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Concrete Bases As A Possible Second Income.

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I needed a concrete base for a shed and the local builder quoted me £400 to do a 6ft x 8ft (3 inches) and thought I could do better so....

Bought a cement mixer from Screw Fix £199 and materials for £130. I started at 10am this morning and finished about an hour ago and the results aren't too shabby... see photo.

It's such a breeze and as I've acquired a new toy was thinking I could put it to good use and make it pay. £250 for the one shown in photo for example and work backwards/forwards depending on size.

Would this be viable. 25 year guarantee (I won't be around that long). 3-4 jobs a month on top of pulling pints 15 hours a week and I'd be happy.

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Looks OK.

What mix did you use? What weight ratio.

It's the tax, insurance, vat, extra vehicle costs, road tax, petrol, clothing, new boots, etc etc that'll make the difference?

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Best vote Brexit. I am sure the regulations around this kind of thing will kill your plan stone dead otherwise.

Other than that what have you got to lose? A few postcards in the local shops, a post or two on the local facebook/streetlife page and see what happens.

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You've bought a concrete mixer to build a shed - in which to keep your concrete mixer. It's people like you who keep our economy moving!

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Perfectly viable if there is the demand. Are you sure you will be as enthusiastic when its 3 tons of ballast through a house, up and down garden steps and along a 200ft garden path?

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Perfectly viable if there is the demand. Are you sure you will be as enthusiastic when its 3 tons of ballast through a house, up and down garden steps and along a 200ft garden path?

It's 4 to 1 mix (ballast/cement) as luck would have it this was through my house so 25kg bags...

A van will be fine and all other costs incidental.

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Do you charge extra if there's a body involved?

PM me.

edit: oh gaw'd... I was saying that in jest - you didn't have to and the answer is no I won't do it not even for the £5k you offered. Erghh!

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PM me.

edit: oh gaw'd... I was saying that in jest - you didn't have to and the answer is no I won't do it not even for the £5k you offered. Erghh!

If you tried something like this round here you would be treading on the toes of a certain community who assume that this sort of cash in hand manual work should remain their sole preserve. So there probably would be a body involved - yours.

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It's 4 to 1 mix (ballast/cement) as luck would have it this was through my house so 25kg bags...

A van will be fine and all other costs incidental.

It starts to get old real quick with bigger quantities. I hope you're a big strong lad.

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It is sort of amusing that Long Tom Silver is thinking of burying some pieces for Eight.

:lol::lol::lol:

Too good!

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2 of sand and 1 of cement ?

I`ve just been laying some slabs in front of my shed. A six inch step up (to park motorbike) was too much.. 3 inches is better.

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2 of sand and 1 of cement ?

I`ve just been laying some slabs in front of my shed. A six inch step up (to park motorbike) was too much.. 3 inches is better.

No sand just ballast 4 to 1 cement. It is 3.5 inches thick.

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You are all so blokey, knowing all about concrete! :blink: I am in awe.

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Should have hired the mixer...only about ten quid a day...

When you go into HSS don't ask for a mixer, ask for an Irish tumble drier.

Re. earning extra cash laying concrete: hard work, not that lucrative, quite satisfying work.

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