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RE: Sulfate bearing soil

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Almost all of the soils around Las Vegas are "hot" and we''ve been
specifying Type V, f'c = 4500 psi for some time and haven't had any
problems.  The foundations are usually 60" dia. x 25 foot piers.

Usually a local plant, such as Harald suggests, will have a standard mix
design that you can review.

Neil Moore, S.E.

>Call your local cement suppliers, and concrete ready-mix suppliers.  You are
>probably not the first one to get into sulfate soils.  Ask if they have some
>off the shelf mixes that were tested per ASTM C1042.  They will probably
>have some F ash blends with Type I-II cements.  
>Harold Sprague
>The Neenan Company

>-----Original Message-----
>From: JCohen [mailto:jccpc(--nospam--at)]
>Subject: Sulfate bearing soil
>I recently had a soils test done for a propsective residence. The sulfate
>content came out at between .15 and .20 % by weight of soil, excpet for 1 of
>9 samples which tested at 3.7%. Thanks for any suggestions.
>James Cohen
>James Cohen Consulting, P.C.