Are you trying to build an extension on top of a high-rise building? Due to the amount of congestion in your city centre area, the only way is up for you, and you will simply have to sort the logistics out. In this case, you may be resigned to making slow progress as you need to haul the necessary concrete in individual buckets, but a better solution may be at hand. There are a number of mechanical options available to you so you can pump your concrete up to the roof and get on with the job, but how does this work and what solutions are available?
Pump in Action
A concrete pump is a relatively simple contraption. It is attached to a concrete hopper on one end and to a length of discharge pipe on the other. Inside are a pair of pumps, each within its own cylinder. When the pump is activated, one piston will pull the liquid concrete out of the hopper and into the cylinder before a separate valve opens. The other valve will then push the concrete out simultaneously through the discharge pipe and onto the worksite.
Types of Pump
You can choose from mobile or stationary pumps according to the configuration of your job site. If the delivery point is a long way away from the nearest road, then you may have to bring in a vehicle with a lengthy placing boom mounted on a separate chassis. Alternatively, you may be able to bring in a concrete mixer with its own pipe delivery system and boom, and this will give you the greatest mobility while making the best use of the space.
Whichever type of concrete pump you choose, you will be able to achieve a far greater supply of concrete per working hour than you would have otherwise. The level of supply will also be constant so that your workers can remain active throughout their shift. Further, you won't have to worry about wasted resources as they wait around for a separate bucket of concrete to arrive by crane and you'll need fewer staff as well.
Remember that you will also be able to manoeuvre the boom into place as the job moves from point to point so you can cut down on the overall length of the project.
Making a Plan
All you need to do now is to get in touch with a concrete contractor who has access to the right equipment for your job. Provide them with the full detail and they will come up with an appropriate proposal.
Reach out to a commercial concrete pumping company to learn more.