What can I use instead of Sonotubes?

Pro Post Foundations screw piles in return, should be considered as your best alternative to concrete sonotubes.

How deep do you put Sonotubes?

Working with Sonotube Builder’s Tube

The one-of-a-kind Sonotube Builder’s Tube concrete form is designed for below ground-line concrete placement, but can be used up to 3 feet above ground line for extra support. Minimal bracing is required above 2 feet of ground line.

How many 80lb bags of concrete to fill a 12 sonotube?

and 80 lbs. A 12 inch sonotube requires 1.74 60 lbs. or 1.31 80 lbs. bags of concrete to fill it one foot.

Do you put rebar in Sonotube?

We usually recommend that a minimum of two pieces of #4 rebar be placed vertically in an 8-inch-diameter concrete pier supporting a structure. A larger-diameter pier should have four or more pieces of vertical rebar.

Can you backfill Sonotubes before pouring concrete?

You can, as you pour your concrete, fill the hole to sonotube level, and add sand or gravel around the outside of the sonotube as you fill it with concrete, that’ll keep it from flowing up around the tube.

Can you leave concrete form tubes in the ground?

Each tube is 4′ (122cm) long and can easily be cut to length using ordinary power tools. They can be left in place or stripped away after the concrete has cured for 24 hours. For the easiest removal and the smoothest concrete finish, apply a release agent to the inside of the forms.

How many bags of cement do I need for Sonotubes?

Concrete Mixes

# of bags required per:25 kg 
8″ x 4′ tube3.28″ x 8′ tube
10″ x 4′ tube5.110″ x 8′ tube
12″ x 4′ tube7.312″ x 8′ tube

Can you pour concrete around sonotube?

Pouring around the sonotube is a bad idea and you won’t have any structural connection between the footing and the pier. The tube needs to be suspended and braced above the footing and rebar installed to connect the pier and footing. If the tube is embedded into the footing a couple of inches it is no big deal.

How do you anchor a sonotube?

Finishing sonotube with 6×6 bracket for deck

How do I know what size sonotube to get?

The rule-of-thumb is to use a tube diameter 3 times the post width, therefore use a 12” diameter Sonotube for a 4×4” post.

What size sonotube for shed?

The decision as to whether to go for 10 or 12 inch diameter tubes will depend on the ground conditions where you intend to build your shed. If your site is on sandy or gravelly ground then 10” diameter would likely be sufficient, for a more clay soil then 12” diameter would more likely be adopted.

What is the yield of an 80 lb bag of concrete?

One 80lbs bag of Quikrete Concrete Mix will yield approximately . 60 cu ft. So it will take 45 bag to equal one cubic yard of concrete. If you have a project over a 1/2 a cubic yard you should consider our Mix On-site Concrete especially if you are hand mixing.

How much concrete do I need for a 4 foot sonotube?

Sono Tube Calculator

Based on the fixed diameter and depth (or height) of the sono tubes for a project, our customers can get an accurate calculation of the amount of ready-mix concrete needed to fill that sono tube. For example, a sono tube with a 10″ diameter and a 4′ depth requires 0.08 cubic yards of concrete.

How long should concrete cure before removing forms?

After pouring and finishing the slab, you should wait 24-48 hours before removing concrete forms. You can remove the formwork once the concrete has enough strength to keep it from cracking. Concrete naturally contracts as it cures, so it should pull away from the forms and make them easier to remove.

How deep do concrete piers need to be?

Piers can be square, rectangular, or circular, and diameter of piers is usually 6, 8, 10, or 16 inches. The depth of pier foundation is below the freezing depth, usually around five to six feet.

Can you pour concrete straight on dirt?

Long story short, yes you can pour concrete over dirt.

How do you cut a Sonotube straight?

Straight Cuts on Cardboard Concrete Forms

Can I put another layer of concrete over 1 day old concrete?

If you pour a new layer over concrete right on top of the old one, you won’t get proper adhesion. You must properly prepare your concrete slab and then apply a chemical bonding agent on top of it so your new concrete adheres properly.

Can you pour concrete directly on top of grass?

Technically you can, but you really shouldn’t pour concrete over grass. To maintain its tensile strength, concrete needs to be laid on a firm, even, and dry foundation. Grass and soil will naturally channel moisture into the concrete from below, which will likely result in it cracking over time.

How far can you drop concrete without it segregation?

Detailed Solution. Explanation: As per clause 13.2 of IS 456: 2000, the maximum permissible free fall of concrete to avoid segregation may be taken as 1.5 m or 150 cm.

Can you reuse concrete form tubes?

“Each Form-A-Tube piece has unique ribbing that can be placed inside the form and left in place, creating an attractive and almost impermeable outer shell. Or the tube can be placed on the outside so once the concrete filling has hardened, the pieces can be removed – and reused.”

Are Sonotubes strong?

Commercial Sonotubes®

They are made of material that is tear resistant with superior strength and capable of withstanding pressures up to 20 feet. The superior strength commercial Sonotubes® is the result of a poly woven exterior shaped for the requirements of commercial grade applications.

How do you mix Sonotubes for concrete?

Deck Footing How-To Video: Featuring SAKRETE Concrete Mix

Are concrete tube forms necessary?

1. Concrete forms are necessary to ensure that the concrete sets properly during a construction project. Concrete is used regularly in construction projects. For example, it can be poured to create supports for a fence or gate or as a foundation for a new shed.

Can you pour footings and slab at the same time?

Monolithic slabs combine the foundation footings and slab into one piece, allowing them to both be poured at the same time and cut back your time and monetary investment.

How deep do concrete footings need to be for a deck?

Footing must be dug down into undisturbed soil and to a minimum depth of 12-in below the finished grade.

Can you use Sonotubes for fence posts?

Posts in Form Tubes (Sonotubes)

2.1 – Dig post holes 10″ to 12″ in diameter and 3′ 6″ to 4′ deep. 2.2 – Pour a 6″ layer of 0-¾ crushed stone into the bottom of each hole and compact. 2.3 – Insert the form tube (sonotube). 2.4 – Use wood supports to secure the tube in position.

What size footings do I need for a 6×6 post?

3. FOOTINGS: – Poured concrete footings should be a minimum of 8” wider than the posts (4×4 post – 12” min. width, 6×6 post – 14” min. width), a two level deck or deck with roof – 24”x24”.

How deep should J bolts be in concrete?

The concrete pour around the J-bolt assembly should be a minimum of 12” across the top in any direction and a minimum of 18” deep.

Can you put anchor bolts in wet concrete?

In wet set anchoring, the anchor bolts are sunk into the wet concrete by hand immediately after the concrete slab is poured. The bolt is left sticking out of the slab as needed and can be straightened or plumbed as the concrete hardens.

Are concrete tube forms necessary?

1. Concrete forms are necessary to ensure that the concrete sets properly during a construction project. Concrete is used regularly in construction projects. For example, it can be poured to create supports for a fence or gate or as a foundation for a new shed.

Do I need to use a sonotube?

I also agree that you don’t need the sonotube. For what you’re doing it will only weaken the lateral strength. If your local soil keeps collapsing into the hole a sonotube would help with that. Also, you can use a foot of sonotube to just make what you’re doing look neater.

Do sono tubes need footings?

Footings are essential when there is difficulty with the supporting soil. Since the concrete column will rest partially in the ground, it is important that the bottom or base of the hole be level. Water cannot be present in the hole since it will interfere with the placement of the Sonotube®.

How deep do Sonotubes need to be for a shed?

Dig down to the frost line before pouring the concrete. Frost lines vary depending on your region. Start by assuming you want a 10-inch diameter Sonotube that is about 3 feet deep.