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Martin Marietta pushes up aggregate volumes by more than 2%

Martin Marietta has had a good first quarter with aggregate volumes up by more than

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Martin Marietta has had a good first quarter with aggregate volumes up by more than 2%.

According to Ward Nye, president and CEO of Martin Marietta Materials: “We established a new first-quarter record for consolidated revenues, as product demand led to improved shipments and pricing across most of our building materials business.

“Notably, production efficiencies improved our year-over-year per unit aggregates cost. While this is what we aim for … lower unit cost served to reduce aggregates inventory valuation.”

And: “While our solid first-quarter performance provided a promising start to 2020, we recognize this will now be a challenging year for our country, customers, communities and industry as a whole.

“With that said, we remain confident that the attractive underlying market fundamentals and long-term secular growth trends in our key geographies, both of which underpinned the Company’s record 2019 performance and strong first-quarter 2020 results, remain intact and will be evident once again as the U.S. economy stabilizes and recovers.

“The company’s balance sheet remains healthy and we have ample liquidity for the foreseeable future. Martin Marietta, along with our customers, continues to operate as an “essential business” in most jurisdictions and, through the end of April, we have seen minimal disruption to our operations, workforce and supply chains from the effects of COVID-19 and related government agency responses.”

In its building materials division, Martin Marietta says: “First-quarter operating results demonstrated the strength of overall demand, most notably in Colorado, Iowa, Indiana and Maryland, against a challenging prior-year comparison.

“The aggregates, cement and downstream operations in Texas, the Company’s largest state by revenue, experienced project delays as the Dallas/Fort Worth area experienced record first-quarter precipitation.

“Additionally, Georgia, the Company’s fourth-largest state by revenue, experienced its sixth wettest first quarter in 125 years.”

However, despite all the bad weather: “First-quarter aggregates shipments and pricing improved 2.3 percent and 2.7 percent, respectively, compared with the prior-year quarter.”

Also: “First-quarter cement shipments increased 5.2 percent, driven by strong underlying demand in South Texas (but) ready mixed concrete shipments decreased 14.1 percent, resulting from weather-impacted project delays.”

“Our first-quarter 2014 results reflect the continued economic momentum from 2013’s fourth quarter as well as successful execution of our strategic initiatives to improve performance and maintain a lean cost structure. This combination helped drive both revenue growth and improved profitability. Aggregates product line shipments increased 8%. Importantly, shipments in March 2014 increased 13% compared with March 2013, an indicator of accelerating demand as the annual construction season begins. The Aggregates business’ gross margin (excluding freight and delivery revenues) expanded 400 basis points, despite the impact of adverse winter weather conditions on production volume and costs.

“In addition, our Specialty Products business posted first-quarter record net sales, making a significant contribution to our quarterly results.

“Private construction continues to be solid across all of our geographies. We also noted public-sector volume growth in Texas and Colorado, where robust state-funding programs are providing additional funds for transportation investment. Public construction in other areas, however, continues to be unsettled by uncertainty in long-term federal funding.”

Mr. Nye continued, “We remain excited about our pending combination with Texas Industries, which we announced in January. The combination provides an expanded platform for growth and greater leverage to construction activity in Texas and California, thus creating long-term value for shareholders of both companies. We are cooperating with regulatory agencies; the process is advancing as planned.”

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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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