From my experience, a majority of the jobs I do the customer really doesn't know what he or she wants! They have a vision in their head and dint exactly know how to explain it. The shape or size of it and the color or colors they are wanting even the style of stamps or finish of the concrete is hard to explain without any knowledge or having the words to explain it. I pride myself and my company on making sure we get whatever project we are doing exactly how you pictured. Professional job from start to finish! I work with the owner or contractor to make sure their concrete driveway or patio is the exact shape, size, stamp, and color that they want. Clean, organized work site. We pride ourselves in quality and how quickly we can get projects done. I started working in concrete my summers of high school in 1995. I was 15 yrs old. I became a union cement mason in 2001. I became a foreman of a concrete crew for a well known construction company in St. Louis when I was 21 yrs old. I've done everything over the years with concrete from Simon forms building box culverts to mainline highway paving in Missouri and North Dakota. I've used every style concrete stamp over the years. Using color in and on the concrete. I've even used a Type 3 concrete mix. Which is a 10.1sac mix that we add 3 gallons of pure calcium per yard of concrete to the load when it arrives to the job. After we pour the mix, it sets up so fast, that in 3-4 hours you can open it to traffic. If I didn't enjoy what I do for a living, there would be no way I'd get up at 4am and shovel concrete in 100 degree weather day in and day out. I think it's the variety of concrete finishes and how every job is completely different then the next that make me look forward to go to work!!
What I enjoy the most of my job is the gratification at the end of the day of what work was done and being proud to be apart of it. And the thought of how many people will get to enjoy it for many years!
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I meet them at the job to introduce myself. Then, I just listen. Find out what they want or need for that project!
I've been a cement mason since 2001. Paved highways in St. Louis for 3-4 years. I've done a lot of subdivision street work. I paved highways in North Dakota for 4 years. I've done just about everything that involves concrete at on time or another.
It's hard to stick with one number for every job. Every job is different. For instance, I did a patio in a new subdivision and there was no fences or grass yet. I was able to back the concrete truck right to the patio and pour it. The next day I did a patio the same size and finish. But it had a fence with a gate only 36" wide. I had to have my concrete come on 2 separate loads ( which cost a lot more) and I had to rent a Georgia buggy to carry the concrete one bucket at a time to the patio. It took us 4 times longer than the other patio and cost a lot more in materials and rentals.