Baby, It’s Cold Outside: Tips for Placing Cold Weather Concrete

Mixer truck discharging in pump truck on a cold day.

Baby, its cold outside! Just like hot weather, cold weather effects the setting characteristics and strength of concrete, too. Once average daily temperatures fall below 40 degrees more than three days in a row, contractors and suppliers should start taking the necessary precautions to prevent a placement from being affected. There are ACI guidelines specifying…

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Overheated: How to Prevent Heat-Related Illnesses

Sunrise behind Knights Redi-Mix Truck

As much as we love summer at Knight’s Companies, we must admit there are some drawbacks to the season. Along with more business activity comes oppressive heat and humidity, which puts workers at risk for heat-related illnesses. The human body can only handle so much, and once it can no longer regulate its temperature, heat…

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Rained Out: How to Place Concrete Exposed to Rain

Knight's mixer truck receives load from a batch plant on a stormy day

When the clouds come rolling in, it’s never a good day for a ready-mix concrete supplier or construction crew. Inclement weather often results in changes to the dispatch schedule or outright cancelled orders, and sometimes just the threat of rain can postpone projects for weeks. “The contractor is responsible for looking at what the potential…

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Burning Up: How to Handle Placing Concrete in Hot Weather

Large slab pour at Palmetto Christian Academy

As summer begins, daily temperatures are on the rise, which can cause difficulties when placing and finishing concrete at job sites. Temperatures above 80 degrees mean a faster setting time, the potential for more crazing and plastic shrinkage cracking, slump loss, increased water demand and strength loss for the final product. However, there are simple…

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Knight’s Companies Adds Concrete Pumping Division to Services Offered

Press Release dated August 6, 2019 Knight’s Companies of Summerville, South Carolina, now offers concrete pumping services in the Lowcountry and Midlands with its new pumping division.  Gregory Bates joined Knight’s Companies to head the new division in April, 2019. As the operations manager, Mr. Bates oversees drivers, ensures trucks are properly maintained, and coordinates…

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How to Safely Pour Concrete Near Existing Utilities

Pouring concrete around utilities

As a leading concrete supplier in Columbia, South Carolina, we are proud to offer excellent concrete products to construction sites in and around Columbia and Charleston. Not only do we deliver top-notch products to our customers, but we also want to help guide them to success on all of their commercial construction projects. One of…

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