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Cat GRADE boosts grading efficiency with 3D integrated and mastless package

Caterpillar is boosting grading efficiency with its new integrated and mastless Cat GRADE package with

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Caterpillar is boosting grading efficiency with its new integrated and mastless Cat GRADE package with 3D.

The new GRADE package has been designed to deliver improved accuracy and productivity, but without the need for potentially vulnerable GPS masts on the machine.

Customers can specify what they need, so that the package is installed and calibrated at the factory … and it can also be retrofitted to existing machines. Retrofit kits are available for M-Series graders from Caterpillar.

Integrating a GPS system into the machine also eliminates the risk of damage or theft of the components involved says Cat. This has been a problem with antennae and receivers. Also, in the past, fitting and removing the units each day also reduced available working time. Old fashioned non-integrated masts limited blade motion and restricted machine usage in certain applications.

The GNSS antenna/receiver units are now fitted on the cab and front chassis, boosting both durability and productivity. Another benefit is the E-Fence tool, which prevents the blade from hitting the tyres or ladder and also prevents potential damage to the link bar.

These new integrated and mastless systems are being offered on the latest 140, 150 and 160 model graders.

This article first appeared on our Daily News website.

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Source: https://www.aggregateresearch.com/news/cat-grade-boosts-grading-efficiency-with-3d-integrated-and-mastless-package/

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Nov 27, How To Pour A Garage Floor In 17 Minutes! (Learn My Fast Method)

I’ll show you my method for pouring a garage floor in 17 minutes. Pouring concrete floors fast takes certain steps and planning for a successful pour.

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The process I use for pouring a concrete floor for a garage is:

  1. Order the concrete from a ready mix concrete company
  2. Establish concrete floor grade using a laser level 
  3. Mark grade level on the walls and snap chalk lines for perimeter grades
  4. When concrete truck shows up, mix the concrete to a workable slump
  5. Start pouring out the concrete as close to your grade lines as possible (pour a section at a time)
  6. Use laser level to set concrete floor grade in the middle of the garage (a wet pad)
  7. Mag float the concrete, matching your chalk lines around the perimeter
  8. Start leveling the concrete with a screed using your mag floated pads
  9. After screeding level, use the bull float to smooth the surface
  10. Repeat for each section until you’re done pouring the garage floor

The time it takes you to pour your garage floor will vary depending on your experience level and how big or small your garage floor is.

watch us pour this garage floor in 17 minutes

The size of the garage floor we’re pouring in the video is 24′ x 24′. I was hired to just pour and finish the floor.

I wasn’t hired to prep the gravel or install poly vapor barrier or install reinforcement. That stuff was the responsibility of the General Contractor. 

We used 4000 psi concrete with fiber mesh (reinforcement) and the concrete had a water reducer in it. The water reducer is a chemical they add to the concrete that allows you to pour a looser mix without adding water. 

How thick does a garage floor need to be?

That depends on what you’re using the garage for. Most residential garage floors like this one are 4″ thick.

As long as the sub-base has very good compaction, a 4″ thick floor is good enough for most cars and light duty trucks.

For heavier vehicles, a 6″ thick garage floor would be better for supporting bigger trucks and commercial vehicles.



how do you prepare the ground for a concrete floor in a garage?

The best way to prepare the sub-base for a garage floor is to use gravel. Remove any sod, loom, clay, or dirt that’s not gravel.

Install 2″ minus gravel for the lower sub-grade and compact it in 8″ lifts. Once you get to within 6″ of the final sub-base grade, switch to a 3/4″ crushed gravel for the remaining 6″.

This smaller aggregate gravel is easy to rake and level off. Using a laser level to check your grade, rake, compact and level the gravel to your final grade.

How deep you have to go with the gravel will depend on where you live, your existing soil conditions, and your existing landscape.

If you live in an area with a lot of freeze/thaw conditions, you’ll use a deeper gravel base than if you live in the South USA. Check with your local code enforcement to see what works best in your area.

can you pour a garage floor in sections

Yes, you can pour a garage floor in sections. If you feel you can’t pour all the garage floor at one time then form it off in smaller sections.

Use 2×4’s or 2×6’s to form one section at a time and just pour that first. Strip the forms the next day and form up the next section.

I would drill holes into the previous section with a 1/2″ masonry bit and pin the sections together. Drill into the concrete about 3″ and about every 2′ on center. Use 1/2″ dowels or rebar about 12″ long for your pins.

Hammer them in just before you pour the new section. These pins will keep one section from moving higher or lower than the other one. They’ll help keep the joints nice and tight together as the concrete cures.

IN CONCLUSION:

You may not be able to pour your garage floor in 17 minutes, that’s really not important. The method we pour our garage floors will help give you an idea how to pour yours a little faster though.

To learn more about how to pour and finish concrete like we do, check out The Concrete Underground.

That’s my private training academy for helping teach people like you how to work with concrete.

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Nov 27, How To Pour A Garage Floor In 17 Minutes! (Learn My Fast Method)

I’ll show you my method for pouring a garage floor in 17 minutes. Pouring concrete floors fast takes certain steps and planning for a successful pour.

Republished by Plato

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The process I use for pouring a concrete floor for a garage is:

  1. Order the concrete from a ready mix concrete company
  2. Establish concrete floor grade using a laser level 
  3. Mark grade level on the walls and snap chalk lines for perimeter grades
  4. When concrete truck shows up, mix the concrete to a workable slump
  5. Start pouring out the concrete as close to your grade lines as possible (pour a section at a time)
  6. Use laser level to set concrete floor grade in the middle of the garage (a wet pad)
  7. Mag float the concrete, matching your chalk lines around the perimeter
  8. Start leveling the concrete with a screed using your mag floated pads
  9. After screeding level, use the bull float to smooth the surface
  10. Repeat for each section until you’re done pouring the garage floor

The time it takes you to pour your garage floor will vary depending on your experience level and how big or small your garage floor is.

watch us pour this garage floor in 17 minutes

The size of the garage floor we’re pouring in the video is 24′ x 24′. I was hired to just pour and finish the floor.

I wasn’t hired to prep the gravel or install poly vapor barrier or install reinforcement. That stuff was the responsibility of the General Contractor. 

We used 4000 psi concrete with fiber mesh (reinforcement) and the concrete had a water reducer in it. The water reducer is a chemical they add to the concrete that allows you to pour a looser mix without adding water. 

How thick does a garage floor need to be?

That depends on what you’re using the garage for. Most residential garage floors like this one are 4″ thick.

As long as the sub-base has very good compaction, a 4″ thick floor is good enough for most cars and light duty trucks.

For heavier vehicles, a 6″ thick garage floor would be better for supporting bigger trucks and commercial vehicles.





how do you prepare the ground for a concrete floor in a garage?

The best way to prepare the sub-base for a garage floor is to use gravel. Remove any sod, loom, clay, or dirt that’s not gravel.

Install 2″ minus gravel for the lower sub-grade and compact it in 8″ lifts. Once you get to within 6″ of the final sub-base grade, switch to a 3/4″ crushed gravel for the remaining 6″.

This smaller aggregate gravel is easy to rake and level off. Using a laser level to check your grade, rake, compact and level the gravel to your final grade.

How deep you have to go with the gravel will depend on where you live, your existing soil conditions, and your existing landscape.

If you live in an area with a lot of freeze/thaw conditions, you’ll use a deeper gravel base than if you live in the South USA. Check with your local code enforcement to see what works best in your area.

can you pour a garage floor in sections

Yes, you can pour a garage floor in sections. If you feel you can’t pour all the garage floor at one time then form it off in smaller sections.

Use 2×4’s or 2×6’s to form one section at a time and just pour that first. Strip the forms the next day and form up the next section.

I would drill holes into the previous section with a 1/2″ masonry bit and pin the sections together. Drill into the concrete about 3″ and about every 2′ on center. Use 1/2″ dowels or rebar about 12″ long for your pins.

Hammer them in just before you pour the new section. These pins will keep one section from moving higher or lower than the other one. They’ll help keep the joints nice and tight together as the concrete cures.

IN CONCLUSION:

You may not be able to pour your garage floor in 17 minutes, that’s really not important. The method we pour our garage floors will help give you an idea how to pour yours a little faster though.

To learn more about how to pour and finish concrete like we do, check out The Concrete Underground.

That’s my private training academy for helping teach people like you how to work with concrete.

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Nov 27, How To Pour A Garage Floor In 17 Minutes! (Learn My Fast Method)

I’ll show you my method for pouring a garage floor in 17 minutes. Pouring concrete floors fast takes certain steps and planning for a successful pour.

Republished by Plato

Published

on

The process I use for pouring a concrete floor for a garage is:

  1. Order the concrete from a ready mix concrete company
  2. Establish concrete floor grade using a laser level 
  3. Mark grade level on the walls and snap chalk lines for perimeter grades
  4. When concrete truck shows up, mix the concrete to a workable slump
  5. Start pouring out the concrete as close to your grade lines as possible (pour a section at a time)
  6. Use laser level to set concrete floor grade in the middle of the garage (a wet pad)
  7. Mag float the concrete, matching your chalk lines around the perimeter
  8. Start leveling the concrete with a screed using your mag floated pads
  9. After screeding level, use the bull float to smooth the surface
  10. Repeat for each section until you’re done pouring the garage floor

The time it takes you to pour your garage floor will vary depending on your experience level and how big or small your garage floor is.

watch us pour this garage floor in 17 minutes

The size of the garage floor we’re pouring in the video is 24′ x 24′. I was hired to just pour and finish the floor.

I wasn’t hired to prep the gravel or install poly vapor barrier or install reinforcement. That stuff was the responsibility of the General Contractor. 

We used 4000 psi concrete with fiber mesh (reinforcement) and the concrete had a water reducer in it. The water reducer is a chemical they add to the concrete that allows you to pour a looser mix without adding water. 

How thick does a garage floor need to be?

That depends on what you’re using the garage for. Most residential garage floors like this one are 4″ thick.

As long as the sub-base has very good compaction, a 4″ thick floor is good enough for most cars and light duty trucks.

For heavier vehicles, a 6″ thick garage floor would be better for supporting bigger trucks and commercial vehicles.





how do you prepare the ground for a concrete floor in a garage?

The best way to prepare the sub-base for a garage floor is to use gravel. Remove any sod, loom, clay, or dirt that’s not gravel.

Install 2″ minus gravel for the lower sub-grade and compact it in 8″ lifts. Once you get to within 6″ of the final sub-base grade, switch to a 3/4″ crushed gravel for the remaining 6″.

This smaller aggregate gravel is easy to rake and level off. Using a laser level to check your grade, rake, compact and level the gravel to your final grade.

How deep you have to go with the gravel will depend on where you live, your existing soil conditions, and your existing landscape.

If you live in an area with a lot of freeze/thaw conditions, you’ll use a deeper gravel base than if you live in the South USA. Check with your local code enforcement to see what works best in your area.

can you pour a garage floor in sections

Yes, you can pour a garage floor in sections. If you feel you can’t pour all the garage floor at one time then form it off in smaller sections.

Use 2×4’s or 2×6’s to form one section at a time and just pour that first. Strip the forms the next day and form up the next section.

I would drill holes into the previous section with a 1/2″ masonry bit and pin the sections together. Drill into the concrete about 3″ and about every 2′ on center. Use 1/2″ dowels or rebar about 12″ long for your pins.

Hammer them in just before you pour the new section. These pins will keep one section from moving higher or lower than the other one. They’ll help keep the joints nice and tight together as the concrete cures.

IN CONCLUSION:

You may not be able to pour your garage floor in 17 minutes, that’s really not important. The method we pour our garage floors will help give you an idea how to pour yours a little faster though.

To learn more about how to pour and finish concrete like we do, check out The Concrete Underground.

That’s my private training academy for helping teach people like you how to work with concrete.

Home Page


If you liked this, please share.  Thanks!





Source: https://www.everything-about-concrete.com/how-to-pour-a-garage-floor-in-17-minutes.html

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