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Your Questions About Concrete Cost Per Square Foot

Carol asks…

A storage shed is to be built in the shape of a box with a square base. It is to have a volume of 250 cubic ft?

A storage shed is to be built in the shape of a box with a square base. It is to have a volume of 250 cubic ft. The concrete for the base cost $7 per square foot, the material for the roof costs $3 per square ft. and the material for the sides costs $2.50 per square foot. Find the dimensions of the most economical shed?

Doug answers:

L*W*H = 250

L = W

C = 7*L*W + 3*L*W + 2*(2.50)*L*H + 2*(2.50)*W*H

Knowing that L = W, rearrange cost equation into:
C = 10*L^2 + 10*L*H

Rearrange the volume equation to put H in terms of L/W
H = 250/L^2

Go back to the cost equation again:

C = 10*L^2 + 2500/L
take the first derivative and set equal to 0
dC = 20*L -2500/L^2 = 0
20*L = 2500/L^2
20*L^3 = 2500
L^3 = 2500/20 = 125
L = 5, W = 5
H = 10

William asks…

I want to pour a concrete patio and am wondering what is a reasonable pricer per square foot?

I will be pouring 900-1200 square feet of concrete around my home. It is a brand new home.

Doug answers:

Oh, that SO depends on your area, the prices of concrete and labor. Try asking that question again in a different category, like home and garden diy, and maybe you’ll get more answers. Sorry I couldn’t help ya.
One thing you might try though, is call your local cement companies and ask them what a yard of cement costs. (Isn’t that how it’s sold?) Then once you had some prices for comparison you’d have your answer.
See, really I’m no help on this one. Maybe try another category.

Ken asks…

dig and pour a basement for a prefab in Kentucky?

I am looking at land in the Bowling Greene Kentucky area . I am interested in putting a manufactured home over a basement. My question is: How much to dig, pour, and possibly waterproof (want to use the space for home theater) a 10 ft wall basement under a say 28′x52′ manufactured home. A guesstimate of total cost or a good rule of thumb per square foot cost would be very helpful for initial planning puposes.. Thanks!!!

Doug answers:

This is difficult for anyone to answer from a distance. I can state that it is surely doable to install a basement foundation under your modular building. The cost and feasibility is best answered by a local concrete foundation contractor. Call one up on the phone and ask him.

David asks…

How much would it cost to self instal a metal or wood fence?

by like square feet… whatever the rate is. What is the rate (about) and what is cheaper?

Doug answers:

I actually put in my own fence last summer. I chose to go with a shadowbox dogear. Shadowbox is vertical planks that are staggered every other on opposite sides. Dogear planks are angled on the top corners. The 6′ prebuilt panels were selling for $65 at our local big box stores. I ended up not buying prebuilt panels, but rather building the fence from scratch as I went along so that I didn’t have to space my posts exactly the width of the prebuilt panels.

Http://www.5starfencing.com/photos/shadowbox_dogear.jpg

Both of my neighbors already had fences installed, so the sides of my yard were already done. All I had to do was the very back, and the front sides connecting to the house. Total linear feet was 130′. I was quoted $2400 and $2900 for 6′ high, treated lumber dogear shadbowbox. I did it myself, and with tool rentals and all, it cost $1300. I spread it out over 2 weekends. I only had help with digging the holes – I did everything else myself. I used stakes to hold the posts while I filled all of them with (3-4) 80# bags of concrete. I had 24 posts total.

The first weekend I dug all of the holes 42″ deep, put a little gravel, and a little dry concrete down there (per the quikcrete instructions), and I set all of the posts ~ 6.5′-7.0′ apart.

The following weekend after the concrete cured, I put 3 rows of horizontal 2×4′s connecting the posts. From there I began nailing the vertical dogear pickets in a shadowbox pattern. Make a template/spacer, rent or borrow a roofing nailer, and this part will fly. For the gate(s), I bought a steel frame template which made it a breeze.

Http://www.hooverfence.com/woodfence/ag.htm

All in all, the toughest part of the entire project was digging the holes. I rented a trailered hydraulic auger from Home Depot which lessened the hassle, but it was still my least favorite part. Also, when digging the holes, make sure to somewhat “mushroom” out the bottom of the holes. This way concrete will fill that void and create a sort of anchor so that they won’t lift out of the ground. In the midwest, you will see a lot of fence posts lifted out of the ground because they didn’t go deep enough. The mushrooming strengthens it that much more.

Materials if you want to build a similar fence:
4″x4″x10′ treated posts
1″x6″x6′ dogear treated pickets
2″x4″x8′ treated rails
3-4 80# bags of quikcrete per posthole
Gravel for the bottom of the postholes
A roofing nailer loaded with 1 3/4″ nails
3 1/2″ screws for the 2×4 rails into the posts
Fence gate steel frame for each gate

You can also use this tool to give you some idea of materials needed.

Http://www.hooverfence.com/forms/woodcalc.htm

Sorry for the rambling, but I hope that helps!
-Ed

Donna asks…

What is a reasonable amount to be payed to paint murals in a store?

I am a sophomore in highschool and I have been asked to paint murals of a giant garden along the walls of the store. It is three walls, and I am not a professional. How do professional muralists calculate the costs for painting for their customers? Hour, square foot, what is it? Also I can only work on the weekends and after school on friday because school is the most important right now. Any advice would be greatly appreciated thank you.

Doug answers:

I agree with UT 1-0 on this one but to further it in detail let me explain:
1. Figure out the cost of your materials…Are you asked to do interior or exterior walls. ARE you on the allowed surfaces asked to be using canvass or will it be the bare bones of the building?
2. Are you asked to do a latex overcoat for sealing or will you be needing to cover the material in a glass case, plastic sheeting or spray adhesive with gesso?
3.Is the mural going to be the size of the full wall or a small promotional item to encourage may a company sales or is this for a personal use, etc?.
4, When working for the first time, are you able to have enough time to know that the job can be completed in an allowed time they ask of you?
5. Will the costumer be reimbursing you for any of their mistakes you or they might make in the developement to the project? What if you need more materials or if by some odd chance you realize a customer knew you can’t afford any more and now you have to take extra payout out of your own expenses elsewhere to complete their job…will you go to them again?
6. Are the said buyers to your work factoring in your travel costs if need be?
7.. Did the customer say they are paying you by the hour for your time or by day? And really is this worth it to you?
8. When working what time do they want to report to them?…this is important as if you can only work on your time, you have to mention first and foremost and work around it!
9. If considering the job as a huge one, are you needing to go hiring extra helpers?
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Remember, when doing anything always try to focus on how well you can do the job by yourself, if you are unable to, you also need to factor in pay for an extra helper.
Sorry to grammatically correct you but the word you were trying is spelled paid, not payed. Also just know that learning your full options will help you gain ways to paving the future in the art world too.
For a first timer, always take photos of your work so you have portpholios to show the customers when going out for prospective jobs as this tells them how much you can likely handle and if you are mature enough for the job.
Anytime you are trying to presume a job, remember you will always have to ask questions to see what the customers want. This too will hale the way to determine how big the size and scale of your work will be.
For pricing: My first works ranged anywhere from $20 to about $50 but see they were like class scetches etc. The more professional ones I done later like the one I am about to describe, well I asked for a lot more Example:
when I done this for an art gallery back in 1999 I had the owner who was a good friend only pay me and my friend $1000 each because it got us out for approximately 3 days to have the work completed between the two of us. But see we figured it would take 2 days and we would be there from midmorning to first break of dinner.
It took us about 3 days because there was a lot of detail and we kept changing the theme we were to paint so you have to factor that in as well. Also if the paint is washable you have to figure that out as well.
You have to realize any job can be basically broke down to about $7-50 dollars per increment of work you could do within the allowance time you can give toward resolves and pleasure in what you think you can handle and the main goal behind it…how professional the outcome is going to be.
To get back to the painting, WE were working on straight concrete so the walls eventually absorbed a lot of paint. After that job, we both gave her a break on the work because she was just starting out as a business owner and I was trying to not only promote her but myself too around my community and local mayors offices, etc to put on a roster for phonebook ads etc.
But anyhow, I gained the full opportunity to now be known in the artist world as a class A student because once he died his work along with my help on one of his pieces got displayed downtown and a very well recognized painter asked me later at his funeral how long I we known each other and why did we do this for and why. Here is another way to open up the doors to recieving art jobs: Ask around and get referals, go to art fairs, always find out how many people need help in communities around you. The more the work the higher the cost for your work. If you think this does good to helpanswer your question, you are most welcome.
Oh one more thing, you may also want to give anyone you come in contact with a printed business card so they can remember you by.
Um if you want please feel free to email me to be a good friend, if you need any assistance, I can offer more incites especially if you are just starting out.

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Your Questions About Concrete Cost Per Square Foot

Carol asks…

How much does it cost to pour cement?

Well… I want a basketball hoop up. We have a hoop and pole, but we need cement. Does anyone know approximately how much it costs per square foot? Or any cost they know of that they might have paid for a cement pouring so I can estimate?

Doug answers:

Calculate the area and volume of the court you desire. Keep all units of measure the same.

Assume the following
Area = length x width
volume = length x thickness
I cubic yard of cement = 27 cubic feet =(3′ x 3′ x 3′)

Example: 10′ x 10′ court that is 3″ thick

area = 10′ x 10′ = 100 sq ft.
Volume = 100 sq ft. X 3″/(12′/ft)= 100sq ft x .25′= 25 cubic feet.

25 cubic feet = 25ft^3 / 27ft^3 = .92 cubic yards of concrete.

Figure about $55 to $75 per cubic yard of cement.

Your court would cost about $50 to $69 for the concrete. Or in other words about $0.50 to $0.69 per square foot. This does not include labor.

Then consider other materials such as re-mesh or re-bar to add strength to the concrete.

Michael asks…

How much per square foot?

About how much does it cost per square foot for a foundation. Slab or crawl space foundation. Not to pay someone else but to do it yourseld, In illinois and how did you find this out? I.E. websites, experience…. Thank you all very much.

Doug answers:

One step to determine materials needed is to check with the code office to see what the requirements of local codes are. You might not want to identify yourself to much too them yet but get the code requirements, take your measurements, create a materials list of what you will need. Remember you will be dealing most likely with cubic measurements unless you are using block. Once you have your numbers the rest if shopping around. If using concrete , check with outfits with mixers, it can be cheaper than DIY, if so ask code about slump test recommendations. Concrete is poured into a bucket then tipped upside down, the bucket is removed and after x minutes it can only sink so much. On site testing is better as you have no idea how long that cement has been turning wet in the drum and this time is very important though some suppliers will say it isn’t so.

Nancy asks…

How much does it cost for a sub-contractor to pour a 3000 foot slab foundation with water heating tubes?

I know that a lot of it depends upon the area of the country that you live in and what the builder has to do to prepare the lot for pouring the foundation, (ie. clearing the lot of any debris and unwanted vegetation and installing gas and water lines.) However, give me some examples of how much it cost you, per square foot, to have a contractor build a slab foundation. I am trying to perform some preliminary work on a budget for a new home for me and my family. How big of a house I build will depend upon how much the foundation will cost to build. I will appreciate any information you can offer me.

Doug answers:

Well…10 yards of concrete costs about 800-1000 dollars….so I would say….ALOT of $$$$

Donna asks…

How to estimate labor costs for installing Travertine.?

What are determining factors for quoting labor costs per square foot for installing Travertine tiles in square foot pieces? Or what is the average cost of labor?

Doug answers:

The determining factors are (in order of importance);
1. The type of substrate. Concrete, plywood deck,
2. The condition of the substrate.
3. Acceptable lippage.
4. Quality of the travartine.

On point #1, both would require preparation
The concrete would require high spots to be ground down and low spots to be filled in. Or preferably you would use a SLC (self leveling compound). Also, the concrete would require a crack suppression membrane. I am not talking a 12″ strip of rubber covering just the cracks. I am talking about a crack suppression membrane covering the whole floor. This is the only way that you can guarantee that the tiles will not crack.
The plywood deck would require either 1/4″ durock or the newer product that is much lighter. Sort of like a foam sheet.

On point #2: If the concrete floor has variations of more the 1/4″ per 10′, you need to seriously consider a SLC. You would almost have to use it if you don’t want to take forever to install the travartine.

On point #3: You need to determine what amount of lippage is acceptable to your customer. Lippage is the when one tile is slightly higher or lower than the tile next to it. The only way that you can obtain zero lippage is to surface grind the entire floor once the thin-set is set. Very expensive. Short of this, you need to determine what is acceptable. For example, anything under the thickness of a credit card is acceptable, or under the thickness of 4 sheets of paper, etc.

On point #4: Although travartine is technically a rectified tile, that does not mean that they are uniform in thickness. They are supposed to be, but may not necessarily be. Also, you will need to backbutter each tile with white thinset. Also, por quality tiles will not be filled very well and the wholes will start showing up in the tile as soon as they receive foot traffic.

In closing, whatever you charge for square foot, make sure that you factor in call-backs. You will be getting them.

George asks…

What cost are associated with a modular home purchase?

I realize modular homes are a lot cheaper that stick built homes, but beside buying a piece of land to put it on, what other costs are there? How much does it cost for freight, set up, foundation, etc, etc? Is there a rule of thumb like a dollar amount per square foot or something like that?

Doug answers:

Bandett is right, and you do not provide enough details to adequately answer. Most Dealers that sell these new include “delivery & set-up” in the cost of the unit….

But is “set-up” simply “tieing it down” with some twist into the ground anchors and “leveling” it with concrete blocks and oak wood shims on piers in the ground…

Or do you want it set on a concrete block foundation, or a poured concrete foundation with steel crossbeams? IF you put it on your own land, what will it cost to put in water, sewer and electric? What are the neighborhood covenants/restrictions? Can I set one up and be your neighbor and have 15 junk cars in my backyard?

Obviously, a poured concrete foundation is best, because it will be “dug into” the ground BELOW the frost line, so that after your home has set there for two or three years and been exposed to freeze-thaw cycles together with surface ground heaving over a couple winters, it will STILL be level, and you will be able to open and close the doors and windows and the floors won’t be sloping.

You DO NOT say what area of the country you are in, or even if your home will be exposed to freeze-thaw cycles, but if you ARE, and a concrete foundation is beyond your budget, poured piers that go WELL BELOW the frost line would be the next best thing. Ask your salesman to provide a drawing with MEASUREMENTS as to how far apart to pour the piers. You need to SEE the holes for the piers BEFORE the concrete is poured, to verify their depth, and ask your local building commission how deep they need to be for your area. Don’t be afraid of your local building commission, they are there to help. There is no other way this can be done… And the way this generally works is that the contractor digging the holes, the customer, the building inspector, and the concrete trucks to pour the concrete are ALL on site together the same day: no contractor wants the liability of leaving open holes, and if it rains, you have a mess, get it all done in one day.

Then there is the unfortunate fact like Bandett points out, there is a NADA book on modular home manufacturers, just like cars, and they DO NOT appreciate.
LAND appreciates, but “used modular homes” DO NOT. You might opt to buy an existing one that someone else has already done all this stuff to.

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Your Questions About Concrete Cost Per Square Foot

William asks…

cost of seal coating concrete parking lot & what kind of coat i need?

I want to know what kind of seal coating i need for my 17000 square feel concrete parking lot? what does it generally cost per sq. foot to have seal & coat concrete parking lot. I don’t want to get scammed like lot of elder people get scammed. I got one quote verbally for 18 cents a square foot but i am going to pass on it as contractor sounds not very reliable. I prefer someone local with landline phone number and physical location (not someone staying in a rented space or staying at motel). He told me to seal coat my concrete parking just like asphalt parking lot. can Coal tar based or rubber sand based application can be applied to Concrete parking lot to sealcoat?? I am in southwest missouri (corner of OK, AR, & KS). what does it cost per square feet to seal and coat concrete parking lot. what kind of application i need on concrete parking. My parking lot is about 10-12 year old and it is in average shape. No big holes or any crack. Just too white and i want it too look like blacktop. Any advice? I did little research online and found it generally cost 8 to 12 cents a square feet for seal coat but its all for asphalt parking lot. Is there different sealer for asphalt and concrete?
Anyone who can answer…just one asnwer in 2 days….any expert reading this please answer….

Doug answers:

Hello I am not an expert in this area however I did come up with a site that you could look at and on the contact us section you can fill in some details and explain what it is you are looking for and they can give a qoute to you on line and answer any questions you might have also a quick check of the yellow pages and the list of contractors is endless all of which I’m sure would give you a quote all of this info came courtesy of google

Helen asks…

Cost per sq. ft. to remove asphalt driveway and replace w/ concrete?

I live in maryland and we’d like to take out our (rather large) asphalt driveway and replace it with concrete, does anyone know what the cost would be per square foot?

Doug answers:

In md. You can figure 7 dollars a sq. Ft. And up…

Richard asks…

Residential Concrete Staining. Average cost? California.?

Hi. So, we are thinking of buying a house and doing a concrete stain on the slab. Currently, it has nasty, flea-ridden BLUE carpet that deserves to be burned to ashes in some spectacular fashion. Anyway, we’ve been discussing the various pros and cons of wood flooring verses tile. I work in construction management and a lot of our retail clients have been doing a concrete stain on their floors. So, I looked it up and it turns out that it is possible to get the faux look of marble, tile, or anything else we want (although I would want to stick to tile, natural stone or marble). Well, not one single website I looked at offers an average cost per square foot.

Has anybody done any concrete stain in their home? If so, roughly how much did it cost? This is for about 1200 square feet in the house.

Oh, and yes, I have emailed several companies asking for rough estimate and have not gotten a single response back yet.

Doug answers:

Pancakes taste good! Just cover your floor in pancakes mam!! Mmmmmmm! Pancakes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ;D
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Mark asks…

Approximately, how much would it cost me to demolish and replace a total of 650 square feet sidewalk?

I understand there is one price to demolish (per square foot), and another one to replace a concrete sidewalk (per square foot also). It would be lovely if you can tell me how much money I’m expected to spend for the whole job.

thanks in advance!

Doug answers:

More money than i have

Ken asks…

how much does rebar cast per square foot i need to know asap!!! thanks?

i’m doing a science project on concrete reinforcements would love to know how much it costs per foot can anyone help me?

Doug answers:

4 foot piece @ HOME DEPOT is 3.00ea.

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Your Questions About Concrete Cost Per Square Foot

Michael asks…

how much does it cost to pour concrete with a brush finish per square foot I’m in northern California?

I’m want to have a new patio like 10′x10′ poured with just brushed concrete and I’m curious of basic cost per sq.ft.

Doug answers:

I wouldnt pay more than 10 – 12 dollars a square ft. I can get it done in pa. For 7 – 9 dollars

Sandy asks…

what is the cost per square foot to have a paver driveway installed ona four inch concrete bed?

Location Long Island New York

Doug answers:

$15 bucks a square ft

Ruth asks…

Cost per square foot for HOME ADDITION in chicago suburb?

I realize that the cost of a home addition will vary greatly but I need a ballpark idea. I am looking to add a master bedroom and bath. The current space has a den on a concrete slab. This would need to be demo’d, slab size increased, etc. Any thoughts on cost per square foot?

Doug answers:

Try calling a local bank and talk to someone from the loan dept. They should be able to tell you in general what an approx sq ft addition should run. Like you said, it will all depend on what you want done. Just a little north of you it starts about 125 – 150 sq ft for basic addition.

Robert asks…

How much does it cost per square foot or square meter to build a modern home in Cambodia?

How much does it cost to build a modern home (concrete construction) in Cambodia? We are trying to just get a baseline price–does not have to be so specific, but we are not at the point of talking to contractors or architects yet.

Doug answers:

I now live in a new concrete built 3 floor house including rooftop with a bamboo house in the Philippines. The land was given by my g/f mother. The total cost was about ten thousand GBP

Nancy asks…

Warehouse construction – cost per square foot?

Need rough estimate of building standard large double story concrete block warehouse, 18,000 sq ft

Doug answers:

You are looking at about 250 a foot… Depending on the area…

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Your Questions About Concrete Cost

Laura asks…

What kind and how much would this much concrete cost? Info pleassee?

For a dog run of 30 ft. x 50 ft. and four inches thick. I want to make it all have concrete flooring.
1. Can I do this myself?
2. What is the name of the concrete I should buy?
3. About how much would this cost?
That’s 160ft. in total.
ANY OTHER INFO WOULD BE GREAT!! thank you!

Doug answers:

160ft??? My math is 1500!!!

You will want to order it pre mixed from a concrete company. They will show up in two or three trucks. The concrete alone will cost 3-5k from a company like this.

There is no way you are doing this yourself. It would take a team of 4 experienced guys 4 or 5 days from start to finish. If you went that route you are looking at 12-15k.

Good Luck!

Susan asks…

How much to build a low cost concrete house in the Philippines per square meter?

With current concrete prices, how much to build a low cost concrete house in the Philippines?

with no tile, no cabinets

just livable space, with electricity and plumbing installed

Doug answers:

(just my estimate, I tried selling house in 2008. I am not an architect or engineer)

A 45sq. M. House in a subdivision in Iloilo, would cost you around 1.2million…if you build the house ,and considering you know how to budget, including where to get things and who to get…maybe 500k-700k is enough…or even less.

But, that would be in Iloilo…in Manila the price would be very much higher.
Prices would depend on the place.

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David asks…

How much does stained concrete usually cost per square foot?

We’d like to have stained concrete in our kitchen, but need to know the approximate cost per square foot. We currently have tile that has popped up and needs to be replaced with something.

Doug answers:

Usually around 2 to 4 dollars per square foot.

Linda asks…

How much should one concrete step cost?

I won’t give the whole story, but it’s 6″ x 36″ x 36″.

Menards told me it would require 9 bags of concrete(@$2.47).
It’s getting cold so they said it would need a quick dry additive.

Anyway, if I hire someone, 3 hour max? What ‘should’ that cost me?

Thanks in advance guys/gals!

PS. I live in S. Paul, MN.

Doug answers:

You only need 0.75 cubic feet of concrete. Buy yourself two 60 lb bags of quickcrete. It’ll be about 14 bucks. They make a 0.5 cubic feet per bag. Buy yourself a 8 foot 2×6, cut your pieces as follows : 39 inches, and two 6 inch pieces (this is assuming you only need to form 3 sides. If you need to form the back side- get a 4 foot piece of 1×6 cedar or treated wood- you’ll want to leave it in place(so you want something that won’t rot) cut that down to 36 inches, and make your side pieces 6 3/4 inches instead of six inch. The idea is that you want to leave that 1×6 in, and you want to run the form past it. You’ll also need to get a small amount of calcium chloride. It’s an ice melter,(like a salt) and you probably could buy it at menards also. You’ll only need about a half gallon, at the very most. It’d be a good idea to have a little bit of rebar- you could get away with using two three foot pieces of 1/2 inch ready-rod or rebar if you can get it cut for you. You’ll also need about a 1/2 lb of 16 penny duplex nails.
Now, you’re up to about 40 some bucks in materials. Do you wanna tackle it yourself? If so, I’ll outline the next steps. First- nail the box together, using the duplex nails. They have two heads, so only sink the nails to the first head. The two short pieces get nailed on the inside of the 39 inch piece, giving you 36″ on the inside. Now, if you’re going with the 4 sided box, nail that on inside the two short pieces. You should have a 36″x6″. Set the box in place, and shim it accordingly to get it level. If it’s three sided, you’ll need to set something heavy in front of the long side to keep it from wanting to wander away when you pour it. When you get your quickcrete, take it inside where it’s warm and give it a chance to be warm for a while, like a day or so. When you mix it up, use HOT water. You’ll want the concrete to be in the neighborhood of 75-80 degrees when it’s mixed. Add the chloride, mix it well, till it looks like, well, somewhat stiff mud. Follow the directions on the bag, don’t add too much water. Pour it in the form, tap the sides with a hammer, smooth the top out with something smooth, like that piece of 1×6 that you had left over, and then take a paint brush(with bristles) and put some texture on the top. It’ll take about 2-3 hours to do. When you’re all done, cover it up with an old blanket for a week or so, and don’t walk on it. You’ll want to protect it from freezing. It’ll create it’s own heat while it’s curing, but it’ll need a blanket and a piece of plastic over it to keep from doing that.

If you were to hire someone to do it, they’ll soak you for about 200-300 bucks, low ball guess.

Hope this helps

oh…after a week or so, you can pull the nails, and pull the forms off…leaving the back one on if you decided to build it that way

Joseph asks…

How Much Does Concrete Cost?

I want to build a basketball court in my backyard. I was wondering how much this would cost. I don’t want concrete that you could build a structure on, just to bounce a basketball and run on. Could I do it myself or do I need professional help? Thank you for your time.

Doug answers:

It really depends on the size of your basketball court, figure out the size to get your square foot measurement. Then you will want at least 3″ deep for your court. You can frame this yourself then bank the outside and inside with sand to prevent the concrete from running out of the frame work.

You can with some help , you will need rakes, shovels,2×4′s or 2×6′s, trowels. Sometimes its better to frame it and see if the concrete company has a couple of men that can help with the foundation.

I would recommend you using re-barb or scrap metal wire and purchase concrete with gravel in it. Your basketball court will look nicer, and you will have less up keep. After it cures put a good sealer on the top. This will help keep mold from forming on the top.

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Your Questions About Concrete Cost Per Square Foot

Linda asks…

how much does it cost per square foot to stain concrete yourself?

We are looking into staining our kitchen floor. The house is only two years old. Is this something we could do?

Doug answers:

It is best to have a professional do the work. The concrete has to be perfectly cleaned and then sandblasted to creat a surface that the stain can adhear to. You can also use some sorts of acids to do the same job, but there are even more toxic. We decided that the cost and the time wasn’t worth the trouble and went with a laminate floor instead.
Look at the directions for yourself.

Ken asks…

What is an average cost for residential broomed concrete per square foot?

One for just finishing it, one for forming and finishing, andone for digging forming and finishing? Remember pretty rural area

Doug answers:

There are far too many variables to even hazard a guess. How many square feet of concrete flatwork will be poured? Generally, smaller jobs will cost more per square foot in labor because of the time element. How much excavation and site preperation needs to be done prior to forming? Will a base of gravel be put down prior to pouring? Will any, or all, of the area have to be compaacted prior to pouring? How thick will the flatwork be … The thicker the slab, the higher the labor cost. Is the flatwork one large expanse, or is it cut up with sidewalks etc.? Will there be any reinforcing mesh, rebar, and what about expansion joints? Can a concrete truck reach all of the area to be poured … Or will some of the concrete need to be wheeled, drug, or pumped? Will curative additives need to be added to either speed up or retard the time it takes the concrete to set up? Is there a source of water so that the finishers can hook up a hose?

Is there a lot of construction in your general area? Even though it is rural, a fair amount of construction in the area means that the pricing for flatwork labor is likely to be competetive. Are you concerned that your flatwork contractor is legitimate … Carries liability insurance and pays into worker’s compensation according to the law. If so, labor will be higher, but you will be protected in case of problems. Who will pay for the ready mix concrete? If you pay for it, you may pay more than a flatwork contractor who buys it everyday. If the contractor buys it, can you rest assured that he will pay for it … If he doesn’t, you might find yourself with a materialman’s lien on your property and may end up paying for the concrete twice.

The cost of the concrete can vary greatly geographically. You could find yourself paying a premium for ready mix concrete transported over a long distance. The price will also be affected by the mix you choose.

Best advice is to find a couple of reputable flatwork contractors and have them bid your work. Get all estimates in writing and make them furnish you with a certificate of insurance proving that they are covered by the appropriate insurance. Make sure that all bidders prepare their bids according to the same specifications and you will be able to make an educated buying decision.

If at all possible, look at some of the contractors’ jobs before you hire them. There are a lot of butchers out there and, once poured, you have what you have. No homeowner wants to get into a beef after the fact over quality and appearance issues.

Good luck with your project.

Donald asks…

What is the average cost per square foot to construct a poured concrete basement?

Doug answers:

If your half ass; then it’s a matter of material only. There is much to be considered in prep work so when the concrete comes your ready.. The reality is that you won’t know untill it’s pour time how the weather can foul up perfectly good plans.
It’s best though to save money as all the pre forming can save on loads of labour cost. Alas- if it’s not right when the contractor shows up and has to adjust-can ruin a good working relationship!

Betty asks…

prevailing cost of concrete per square foot in southern cook county, IL?

Doug answers:

What kind of concrete?
$3.39 to $19.95

Steven asks…

What’s the typical cost per square foot of staining and sealing a concrete slab floor?

Doug answers:

Typically it starts between $3 and $4 per square foot for one solid color. Add $1 per square foot to cut tiles, and another dollar to use multiple colors.

The base price varies because some floors have sealer/paint on them which has to be removed before it can be stained.

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Your Questions About Patio Cost Per Square Foot

Linda asks…

I need help with the correct calculation for the paving sand for building a stone patio. Please help?

I’m trying to calculate prices for building a stone patio. I’m just using regular square foot pavers, and when looking at the prices for paving sand to go underneath, it just seems outrageous so I’m wondering if I’m doing something wrong.

The patio will be 120 square feet….10×12. I read that the paving sand should be about 2 inches deep….and the lowest price I’ve found is $3.38 per 1/2 a cubic foot. So, I would need 240 cubic feet, and that’s going to cost $811.20 just for sand! The pavers are only going to cost $213.60. So am I doing something wrong? Please help!

Doug answers:

Yes, that calculation is wrong.

2″ = .17 ft.

10 x 12 x .17 = 20.4 cu. Ft.

If you use the 1/2 cubic foot bags, you will need 41 bags.

41 x $3.38 = $138.58

Hope this helps.

James asks…

Given the information below how much will the flowerbed cost and explain?

A landscape architect is designing 3 trapezoidal flowerbeds to wrap around 3 sides of a hexagonal flagstone patio. The length of 1 side of the trapezoid is 20ft, the height 7 ft, and side length of the hexagon is 12ft. What is the area of the entire flowerbed? The landscape architect’s fee is 100$ plus 5$ per square foot. What will the flowerbed cost?
Your right abouhe cost but the area is wrong. its 336 ft right? Please explain y

Doug answers:

The area of each trapezoidal flowerbed is (h/2)(b1 + b2) = (7/2)(12 + 20) = 112 ft².

The cost is $100 + 3(112 ft²)($5/ft²) = $1,780.

Charles asks…

Math question. kindly help please?

A bricklayer charges $8 per square foot to lay a patio. How much would it cost for the bricklayer to lay a 12-foot-×-16-foot patio?

Doug answers:

Simple problem. 12 foot x 16 foot patio means its 192 square ft. Multiply that by 8$ per square ft. And you get =$1536

Helen asks…

how do you solve this problem? And can you please show me how you solved this. Thank You?

6: A bricklayer charges $8 per square foot to lay a patio. How much would it cost for the bricklayer to lay a 12-foot-×-16-foot patio?

A. $960
B. $192
C. $224
D. $1536
7: Your piggy bank contains $19.75 in dimes and quarters. There are 100 coins in all. How many dimes are there?

A. 25
B. 30
C. 35
D. 40

this problem i need the help also teach me how to solve so i can understand this a little more. thank you

8: A treasure map is drawn to a scale of 2 inches = 3 miles. On the map, the distance between Point A and X-marks-the-spot is 9 1/2 inches. How many actual miles does this represent.

A. 281/2 miles
B. 141/4 miles
C. 61/3 miles
D. 19 miles

& this one too.

Doug answers:

D. $1536. You multiply 12 by 16 to get all of your square feet, then multiply that by 8 because you are putting 8 into each square foot. (12×16)8 or 12×16=192×8=1,536

Donna asks…

Math Homework?

the space in a rectangle that measures 20 feet by 13 feet. the landscaper charges 15$ per square foot for materiales + labor. How much will the patio cost?

Doug answers:

Area 20 * 13 sq ft
cost 20 * 13 * 15

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