Concrete pump

Everything you need to know about concrete pumps

Concrete pumps are now the most popular method of transferring liquid concrete and are a common fixture on building sites now. The birth of the concrete pump has increased the efficiency of building projects, especially when it comes to building high-rises. Whereas previously buckets of concrete had to be lifted up by cranes, it is now possible to pump concrete up to higher floors. This provides a fast and constant supply of concrete exactly to where it is needed.

But how do they work? The answer is actually remarkably simple which probably in part accounts for the popularity and reliability of the humble concrete pump. Two cylinders are placed side-by-side and in each cylinder is a piston. One piston draws the liquid concrete into the cylinder whilst the other simultaneously pushes the concrete out. There is a valve which determines which cylinder is open to the concrete hopper and which is open to the discharge pipes.Concrete pump

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Mixing Concrete: The DIY Guide | The perfect mixing ratio, preparing concrete and the tools you can use

Most people can become a little confused when working out how to create a perfect concrete mix for the job in hand. Getting the correct ratio for concrete mixing is very important as this can vary for the type of application you require on areas including foundations, garden walls and patios. You can also purchase ready mixed concrete for some applications; this is often the preferred choice and prevents any mistakes by trusting a supplier to provide your concrete ready to go.

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Why a concrete garage is a no brainer to keep your vehicles safe: Don’t be a brickhead


Many garages built before the 80s are made from brick and commonly contain harmful asbestos insulation, also known as the silent killer. These garages let in drafts, deteriorate in bad weather and have a flimsy construction that won’t last. If you’ve been landed with one of these eye-sores, you shouldn’t have to put up with it. Replacing your garage with a much more durable concrete one is a lot easier than you’d think. Here are just some of the benefits you can enjoy with a garage created with robust concrete.

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How Do Concrete Pumps Work?

A construction site would obviously be synonymous with lots of concrete, therefore we at Base Concrete understand and how tedious it can be to ferry it using wheelbarrows or dumpers. We recommend using concrete pumps to make the process of transporting concrete effortless and convenient. If you know how concrete pumps work, it will become easier for you to make the necessary decisions during the course of a construction project. Continue reading How Do Concrete Pumps Work?

Supplying Quality Ready Mixed Concrete & Screed

Having products and equipment you can believe in really is half the job in the construction world, none so more so than having quality concrete and screed. As the leading name in Watford, Hemel Hempstead and Luton, here at Base Concrete, we are proud of the glowing reputation we have acclaimed over the years.

One of the reasons we are held with such high regard is the fact that we offer such a wide range of ready mixed concrete and screed. We understand that no two projects are alike and may require different materials.

Our experience and expertise in supplying and delivering concrete and screed means that we are a great resource should you have any questions or enquiry’s. Our team are more than happy to offer their expert guidance and assistance and can even advise on which of our mixes is most suitable for the job at hand.

Our range includes:

GEN 1 Mix

A basic foundation mix that can be used in footings of a minimum cement content of 175kg/pm3

P300 Mix

Recommended for use on driveways garages and floors and possess a minimum cement content of 300 kg/m

C40 Mix

Recommended for agricultural use. One of our strongest mix cements with a minimum cement content of 340 kg/m

Floor Screed

We supply the most common floor screed 1-4 mix which come with a 10 hour retardant as standard

Plus more!

What’s more if you can’t find the mix you are after, just give our team a call and we will take the time to solve your dilemma. Catering for trade and DIY purposes, get in touch today by calling 01442 389 105 or contact us online.

The Need For Quality Floor Screed

The ‘quality of a finish’ is arguably of one the most important things to consider upon completion of a project. The attention to details can make all the difference, none so more so than when you’re completing a brand new floor. What you need is quality floor screed and that is where we at Base Concrete come in.

As the leading name for high quality ready mix concrete and floor screed in Watford, Hemel Hempstead as well as the surrounding areas, we are the only place to look. Our experience and expertise in supplying and delivering high quality products for your projects will only enhance your build.

Create The Best Floor Finish

Floor screed is integral in achieving a smooth, flat and functional floor. The versatility of screed means that it can be layered on top of both insulation and under floor heating systems, allowing you to create the perfect finish to you customer’s floor, whatever the function.

Our variety of mixes is complimented with competitive and attractive prices that really do offer unmatchable value for money. Our small and larger trucks can deliver your specific quantity to your site and can accommodate for smaller, less accessible sites.

Screed Services Tailored To You

We are much more than a simple ready mix supplier. We devise a service that is bespoke to you and you needs. Whether for domestic or commercial use, our team of ready mix and screed experts are on hand to offer any help and advice where needed and are more than happy to answer any questions and queries you may have.

Our close relationship with developers, architects, contractors and construction companies throughout the areas of Watford, Luton and High Wycombe only fills our customers will confidence in both our products and services.

For more information on our prices, products and bespoke service, be sure to give one of our team a call on 01442 389 105.

How Can A Concrete Pump Enhance Your Projects?

With the winter months behind us, many customers, tradesmen and DIY enthusiasts will be looking at making those building and structural improvements. With a lot to plan, work out and implement one thing that you needn’t worry about is where to get your concrete from.

Here at Base Concrete, we continue to be the first word on many people’s lips when it comes to ready mix concrete and floor screed services. Serving both the commercial and domestic sectors, we operate our reputable services within a 15 mile radius of Hemel Hempstead, including Watford, Luton and the surrounding areas.

Concrete Pumping For You

When it comes to smaller, more compact builds such as home extensions and new structural builds on small sites, one thing that many people struggle with is the delivery and application of their concrete. Luckily, we have developed some of the most practical and efficient concrete pumping services meaning you can have your ready mix concrete delivered exactly where you want it.

We have a fleet of lorries that are ideal for sites with tight and restricted access that can pump your ready mix concrete or screed directly onto your desired area. With loads starting at 0.5 m3 up to 4.5 m3, we can provide you with exactly the right amount you need.

Designed With You In Mind

Our teams take the time to understand your specific requirements and are on hand to offer their expert advice and guidance should you need it. Our concrete pumping service will not only save you time and effort, but also ensure that none of your precious concrete or floor screed is needlessly spilt.

We really do offer a unique and tailored concrete supply and pumping service that will ensure that your build is only enhanced. For more information on our services, be sure to fill out our online contact form or call us on 01442 389 105.

Concrete Pumps For Your 2013 Projects

Here at Base Concrete, we pride ourselves not only on the high quality of our ready mix concrete, but also on the fact that our services are tailored to the individual needs of our customers. Whatever the scale and magnitude of your build, you can rely on our skill and expertise to supply your concrete solutions.

Whether you’re in need of specific ready mix concrete custom to your job, or in need of floor screed for both DIY and trade customers, we will take all things into account to ensure that your receive the best concrete and service for your project.

Concrete Experts

Operating over a 15 mile radius of Hemel Hempstead, our independent and well-established concrete services have seen us become the first choice for many compared to larger concrete companies. One of the reasons for this is our ability to supply concrete where access is difficult, space is restricted and time is of the essence.

Our concrete pumps ensure that your ready mix concrete and screed can be placed exactly where it is needed, saving time and labour. Our smaller, more agile trucks are able to position themselves in places other larger trucks may have difficulty.

Concrete Pumping Specialists

Once in place, our concrete pumps can be quickly and easily set up to deliver your concrete in the cleanest most effective and most efficient way possible. This removes the need for wheelbarrows and dumpers and also saves the arms and physique of your workman.

Our own static line pump carries 70 m of line, meaning we can easily deliver your concrete through houses or up alleyways where appropriate. Fittingly however, we supply concrete pumps in a range of sizes including 16m, 24m and 34m sizes meaning we can supply you with the right pump for the right job.

For more information on our concrete pumping services or our concrete services in general, be sure to give us a call our experts a call on 01442 389 105.

Let Base Concrete Help This New Year

With the New Year well and truly underway, if you work in the construction industry then your thoughts will already be turned to what 2013 has in store. With a whole host of new projects in the pipeline, the last thing you need is any complications.

Luckily, Base Concrete are here to ensure that your concrete and screed requirements are met and will not hinder your schedule. Whether you work for a construction company, are a self-employed tradesman or are simply trying your hand at some DIY, we will be able to provide your required mix as well as deliver it on-site when you need it.

Ready Mixed & Delivery

We are proud to boast an array of quality ready mix concretes that are required to carry out a number of purposes. Our expertise and experience in the makeup of concrete as well as the most effective and efficient methods to deliver it to your site, only highlights our commitment to providing a quality service.

Regardless of the size and stature of your project, our commitment to tailoring our services to your specific needs is unmatched. With a fleet of lorries and delivery procedures at our disposal, including concrete pumps for when access is an issue, the mix and delivery of your concrete will be the least of your concerns.

Concrete Tailored To You

But our services don’t stop there. We understand that judging the amount of concrete or screed you may need for your project can be challenging. Use our online calculator to calculate your load for free. Or if you have any other questions regarding our services, our products or are simply enquiring, our team of dedicated and experienced experts are on hand to answer your questions.

Be sure to check out our website and ensure that your projects run smoothly this 2013 by acquiring the services of us here at Base Concrete.

Which Type of Concrete Mix Do I Need?

When it comes to concrete, unless you’re a professional it may all seem a bit confusing. You might not have even known just how many types of concrete mix there was available and trying to work out which type you need can seem like a nightmare! But don’t worry, here are some helpful hints to help you choose the best concrete for your application whether you’re laying a new driveway to a new stable floor: Continue reading Which Type of Concrete Mix Do I Need?