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Anonymous asked in Home & GardenDo It Yourself (DIY) · 2 months ago

Is £200 for a concrete bike shed base ok or should I try to DIY it?

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  • 2 months ago

    Spreading concrete and getting it flat takes skill. You have to pour and spread it in one before it dries. 

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  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    Getting anyone to do anything for less than £200 a day is usually difficult, so with materials thrown in that is a good price.

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  • 2 months ago

    you neglect to till us how large this base will be, mate.

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  • 2 months ago

    its cheap if done right ..to form a base ..excavate to an area that is 150mm wider all round than shed ..you always have a spread on a footing ..you need at least 100mm 4" of hardcore ..belt and braces you would blind it and lay membrane ..shutter it ..steel mesh then concrete ..a base say 7x7 is 49 sq ft ..divide by 3=circa 12 cubic ft ..more than 1/3rd metre ..then you have to remove excavated soil ...im a builder ..would not do it for £500 ..+vat 

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  • Edwena
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    Concrete and DIY is essentially incompatible with the exception of filling holes and making flower pots with bagged concrete mix. The reinforcing alone places it outside of DIY, much less the mixing, placing and finishing concrete is too much for DIY. It takes a crew.

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    • STEVEN F
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      2 months agoReport

      The mortuary guy is in a union that requires 3 guys just to lay a preformed slab. In REAL LIFE, anyone capable of being on the crew can pour a small pad single handed.

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  • CB
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    Do the math, size and depth of base = amount of concrete.

    Number of 2xN boards required for form

    Rebar or wire mesh required to strengthen concrete.

    In the USA you can build the form and have it ready for a concrete truck to deliver, however the concrete is very expensive for the 1st yard but get much cheaper the more yards you uses. If the size is small enough just mix from bags of concrete in a wheel barrow or rent a cement mixer.

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    • CB
      Lv 7
      2 months agoReport

      Yes but a bike shed -  I was thinking it would be about 2x6 foot of concrete - and not big enough for a truck I mean 200 British pounds would barely cover the first yard of concrete delivered much less other expenses....

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