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RE: concrete on standing water

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Concrete can be placed underwater as well. But I doubt that a residential mud slinger has the experience or the ability.

It is not a big deal to trench to a pit and pump it out. I would want to look at the soil to see if it being saturated would make a difference. If the saturation level of the soil is not a problem have him just get a cheap sump pump and pump the water out. It is not that big a deal.

Or you can have him get one of those mult-thousand dollar multi-thousand horse power Wood 10,000 cfs pumps with a 12' diameter discharge that they have in New Orleans. No THAT is a pump. I feel like Tim Allen!

Harold Sprague

From: "Eli Grassley" <elig(--nospam--at)>
Reply-To: <seaint(--nospam--at)>
To: <seaint(--nospam--at)>
Subject: concrete on standing water
Date: Tue, 27 Sep 2005 14:14:45 -0700

Can anyone comment on the appropriateness of placing concrete on
saturated soil?  I have a contractor that is asking if he can pour his
strip footings thru some 1" standing puddles.  Said he has done it
plenty of times in the past...



Eli S. Grassley, PE


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