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The Innovative Mini Pump


Sometimes small is best, and our innovative mini pump is ideal for transferring concrete to areas that are difficult to access, either by a wheelbarrow or a boom pump. Combining robustness with efficiency, the innovative mini pump is both self-sufficient and versatile as it can discharge concrete of S2 consistency and above from ready-mix trucks of all sizes. We developed the innovative Mini Pump to fill the gap between small boom pumps and trailer mounted pumps.

For more information about our mini pump concrete services contact our friendly team on 0117 958 2090

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Restricted Access Concrete Pumping


Does your site have restricted access? This isn’t a problem for the Innovative Concrete Pump! Simply lay the pipes to gain that essential access to those hard-to-reach places. Not only can this concrete pump discharge concrete horizontally, it can also disperse your ready mix concrete vertically too. When affixed to scaffolding, this concrete pump can pump over 100m vertically and 200m horizontally, which demonstrates its performance capabilities.

Worried that your site is too restricted for our experts? We have completed hundreds of Mini Pump concrete projects around the UK to understand your specific needs. Contact us on 0117 958 2090.  

Benefits of the Innovative Mini Pump


As well reaching areas that are of restricted access, hiring a concrete pump like the Innovative Mini Pump is typically more cost-effective solution than hiring one of our larger boom pumps, due to the lower running costs. Like all our other concrete pumps that we provide, it can pump concrete in all weather conditions. Concrete pumping is also one of the cleanest methods of delivering and dispersing concrete, as the pipes ensure there is no spillages or wastage.

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9 Interesting alternative uses for concrete
05th February 2020

Concrete is an incredibly popular building material with a huge range of uses other than constructing buildings (though it is great at that). The concrete specialists at Wright Minimix, one of the South’s leading suppliers of quality ready mixed concrete, share their favourite alternative uses for this versatile material. 

The best alternative uses for concrete

Kitchen countertops – as an incredibly hard-wearing material, concrete makes for excellent kitchen countertops. Don’t worry, it doesn’t have to be all lumpy and bumpy, it can be smoothed and polished to create a unique and attractive finish. 

Fireplaces – a growing choice for modern properties is to have concrete fireplaces. As well as added fire resistance, concrete’s unique texture adds interest and style to any room. 

Tabletops – a tabletop made from polished concrete is a statement piece, ideal for anyone with an eye for alternative design and will certainly provide excellent dinner party conversation. 

Candlesticks – perfect for pairing with your concrete tabletop, candlesticks made from the versatile building material are a fantastic one-of-a-kind accessory for your home.  

Flooring – exposed concrete floors may at first sound unfathomable, but concrete is a practical, highly durable choice for homes that want something a little different. You don’t have to worry about it being chilly on your feet either as concrete screed is the ideal material for underfloor heating installations. 

Staircases – ideal for exposed staircases, concrete provides an attractive contrast to wood or metal frames and you won’t have to worry about wearing carpet away as concrete is so long-lasting. 

Firepits – as concrete is flame resistant, it makes for an excellent material with which to build a firepit, providing you with a warm outdoor spot for chilly summer evenings of cold winter days. 

Flowerpots – concrete flowerpots won’t rot over time, as wooden ones can, and can be decorated with pretty patterns or embellished with ornaments. 

Shelving – ever since grey became one of the most popular colours for decorating our homes, concrete has been used by designers to create modern and stylish items for the home, including concrete shelving. Not only will concrete shelves be on-trend but they’ll last for years and years.

Wright Minimix has an unrivalled reputation for providing the best ready mixed concrete in the South of England and South Wales. So, if you're feeling inspired and need the perfect concrete for your project, don’t hesitate to contact us on 0117 958 2090 and we’ll be happy to help.  

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A Guide to Curing Ready Mix Concrete
06th January 2020

Once ready-mix concrete has been installed to the desired site, it needs time to harden, or ‘cure’, in order to reach its full strength. This means that nothing should be placed on the concrete until it has had time to cure properly or you risk damaging it and threatening its structural integrity. 

How long does ready mix concrete take to cure?

Concrete doesn’t actually ever stop curing as it gets harder and harder as time passes. However, for most ready mixed concrete combinations, it will have cured enough for nearly all purposes within 28 days. It’s important to bear in mind however, that there are a number of different factors that can affect the time it takes for concrete to cure. 

The reason why ready mix concrete gets stronger over time is because of a process called hydration. Hydration refers to the concrete mix retaining its moisture content which then facilitates a chemical rection between water molecules and cement. It is because of this clever chemical process that concrete’s curing time can be affected by adverse weather conditions.

Weather conditions that affect concrete curing time:  

Hot or dry weather – if the weather it too hot or dry, the concrete won’t have enough available moisture to set properly which means it can be prone to cracking. 

Cold and freezing conditions – if possible, avoid pouring concrete in the winter months as exposure to freezing temperatures can have a detrimental effect on the concrete’s strength and, just like when exposed to hot temperatures, it can then be subject to cracks. 

How to protect ready mix concrete

We understand that the ever-changing British weather is out of your control and predictions cannot always be relied upon. If you are caught out by extreme weather therefore, we recommend erecting a shelter over the fresh concrete in order to protect it from the heat or cold and therefore maintaining optimal moisture content. 

With years of experience successfully delivering quality, bespoke ready mix concrete in our fleet of over 45 concrete pumps, including one the UK’s largest and smallest, Wright Minimix is your number one choice for ready mix concrete. To learn more, please don’t hesitate to contact the team today on 0117 958 2090

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4 Tips for preparing for a concrete floor
04th December 2019

Before you receive your order of bespoke ready-mixed concrete from one of the South's leading suppliers, there are a number of thing you need to do to prepare in order to ensure your concrete flooring installation is as smooth and hassle free as possible.

Prepare the ground 

If it’s not poured over a solid base, concrete can crack and crumble, no matter the size of the area. So, in order to ensure the strongest, level concrete surface, you’ll need to prepare the ground first. This involves digging down to the required depth; for foundations or floor slabs, remember to allow enough depth for the subbase, damp-proof membrane and the concrete. Before you begin, ensure all stones, plants and other debris is cleared from the area. 

Lay a subbase and damp-proof membrane 

Once you’ve excavated the site of the pour to the required depth, you’ll need to lay the subbase. It’s important to understand what your concrete will be used for, as the thicker the subbase the heavier the load the concrete will be able to support. If appropriate, you’ll also need to install a damp-proof membrane as this helps protect from rising damp and stops the fresh concrete from drying out too quickly. 

Build a frame to keep the concrete in place 

Next, you’ll need to build a frame in to which you will pour the concrete, so it holds its shape while it sets. The frame is typically made from 25mm thick timber planks that are well supported so they don’t move or fall down while the concrete is poured. Remember, the frame will need to be as thick as the final concrete slab. 

Prepare for the concrete delivery 

The final step is to ready your site for the delivery of the pre-mixed concrete. This not only ensures a smooth transition from pump truck to the pour site but also helps speed up the process, so you reduce the risk of the ready-mixed concrete beginning to cure too early. Preparing the site includes clearing paths for easy access, laying planks or other support on slopes or uneven ground and making sure you have all the manpower and tools you need.

Wright Minimix is a leading supplier of ready-mixed concrete created to your projects’ specific requirements in the South. To learn more about preparing for a concrete pour or to arrange a delivery, please contact us today on 0117 958 2090

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How to install underfloor heating
06th November 2019

Why install underfloor heating?

Installing underfloor heating in your property offers a huge range of benefits. Not only can you walk around during winter without needing to don your fluffy slippers, it is also incredibly cost effective, energy efficient and helps you save space that would otherwise be occupied with radiators or other heating appliances.

Apart from its space-saving benefits, underfloor heating also distributes heat much more effectively throughout a room than other forms of heating, which only heat the air in the immediate vicinity. Installing underfloor heating for yourself can seem daunting, but it doesn’t have to be. We walk you through the process of installing underfloor heating in your property.

Step 1: Preparation

Any type of renovation work requires preparation, and installing underfloor heating is no different. Here is the preparation work that you will need to do first:

  1. Pull up and remove any existing flooring
  2. Ensure that your subfloor is cleared of all debris. This will prevent any damage to the pipes when laid.
  3. In many cases, a damp proof membrane will need to be installed over the subfloor. If you are unsure, it is best to consult an underfloor heating expert like ourselves.
  4. (Wet underfloor heating systems only) A suitable location for the manifold must be chosen. This is the central control hub for your underfloor heating.

Step 2: Lay underfloor heating insulation

The thickness and type of insulation can vary, so we recommend that you consult an expert for advice regarding this step. The insulation layer will be sealed to the edges of the wall to ensure that no liquid screed penetrates through to the subfloor.

Step 3: Install the manifold (Wet underfloor heating systems only)

Before you start laying the pipes of your wet underfloor heating system, you should ensure that your manifold is installed in a suitable place, on a sturdy wall that can tolerate the weight of the unit and connected pipes. The manifold is the connected to the existing water supply.

If you are installing electric underfloor heating, you will require a qualified electrician to connect your underfloor heating to the mains.

Step 4: Lay pipe grips

Now that the foundation is in place, it is time to start laying the pipework. To ensure that your pipes remain fixed in position, you can use a variety of methods to achieve this, like pipe positioning panels or grip rails. Grip rails should be laid out at a 90° to the direction of the piping.

Step 5: Lay pipework

This step will be easier if you have already planned the layout of your pipe network in advance. If you do not have a design to work from, then piping should follow a snakelike pattern at 200mm intervals.

Remember, in a wet underfloor heating system, both ends of the pipework will need to connect back to the manifold.

Step 6: Installing liquid screed

Now that your pipework is ready and everything is properly connected, you can install the liquid screed over the top. Liquid screed is superior to other traditional screeds, as it is specially developed to ensure the best thermal conductivity.

At Wright Minimix, we have developed our own self-levelling Wrightflow liquid screed designed to dry within 48 hours. It also has a reduced risk of cracking and is quick to install whilst offering excellent durability and conductivity.

Step 7: Lay down your flooring

Once the liquid screed is fully cured, you can go about laying down your flooring of choice. Switch on your underfloor heating and relish the feeling of warmth underfoor!

At Wright Minimix, we are your one-stop-shop for all things concrete, including bespoke liquid screed. If you need assistance installing an underfloor heating system, our team are here to help. Get in touch today on 0117 958 2090 to discuss your requirements.

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