I should know better than to post a new topic on a whim from my phone…that could have used more detail, and I feel like I’m falling behind replying until I can get to a real keyboard!
Anyway, background information that might have been useful: I’m not unfamiliar with concrete; I’ve poured many a sidewalk, driveway and patio working for contractors in my younger days. Can’t believe I’m old enough to use that term. Anyway.
Also have wheelbarrowed a lot of concrete. I remember the job I had the summer before I went to boot camp, one day wheelbarrowing concrete around the back of a house for a patio slab for hours…the whole time my boss reminding be he’d “get me ready”…fun times…
Yes I’ll pin to the original slab, I have a hammer drill. I’m going to cut the jaggy edges off nice and straight first (the shape actually will form a very shallow ‘V’ with a flat bottom) The slab will be 4 inches; I will only have to actually break out about 2-3’ of the existing slab as it is sunk so severely, and the plan is to use that up against the house as fill. I also have dirt, and I’ll use gravel as base.
I would hope that over the years the dirt up against the house has settled sufficiently, but I’ll still use rebar or mesh in the new sections.
So really, the question is literally about mixing concrete in a wheelbarrow. I’d have the bags of concrete delivered on a pallet and left in front of the garage, a 20’ wheelbarrow trip to the back of the house. So I could spend a weekend morning doing that, it’s not a logistical problem.
I’d never be moving mixed mud in the wheelbarrow; the object is to mix it pretty much where it will be dumped.
I won’t pay someone to do this. I honestly can’t afford to add $1,000 to the bill.
As I said before, though, I’d be willing to do it in three sections. Picturing my flat-bottomed-V, I could do one wing, then the middle, then the other wing on different weekends. That would save wear and tear on the body as well as hooooopefully letting me get it down quickly enough that it’s still workable.
As far as help…well, I could call on a few people, but I’m one of those unfortunate introverts who are friendly with people, but keep them at juuuuust enough distance that it’s not comfortable asking them to come get alkali burns for beer :smack: That said, my wife is a beast and would probably relish the idea of moving 60’ bags of concrete for a workout. Oooh, maybe she could invite HER friends!!
I feel like I’m at least talking myself into buying a mixer from Harbor Freight or something, but then I’ll have to have a wheelbarrow anyway TOO…