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    Concrete Quote / Professional advice sort after from you kind people please

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    Hi,

    just had a quote for a concrete patch 5 metres long 4 metre wide area, covers about 2.2 cubic meters of concrete, and with hardcore and steel floats.

    had a quote of £895 complete works.

    with mini digger hire and skip, includes all parts and labour.

    my question is, is this a decent quote, or a complete rip off?

    Need the works doing, cant do them myself, and need a good job done, he said he wasnt the cheapest but he's very good apparently.

    So do you get what you pay for? or is it daylight robbery?

    thanks a bunch.

    Sam.

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    Hanson Multi Purpose Concrete Bag 25KG
    £7.47 x 22

    £164.34 for the concrete, water is free.

    Job takes probs up to 8 hours. for 2 men @ £8 an hour is £128

    hire of concrete mixer for a day up to £20 from HSS

    total
    £312.34

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    What about hardcore and steel floats and a skip and a whacker plate?

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    thej

    This calculation is out by a fair bit i'm afraid.The coverage of one of … This calculation is out by a fair bit i'm afraid.The coverage of one of those bags is only 0.25m2@50mm.The concrete slab will be 20m2 and roughly 100mm thick going by the 2.2 m3 of concrete required,you would then need approx 160 bags which works out at nearly £1200.These bags are ok for small jobs but not for something as large as this,i think your quote is a little high but not too much.



    Thank you for your advice.

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    thej

    This calculation is out by a fair bit i'm afraid.The coverage of one of … This calculation is out by a fair bit i'm afraid.The coverage of one of those bags is only 0.25m2@50mm.The concrete slab will be 20m2 and roughly 100mm thick going by the 2.2 m3 of concrete required,you would then need approx 160 bags which works out at nearly £1200.These bags are ok for small jobs but not for something as large as this,i think your quote is a little high but not too much.




    I'd tend to agree.

    I paid someone to do mine and the job was massively bigger than I thought it would be. I was originally quoted £650 for labour and materials, though ended up paying a further £100 labour (I and £130 more for materials, plus £180 for a skip. On top of that (since I was too tight to pay for another skip) I had untold runs to the skip with bags filled with topsoil. (My garden is on 2 levels, so might be a little unfair to compare, plus I also had a small wall done as a countainer.)

    However, I had a 150mm slab at 4.5m x 5m which took 5 tonne of concrete! (And ended up mixing it for him - I certainly would not have wanted to do the digging! That was a huge job!)

    This picture is of the slab, showing the small wall and build started for the log cabin.

    http://img237.imageshack.us/img237/7681/startu.jpg

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    guv

    I'd tend to agree.I paid someone to do mine and the job was massively … I'd tend to agree.I paid someone to do mine and the job was massively bigger than I thought it would be. I was originally quoted £650 for labour and materials, though ended up paying a further £100 labour (I and £130 more for materials, plus £180 for a skip. On top of that (since I was too tight to pay for another skip) I had untold runs to the skip with bags filled with topsoil. (My garden is on 2 levels, so might be a little unfair to compare, plus I also had a small wall done as a countainer.)However, I had a 150mm slab at 4.5m x 5m which took 5 tonne of concrete! (And ended up mixing it for him - I certainly would not have wanted to do the digging! That was a huge job!)This picture is of the slab, showing the small wall and build started for the log cabin.




    Skip hire was expensive, he said the skips costing him £80.

    i counter offered the builders quote at £800. so im waiting to see what he says!

    he said if i dig the 200mm he will do the job for £600.

    this is for a log cabin to stand on. in this space, and more of the garden! lol.

    http://uploadpic.org/storage/2011/4IEo3FIR25diHL677rtdgqJi.jpg

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    so its going in the corner or on the patch of mud?

    BTW, you wouldnt use a whacker plate on concrete!

    skip is cheap at £80
    Edited by: "csiman" 16th Apr 2011

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    generaloneill

    Hanson Multi Purpose Concrete Bag 25KG£7.47 x 22£164.34 for the concrete, … Hanson Multi Purpose Concrete Bag 25KG£7.47 x 22£164.34 for the concrete, water is free.Job takes probs up to 8 hours. for 2 men @ £8 an hour is £128hire of concrete mixer for a day up to £20 from HSStotal £312.34



    would like to see who only charges £8 an hour for this type of work including travelling etc

    £64 a day! you are having a laugh.

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    csiman

    so its going in the corner or on the patch of mud?BTW, you wouldnt use a … so its going in the corner or on the patch of mud?BTW, you wouldnt use a whacker plate on concrete!seems ridiculous to hire a mini digger for 20cm depthwacker plate is for the hardcore not concrete, and your talking about 3 ton of hardcore. ofcourse you wouldnt use the wacker plate on concrete, i know that and i know nothing!! :-))skip is cheap at £80



    Skip is good its sourced local.

    mini digger he said its easier, unless i wanted to dig it? your talking 100mm concrete 100mm hardcore. and the whacker is for the hardcore (3 ton).

    the cabin covers half the garden, its huge, its more than you can see, that was just to give an idea. from the mud area to the otherside of the garden fence. then 4.2 meters out.
    Edited by: "dvhendo" 16th Apr 2011

    Digging up 4 cubic metres of earth doesn't sound like too much fun.

    I'd let them do the lot personally.

    p.s does 10cm of hardcore sound enough?
    Edited by: "greg_68" 16th Apr 2011

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    greg_68

    Digging up 4 cubic metres of earth doesn't sound like too much fun.I'd … Digging up 4 cubic metres of earth doesn't sound like too much fun.I'd let them do the lot personally.p.s does 10cm of hardcore sound enough?




    Yes, my mates dads a builder he recommended 100mm hardcore and 100mm concrete with steal floats. so yer its enough. its only to be used as a gym :-)

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    If anyone else wants to add their input

    is £895 too much?

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    dvhendo

    If anyone else wants to add their inputis £895 too much?


    as always recommended, get two more quotes for the same spec.

    that will tell you your answer

    checkatrade.com

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    csiman

    as always recommended, get two more quotes for the same spec. that will … as always recommended, get two more quotes for the same spec. that will tell you your answerhttp://www.checkatrade.com



    thanks, this builder isnt on there, no builders are for doncaster.

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    dvhendo

    thanks, this builder isnt on there, no builders are for doncaster.


    just look in thompson local / yellow pages / local papers then

    just for peace of mind that the quote is good.

    seems ok to me (maybe a little on the high side).

    BTW, my Dad is a builder who does things like this and he charges £18 per hour (and he's 66 lol).

    £8 per hour is dreamland!
    Edited by: "csiman" 16th Apr 2011

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    thanks for input
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