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Re: Spec needed for 3000 psi concrete

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Why use "3000 psi" concrete which then requires a Deputy inspector at a cost of about $75/hr?
Instead specify 5.5 or 6 sack mix, limit the water and you will end up with about 4000 psi but won't have to pay for the inspector.
This is especially important for smaller jobs.
Stan Scholl, P.E.
Laguna Beach, CA
On Fri, 8 Oct 2004 11:57:05 -0600 "David Maynard" <davemaynard(--nospam--at)> writes:
I tend to agree with Joe on this one.  Really let your contractor do the work.  The more guidance you give him, the more liability you accept on the project.  Typically for our concrete specs, we call out the following things:
1. Portland Cement type and ASTM spec.
2. Fly Ash type, content, and applicable ASTM spec.
3. 28-day Compressive Strength
4. Max. Course Aggregate
5. Max. Water/Cement Ratio
6. Air Content
7. Slump
Based on this information, you contractor should be able to come up with the proper mix design.  Anything more, and you start obtaining liability.  I hope that helps.
Dave Maynard, PE
Consolidated Engineers, Inc.
Gillette, Wyoming