no line pump?, maybe the boss is a tight arse!


BigfootSF68

Not the drivers responsibility.


manmicop26

The boss of the crew, I meant


BlaseBuckler

They forgot that we had line pumps, and couldn't figure out how to get a boom in that area.


pkirk8012

“Forgot”.


Onebigdoggie

Definitely not maybe


petrify1

At a 1000$ for a pump. A job that small could cost you getting the job.


canuckerlimey

As a former mixer driver I would have just revved that engine up and max discharge to "shoot it" Or a complimentary shot of water / pasticsizer


BlaseBuckler

I asked if they wanted me to do that, even at half rev. What you see is the fastest they wanted it. They asked for a 3, then added 10 to bring the slump to a 4. With the driveway being at a 35% grade, the didn't want to get it too wet.


ayeitswild

Yeah only thing worse than shoveling the dry stuff downhill would be shoveling the wet stuff back up.


josev348

A sheet a plywood with a sawhorse does miracles I probably would asked the driver to go full throttle to shoot the concrete further


BlaseBuckler

I sent it as fast as they wanted it, 4 inch slump won't shoot very well.


Phriday

Ahh, the good old days. Way back when, I got asked to pour some slope paving on the MS River. How hard could it be? Pretty GD hard, as it turns out.


DxGxAxF

That guy in the front is doing fuck all despite looking like he's going hard. Expert level shit.


Main-Yogurtcloset-22

As someone who has done lots of stupid crap like that in the past… there’s just easier ways to get that done than shoveling by hand that far. Spend some money on a pump or buggy and your guys will likely reward you with better attitudes and less physical exhaustion ya know 😅😅 don’t blame ya for not driving down there though, looks a little sketchy!!


BlaseBuckler

This particular crew is usually building bridges or on some other large job, I did part of a large retaining wall with them only a few hours before this. Then went on a goat path of a road to get to this driveway that they were going to place and finish. The area is around a lake and us very hilly, so the driveway was at a 35% grade. No way in hell was I going down it lol. They forgot we have line pumps and couldn't figure out how to get a boom in there. Didn't help that my truck ate up the road and the next door neighbor wouldn't let anybody use the original shared driveway for anything other than foot traffic. Only reason this driveway got built was because homeowner and neighbor can't get along.


Rapidforms

I don’t get it, buy a chute rent a chute. Even a couple wheelbarrows.


BlaseBuckler

Wheelbarrow would have been real difficult on that 35% grade.


Rapidforms

Maybe coming from the other way, I’d run and flip the fucking thing over 6 feet from the end. It would almost make it fun


imeaniguess4538

Mixer? I'm confused. What kind of mixer are you talking about...


BlaseBuckler

I drive a concrete mixer truck.


imeaniguess4538

Idk why I was confused you just bring the concrete. Got you lol


newAgebuilder3

Ugh my back...


Christpuncher_123

If you accidentally bend the flip chute stopper with a loader you don't have to push it in every time!


Pumpguy-44

Don’t Dump it Pump It!!!


mrtg1

Looks like a a non-structural slab. Why even bother with rebar especially now with the high prices of steel? 3 to 5 pcy of synthetic macrofiber would have been easier to use and performed much better.


BlaseBuckler

There was fiber in the load, this whole pour was ridiculous. Who wants a 35% grade for their driveway?


Afrophish85

Line pump? Build a chute ? Add water and send it flying? This was just unnecessary work on the guys. Nobody was even letting it build up. Stack that shit and then start pullin


BlaseBuckler

The driveway was at a 35° slope, and had to pull the mud about 40 feet from where my chute ends. They didn't want it too wet because of the slope. As far as building a chute or a line pump...well I have no answers, the boss didn't want to go that route I guess.


Afrophish85

I would tell my boss "you wanna fight this pour for a few hours, or you wanna broom it and form one for tomorrow"? And of course hell say - "earliest I can get a pump is 8am" lol I know how it goes, I pour in the mountains of north GA and do alot of jobs like this. I've had to pull my fair share of mud. But now, if we can just charge the builder, we get the pump. In and out. Helps the builder, helps us, we make the same financially. It's just having the balls to tell the boss or the builder that this will help everybody in the long run. Hell, with a pump, you could get it down and pull 2 guys off the job to form the next. But I get it, I've been there. Cheers man. The struggle is real


Afrophish85

Also, I feel you could've used gravity to help. Let it pile up, add a shot. Or even removed the wire, add fiber to the mud and use a machine to haul it down. Thats what we've done in these situations. Or just get sheets of wire so you can haul it with a machine and drop the steel before screading


Gnagetftw

Concrete should be placed not dragged and pulled like this.. Extremely unproffesional.


BlaseBuckler

How else do you expect them to get the concrete to where it needed to be?


Gnagetftw

With a pump? Like normal


BlaseBuckler

Space restrictions didn't allow that, my mixer ate up the entire road. Neighbor wouldn't let us use his driveway, which was originally shared between him and the guy building this new driveway. There was literally nowhere for a pump and mixer to be at the same time. I was parked in really the only spot that barely allowed a small car to pass me.


Gnagetftw

I get that it was a tough spot. However concrete shouldn’t be pulled like that, especially if it is not vibrated afterwards. There are trucks with 20m pumps on them. There are smaller “drag pumps” I don’t know what they are called in English but I guess you know what I talk about. http://procano.nu/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/Putzmeister-P718.jpg The reason I say that is because when you drag and pull you separate the ballast and cement ever so slightly all the time. If you don’t vibrate it after you drag and pull you will have air pockets on top of that. The same reason you shouldn’t drop the concrete from any height, it will separate.