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Pumping concrete requires expertise and the right machinery

Pouring a foundation or a concrete floor requires a lot of knowledge, a bit of manpower, and the right equipment for the job.

That’s especially true in Muskoka, where access to the job site is often an enormous challenge. That’s where a boom pump truck or line pumping equipment is essential, allowing the concrete truck to park as much as 350 feet away from the building.

With footings and foundations, a boom pump is often used for the perfect pour, explains Matt West of North Country Contracting.

Relatively easy for experts to handle, the boom truck pumps out the material through a maneuverable hose hanging above the targeted area. A person can walk around the site holding and moving the hose on their own.

The hydraulic steel boom pumps provide precise, consistent, and efficient concrete placement.

“Nine times out of ten, if it’s not a floor, people are going to request the boom pump,” explains Matt. “It’s easy to manage, and it’s just about holding and walking the pump around the area for the footings and foundation.”

As founder and owner, Matt has been at the helm of North Country Contracting since 2011, but his experience in the stone and concrete industry spans over two decades. They began offering line pumping and boom pumping services in the last few years to both their own clients and fellow contractors.

“Our experienced and professional operators ensure the equipment is run smoothly so the job is done right,” says Matt. “When someone rents the equipment, we include a staff member who will operate the pump.”

Line Pumping
While boom pumps are ideal for their ease of use, line pumping is the method of choice in certain situations: specifically horizontal pours and hard-to-reach locations.

Line pumping is ideal, for example, if you are pouring concrete at your dock and the pump truck can’t reach the location. It’s also excellent for pouring floors inside garages, homes, or cottages.

“We can use a hose of up to 350 feet in length to get the concrete where you need it,” says Matt. “It’s a huge advantage when navigating the naturally occurring terrain around Muskoka. Line pumps are mostly used to do floors – though they can do hard-to-reach footings and foundations as well.”

It takes a bit more manpower to run the line pump than a boom pump – though both still require an operator at the main pump – because there is more work to be done moving a line around the job site.

Whatever the project – be it foundations, footings, or floors – the team at North Country Contracting has the experience and the equipment you need.

TEXT CHRIS OCCHIUZZI
PHOTOS SCOTT TURNBULL

www.NCCNorth.com

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