Using Concrete Pump Trucks To Pour Foundations

By Todd Fratzel on Foundations

picture of concrete pump truck Using concrete pump trucks to pour foundations is becoming quite popular. Pump trucks provide several major benefits which most concrete sub-contractors are taking advantage of on a regular basis. The concrete pump truck pictured on this site has a reach of 100 feet horizontal.

Traditionally concrete trucks would pull up to the forms and dump the concrete down the shoot and into the forms. This required a very level, stable path around the entire perimeter of the construction site. As you can imagine creating a path around the building site can be quite challenging and costly.

picture of concrete pump truckUsing the pump truck allows the site excavation contractor to excavate for the foundation and keep the surplus material piles much closer to the foundation. In this case the soil is very clean sand that trucks cannot drive on without sinking into site.

Concrete pump trucks like the one pictured have an articulating boom with a pump hose mounted on it. At the rear of the truck is a large hopper that the concrete trucks pull up to and dump concrete into. The pump then forces the concrete up the boom and down to a rubber tremie hose where the concrete is discharged into the forms. The truck driver / operator controls the boom with a remote control. That way the driver can get close to the concrpicture of concrete pump truck and concrete trucksete crew for safe visual and verbal communication.

Today’s concrete pour was 56 cubic yards. If you know much about houses and residential foundations that’s a BIG foundation! If the weather holds out the crew will start removing the forms tomorrow and over the weekend so that the site crew can backfill the foundation and prepare the sub-grade for the slabs.

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New House Energy Efficient Details
House Building Lot
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Initial Site Work for House Building Lot
Building Concrete Footings For A New House
Forming Concrete Foundation

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Todd Fratzel

I'm full time builder for a large construction company in New Hampshire. I run their design-build division that specializes in custom homes, commercial design-build projects and sub-divisions. I'm also a licensed civil and structural engineer with extensive experience in civil and structural design and home construction. My hope is that I can share my experience in the home construction, home improvement and home renovation profession with other builders and home owners. I'm also the Editor-in-Chief and Founder of Tool Box Buzz. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions, suggestions or you'd like to inquire about advertising on this site.

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3 Comments

  1. Scott Becker says:

    I found this post fascinating! Being that I live right outside of a major city, I never saw something like this. The cement truck just comes and pours the cement right down the hole. Thanks!

  2. Rickie Bell says:

    A concrete pump truck is very expensive to hire and the concrete forming industry is very competitive.

    That being said I only use them when there are site space restrictions or weather related problems such as mud.

    They can be a life saver in certain situations.

  3. Todd says:

    @ Rickie Bell – We only use them when we have to as well. It costs about $750 to $900 each time they show up on our job. This particular site was tight and we had very fine/loose sand so the concrete trucks could not get around the house close enough.

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