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Question DetailsAsked on 6/4/2015

How much does it normally cost to put in a small area of cement?

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Depends on how much prep work is needed to provide a stable base material, and thickness (which varies by type of load it is to carry) and area of course. But for a very small patch of a few square feet by a Handyman using sackcrete, probably about $10-15/SF for normal sidewalk or driveway repair, with probably about a $100-150 minimum charge for very small patches. Such work you can usually do yourself - break up and dig out the broken concrete down to vertical edges with the surrounding concrete and dig down to firm, sound ground (remove any loose sand or mud), dampen the ground and surrounding concrete so it does not soak up the water from the patch, then mix, place and trowel the patch using a concrete patch sackcrete, NOT regular concrete mixif a small patch (as opposed to say a replacement sidewalk square). Water cure for at least 3 days (7 better) - can cover with plastic sheet once surface has initial set and then pull back and wet 2-4 times daily depending how fast it is evaporating, or after the concrete has set firm (about 1-4 hours typically depending on brand and whether quick-setting or not - keep surface wet during that timeframe) you can then cover with a few inches of sand and water that a time or two a day time to keep it wet. NOTE - sand may cause slight staining unless pure white sand.

For larger areas (say over about 100SF) of walk, drive, or patio - typically one or two $/SF for subgrade prep and putting down and compacting base material if needed, then about $5/SF plus or minus for the concrete itself - about $1/SF more for reinforced driveway, which tends to be an inch or so thicker and a bit heavier reinforcement. Minimum charge for a concrete contractor crew probably about $400-600 regardless of job size just to get crew and equipment on site and do a small job, and of course there is a job size where it gets a buck or so per SF cheaper IF a concrete truck can get to the placement location or a concrete buggy can easily be used to move concrete from the truck to the placement site - right around 3-4 cubic yards which is the normal minimum truck delivery charge, so about 250-400 SF depending on thickness, which is usually 3-4 inches in most cases typically. Does not mean you have to order at least 3-4 CY (cubic yards - a cubic yard is 27 cubic feet of material) - just that you will be charged for that much even if you order less, typically at about $50-150/CY in most areas. Of course, long hauls from the plant with less than a full load increases that cost up to about $100 or so per trip.

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