Grouted Brick Prism

Volume Concrete Delivers Grout for Grouted Brick Prisms

Masons like the Grout from Volume Concrete thanks to the freshness (mixed on-site), and the ability to adjust the slump on-the-fly, and vary the sack amount for the cement component.

Admixtures on board include Viscosity Modifiers for increasing the flowability and increasing the consolidation around rebar and other components that may lead to blockage.

The Grout from Volume Concrete is easily pumpable through a small line pump thanks to lack of aggregates and the increased amount of fine sands.

This particular Grout is a High-Strength Flowable Fill with p.s.i. strengths exceeding the 2000psi requirement usually required in the local market.

Here are some recent test results for 28 day strength.  PC2500 GROUT

Call Dispatch to order Grout and don’t forget the Pump!

Up to 9 Sacks per Cubic Yard depending on job-site requirements.

Testing Exceeding: ASTM C1314 & C1552

The Importance of Choosing Domestic Cement

It’s no secret, we like to support the local community.  AshGrove Cement is one of those great local companies that support the thriving industry with quality products and service.

Here is a fact sheet provided by AshGrove about their operations in Durkee, Oregon:

Local Economic Impact

• 115 employees
• Annual payroll: $13 million
• Annual local taxes paid: More than $726,000
• Approx. 600 additional jobs exist with other local companies to support Ash Grove’s operations.
• Production began: 1979
• Plant expansion: 1998
• Plant production capacity: 1,084,100 tons of clinker produced per year.



Cold Weather Concrete Success Tips using Accelerators and Water Reducing Admixtures

The winter months can make concrete a challenge.  Anything below 32 degrees Fahrenheit is not recommended especially considering if the ground is frozen solid.

Concrete is in a plastic state (wet) when initially delivered and mixed.  This wet product will have a tendency to freeze just like water.  Once a concrete mix has frozen, it is worthless.

To avoid the costly mistake of frozen concrete a few steps must be taken.

Always use hot water and an admixture containing an accelerator and a water reducer (WR).  An accelerator alone is often sufficient until temperatures become exceedingly cold.  By using an additional admixture WR, the probability of the concrete turning into frozen crystals is less.

Another important aspect to cold weather concreting is the reduction of exposure to the elements.  Cold weather insulating blankets are a necessity when it is critical to maintain the temperature within the plastic concrete.  Once the hot water and admixtures have been mixed, the concrete has thus started it’s chemical reaction.  It is very important to not re-temp the concrete by adding more water or chemicals.

Volume Concrete LLC., uses  admixtures that meet ASTM C494 type C accelerating and type E WR, requirements.

Hot Water Every Load

The time is here and the temperatures are dropping. The HOT WATER is in every delivery and already included in the price, no additional charges.

Volume Concrete LLC., uses hot fresh potable clean water for all loads and deliveries beginning in October through April.

Hot water acts as a catalyst to help kickstart the chemical reaction that occurs when hydrating cement. This will help the concrete achieve an early set during colder temperatures.

ADA Detectable Warning Surfaces and Concrete Tactiles

What is a Detectable Warning Surface?  What kind of concrete is needed for Tactile replacement in Oregon (see below)?

The primary purpose of a cross-walk at an intersection for the the safety of the pedestrian.  Yet, many accidents occur in the cross-walk involving pedestrians, cyclists and automobiles.

Too address the major issue involving cross-walk accidents, an innovative solution is taking hold across our communities by using a concrete tactile.

The concrete tactile is a cast-in-place product offered by many companies that is essentially a Detectable Warning Surface used to ALERT individuals of the dangers.  Often times these tactile surfaces are placed at intersections, and cross-walks.

ADA Pads are another term used to describe the Detectable Warning Surface.

What Is a Curb Ramp?  A curb ramp is a short ramp cutting through a curb or built up to it.  If designed and constructed to be accessible, a curb ramp provides an accessible route that people with disabilities can use to safely transition from a roadway to a curbed sidewalk and vice versa. – via ADA Tool Kit

curb ramp example
curb ramp example (shaded portion labeled RAMP is where the detectable warning surface is located.

What kind of Concrete is needed for Tactile Replacement in Oregon and the Portland Metro? Volume Concrete LLC., delivers a 4,000psi mix that adheres to the local building codes and requirements.  This specific mix design is dialed specifically for the Detectable Warning Surface and ADA Tactile, allowing for an easier install without compromising strength or workability.

Please contact our Cell Phone Dispatch (971)219-8604 and we can assist in getting the right design for that next project!

Note:   Each City, County and State have specific requirements regarding the concrete mix design, and it is important to do due diligence in researching those community-specific requirements.

The ADA Standards require that curb ramps include features called “detectable warnings.” Detectable warnings consist of a series of small domes that contrast in color with the surrounding sidewalk or street. They must be integrated into the walking surface, and there are specific measurements for the size and spacing of the domes. – via ADA Tool Kit

DOWNLOAD: Portland Pedestrian Design Guide.pdf

How thick is a concrete driveway?

At the very minimum a thickness of 4″ is needed to achieve strength and long-term integrity.  This goes with most flatwork in residential settings.

The thickness gets bumped up to 6″ for the approach of the driveway.  That’s the entry from the curbside of the road across the sidewalk and abuts to the driveway.

If your location has heavy traffic such as a weekly garbage disposal truck (heavy), consider adding an inch to the thickness for an increase in strength.

Another option is metal reinforcement such as rebar or 6×6 welded wire.

Trivia Answers Page

Is 97036 the smallest served zip code in Oregon? No, 97293 is demographically the smallest served zip code and falls within the 97214 zip code.

Frequently Asked Questions about the volume of concrete

A list of the most common, relevant and noteworthy questions about the volume.


  1. How many cubic feet are in a cubic yard of concrete?  Answer: 27 cubic feet equals 1 cubic yard.
  2. How many square feet can I get out of 1 cubic yard of concrete when the depth of the slab is 3.5 inches thick?  Answer:  80 – 100 square feet for every 1 Cubic Yard of Concrete, as long as the thickness is no more than a standard nominal 2×4 (actual dimension being 3.5″ tall).
  3. Water to Cement Ratio?  Volume Concrete LLC., adheres strongly (no pun) to the industry standard of optimal hydration at .35 that is for every one (1) pound of cement we aim to only add .35 pounds of clean pure water.
  4. How many pounds of cement are in a sack of cement?  In North America, the domestic system, we honor the 94 lbs./per sack requirement.
  5. How thick is a driveway? Answer
  6. Cold Weather Concrete Success?  Answer
  7. The Importance of Using Domestic Cement? Answer

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  • Do Not wait for Bleed Water, Start Finishing Immediately!
  • Have Lots of People and Experienced Finishers
  • Have a lot of wheel barrows, emphasis placed!!!
  • This product begins wet, but very quickly loses slump.
  • Have an area for clean up with running water and scrub brushes for the tools.
  • Mixer Trucks will require an area for cleanup immediately following the pour, we cary water on-board.
  • Typical temperatures are 40°F – 85°F, colder temperatures require hot water and need protection from the elements. Hot temperature pours are avoided during peak temperatures, and require burlap and water to protect the product once poured.
  • When using for repairs, application surface must be clean, sound and free from any materials that may inhibit bond, such as oil, asphalt, curing compound, acid, dirt and loose debris. Mechanically abrade surface and remove all unsound material. Saturate the surface before the HESC hits the ground. Avoid standing water or puddles, this will affect the strength of the final product.