The Contractor's Guide to Quality Concrete Construction - Third Edition - Book & MP3

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Written by and for contractors, this publication provides insight into proven construction practices that will produce quality concrete construction. Contents include organizing for quality, concrete mixture designs, specifications, foundations, formwork, reinforcement and embedments in structures, joints and reinforcement for slabs-on-ground, preparing for concreting, concrete placing and finishing, common field problems, and safety. The guide can be used as a training manual or as a basic reference for field and office.

This publication is a required or suggested reference document for contractor licensing programs in Alabama, Hawaii, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, North Carolina, Nevada, South Carolina, Tennessee, and West Virginia.

Published jointly by ACI and ASCC.

Keywords: Contractors


Document Details

Publication Year: 2009

Formats: Printed Document

This document is Historical

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Organizing for Quality

Quality Control

Record Keeping

Contract Documents

Quality and Profit

The Construction Team

Recommended Reading

Chapter 2: The Concrete Mix

- Control Tests

Sampling (ASTM 172)

Slump (ASTM C 143)

Air Content (ASTM C 231 and C 173)

Compressive Strength Tests

(ASTM C 31 and C 39)

Density (Unit Weight) and Yield

(ASTM C 138)


Project Specifications for Cement

Portland Cement Manufacture

Basic Types of Portland Cement

-Other Cementitious Materials

Fly Ash

Microsilica (Silica Fume)

Granulated Slag

-Mixing Water

-Water-Cementitious Material Ratio



Water Reducers

High-Range Water Reducers



Water-Reducing Retarders

Water-Reducing Accelerators

Air-Entraining Agents

Other Admixtures

-Concrete Mix Design

The Right Mix for the Job

Free Moisture in the Aggregates (Table 2.5)

Water Reducer (Table 2.4, Mix #2)

Fly Ash (Table 2.4, Mix #3)

Adjusting for Air Entrainment

-Water Addition at the Jobsite

-Set Time

Chapter 3: The Concrete Specification

-Sources for Concrete Specifications

-Specification Categories

Prescriptive, Performance, Hybrid

-Items to Confirm in the Specification


Early Strength Requirements

Flexural Strength

Water-Cementitious Material Ratio

Minimum Cement Content


Air Entrainment

Chemical Admixtures

Delivery Time for Ready-Mixed Concrete

Temperature of Concrete—Hot and

Cold Weather Concreting

Determining the Most Rigid Criteria

of the Concrete Specification

Chapter 4: Foundations

-The Ground Below

-Bearing Capacity

-Geotechnical Investigations


-Basic Foundation Types

Wall Footings

Independent Isolated Column Footings

Combined Footings

Cantilever or Strap Footings

Pile or Pier Foundations

Mat, Raft, or Floating Foundation

-Groundwater Control

-Footing Forms

-Moisture Control


Chapter 5: Formwork

-Safety Precautions

-Formwork Affects Concrete Quality

-Types of Forms

Job-Built Forms

Prefabricated Forms

Manufactured Forms

Special Form Systems

-Form Material and Hardware

Form Liners

-Design of Forms

-Placing Concrete in the Forms

Maintenance of Forms

Form Release Agents


-Cost of Formwork

-Form Removal

Measuring Concrete Strength

for Form Removal

Time as a Measure of Strength

for Form Removal

-Shoring and Reshoring

-Formwork for Slabs on Ground

-Want to Know More?

Chapter 6: Reinforcement in Structures

-Why Use Steel Reinforcement?

-Engineering and Placing Drawings

-Types of Reinforcement

Bar Identification

Welded Wire Reinforcement

Other Types of Reinforced Concrete

-Reinforcing Bar Fabrication

Fabrication Tolerances

Bundling and Tagging

-Storing and Handling Reinforcing

-Bars on the Job

-Concrete Cover

-Tolerances in Placing Steel Reinforcement

-Placing of Reinforcement

-Bar Supports and Spacers

-Splicing Reinforcing Steel


-Want to Know More?

Chapter 7: Joints and Embedments in Structures

-Types of Joints

-Construction Joints for Supported

-Beams and Slabs

-Contraction Joints for Walls

-Isolation Joints for Walls

-Construction Joints in Walls

Horizontal Construction Joints

Vertical Construction Joints


-Embedments—Conduits, Pipes, and Sleeves

-Embedments—Anchor Bolts, Sleeves,

-Metal Plates, and Channels


-Points to Remember

Chapter 8: Joints and Reinforcement for Slabs-on-Ground

-Volume Changes

-Contraction (Control) Joints

Contraction Joint Spacing

Special Contraction Joint Placement

-Construction Joints

-Isolation Joints (Expansion Joints)

-Warping Joints

-Reinforcement in a Concrete Slab

Welded Wire Reinforcement


Tie Bars

Fiber Reinforcement

Chapter 9: Preparing for Concreting

-Contractor/Ready-Mixed Concrete

-Producer Cooperation

The Concrete Mix

Ordering Responsibility

Testing Program

Water Addition at the Jobsite

-Preconstruction Conference

Some Preconstruction Conference

Agenda Items

-Jobsite Preparation

-A Checklist for Major Projects

Chapter 10: Concrete Placement and Finishing

-Depositing Concrete from the Ready-Mix Truck

-Buggying Concrete

-Belt Conveyors

-Bucket Placement

-Pumping Concrete

-Pumping Lightweight Concrete

-Consolidation during Placement


Vibratory Screeds

-Finishing a Slab-on-Ground

Surface Finishes

-Controlling Placement

-Hot-Weather Placement

-Cold-Weather Placement

-Floor Surface Finish Tolerances

-Curing to maintain proper moisture content

-Recommended Reading

Chapter 11: Common Field Problems —

-Cause and Prevention

Fresh Concrete

Excessive Bleeding

Segregation and Poor Consolidation

Hard-to-Finish Mixes

Setting Time and Early Strength Gain

Plastic Shrinkage Cracks

-Hardened Concrete

Shrinkage Cracks

Isolation Joints

Crazing (Hairline Cracking,

Surface Checking)

Dusting Floors


Slab Curling

Surface Scaling


Sand Streaking

Surface Voids (Bugholes)

Reported Low Cylinder Strengths

Evaluating Cylinder Test Results


-Checklist of Common Field Problems;

-Causes and Prevention

Conversion Factors—

U.S. Customary to SI (Metric)


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