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Sand and Gravel
Dahle's Red-E-Mix has portable crushers to move to a particular location when necessary. We do custom crushing as well as stock many aggregate products including driveway material, drain field rock, and various materials suitable for landscaping.
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Concrete is the most widely used construction material in the world as well as one of the most durable building materials available. Concrete's long life and relatively low maintenance requirements increase its economic benefits. Concrete is not as likely to corrode or decay as other building materials and has the ability to be molded or cast into almost any desired shape. Concrete’s thermal mass properties can help to increase energy efficiency. Concrete can be colored and textured to transform a room, driveway, or patio from plain to spectacular. Concrete, when properly placed and cured, can provide years of service and enjoyment to enhance our lives and our communities.
Precast concrete septic tanks have been the accepted standard for over 60 years worldwide.
We also sell septic tank sealers! Your installer will know which tank you need.
Sand and Gravel
5 Bag Concrete (3000 PSI)
5 1/2 Bag Concrete (3500 PSI)
6 Bag Concrete (4000 PSI)
Used for footings, stem walls, and interior slabs.
Mostly used for slabs and walls.
6 1/2 Bag Concrete (4500 PSI)
5 1/2 Bag ICF Grout Mix (3000 PSI)
Used for slabs to create a creamier finish and added strength.
Used for Insulated Concrete Forms. Batched with smaller aggregate
6 Bag ICF Grout Mix (3500 PSI)
Used for Insulated Concrete Forms. Batched with smaller aggregate.
Dahle's provides concrete admixtures to enhance the properties of concrete including superplasticizers, hydration stabilizers, waterproofing, air entrainment, fibermesh, accelerators, etc.
Dahle's has worked on several projects providing specialty concrete including lightweight concrete, internally cured concrete, ASR mitigated concrete and shotcrete.
Coloring your Concrete
Colored and stamped concrete can increase the value of your property by enhancing the appearance of entryways, decks, and patios. Not only can you add exciting colors and finishes to new concrete additions, there is an increasing amount of color products available to transform existing “basic” concrete with a beautiful fresh look.
Concrete stamping creates permanent patterns such as London Cobblestone, Mexican Tile and Ashler Slate in your concrete. It can be hard to tell the difference between real stone and stamped concrete!
*Concrete Stamps are large rubber mats that are applied to the surface of the concrete just before it sets up to create a textured surface. Many contractors in town have stamps, and you can also rent them.
*Dahle's has WAQTC/ACI certified concrete technicians who continually test our concrete for quality and consistency.
Used for exterior slabs, and curbing.
Q: How much gravel do I need for my project?
A: Gravel is sold by the cubic yard. To determine this, measure the length, width and depth of the area that you would like the gravel or sand for. With this information we can then figure out how many yards of material you will need for your project. You can also use the following formula:
Length in feet x width in feet x depth in feet divided by 27. (There are 27 cubic feet in 1 cubic yard.)
Example: Project is: 10' x 30' x 4"(deep)
10' x 30' x .33' = 99.9
99.9 ÷ 27 = 3.7 cubic yards
Q: How much concrete do I need for my project?
A: Concrete is sold in Cubic Yards. You can use the same formula as shown above for gravel to figure how many cubic yards you will need for your concrete project.
Q: Can I pick up sand or gravel with my truck or trailer?
A: We are happy to load your vehicle up to its stated weight limits. For safety reasons you will need to make sure your truck is not overloaded when picking up aggregates from our plant. We can load your truck in 1/4 yard increments.
Q: Can I get sand or gravel delivered to my home?
A: We would be happy to deliver sand or gravel to your home. Our regular dump trucks can carry up to a 12 yard load and our end dump can haul up to 22 yards. Call our office and we can set up a time that would be convenient for you to deliver the type of material that you need.
Q: Can the trucks dump and spread the gravel?
A: Whether you would like it dumped in a pile or spread in an area just let our driver know and they will do their best to accommodate your request. Please be aware of any power lines or trees in the area and communicate this to our driver.
Q: Do you have sand for a sandbox?
A: Yes! Our washed mason sand is great for sandboxes.
Q: Are you open on Saturdays?
A: Yes, during the summer months we are open from 8AM to 12 noon.
Q: What makes good concrete?
A: Good quality concrete is dependent on many factors including the correct proportion of ingredients, placement, and curing.
Ingredients: The basic ingredients used in concrete consist of rock, sand, water, and cement. When water is added to cement a paste is formed. This paste needs to adhere to the surface of each rock and sand particle in order to create strength. Making sure that the rock and sand is washed clean will ensure that the cement paste adheres to each particle. The size of the rock and sand used affects the concrete workability and the strength of the concrete. The type of aggregate (rock and sand) used also makes a difference in strength. Hard durable aggregates are critical to obtaining high quality long-lasting concrete. Adding the right amount of water is important to the strength of the concrete also. Too much water can thin down the cement paste and cause concrete to be weaker.
Placement: It is imperative that the ground underneath the concrete is free of materials that can swell such as clay or bentonite. If these materials are not removed prior to placement, the concrete may crack or break due to pressures caused by swelling. It is also important to make sure that the ground underneath the concrete is compacted well. If the ground settles after placement, the concrete can crack or break from lack of support. Concrete slabs often have rebar placed in them to help reduce the possibility of pressures breaking the concrete. Fibermesh is also used to help reduce plastic shrinkage cracking (fine cracks that can form during the curing process) and add residual strength to the surface of the concrete. Cutting or scoring a large concrete slab into 10’ x 10’ sections will help control cracking along the cut rather than allowing cracking to wander throughout the slab.
Curing: Concrete that is placed during hot dry weather needs to be kept moist during the curing process to help keep the surface from drying out too quickly. Concrete that is placed during cold weather needs to be covered and sometimes heated depending on how cold the temperature is to make sure that it will not freeze. There are many products available to help aid in the curing process to ensure the concrete cures properly resulting in a beautiful durable finish. Many factors determine the rate at which the concrete will cure such as moisture in the ground, outside temperatures, wind, shade vs. direct sunlight, amount of concrete poured, etc… Finding an experienced concrete finisher to help with your project will help to ensure that your concrete is placed and cured properly.
The above information provides basic knowledge regarding concrete mixing, placement, and curing and does not cover all aspects related to these subjects. Information that is more detailed and technical may be found in other sources.
Q: What are "Admixtures"?
A: Admixtures are materials other than cement, rock, sand, and water that are added to a concrete mix to help with the performance of the concrete. Some admixtures have been around for a very long time, others are more recent. The chemistry of concrete admixtures is a complex topic requiring in-depth knowledge and experience. Common admixtures include accelerating admixtures, retarding admixtures, fly ash, air-entraining admixtures, water-reducing admixtures, and fibers. Admixtures can make concrete stronger, crack resistant, more durable, or waterproof. With admixtures, you can have more control over your concrete.
Voyd Dahle served in World War ll as a Seabee, running heavy equipment to build airbases in the Pacific. With his experience gained running bulldozers and excavators, as well as the $2400 he had saved from his paychecks while serving in the war, he decided to start an excavating business with his two brothers, Charlie and Norman. As veterans, Voyd and Norman were able to purchase half-tracks and scout cars at reduced cost from the army surplus in Salt Lake City. Voyd envisioned mounting a 1940s style backhoe onto a half-track to increase its stability and efficiency. The concept worked wonderfully, and the new backhoe was soon put to work cleaning ditches and excavating dirt. It wasn't long until they ventured into the sand and gravel business. In this undertaking, they used the backhoe to feed a homemade trammel; it proved successful in making washed sand and gravel.
In the early 1950s, the Cobalt Mine started up, and in order to help with the project, the Dahle brothers took out a loan to purchase another backhoe. Voyd took his backhoe to Cobalt and met the project manager, who wanted to see if Voyd was a good enough operator to do the job. After just a few minutes of digging, the project manager promptly said, “You're hired.” He then turned around and left Voyd to do his work without further supervision. It took several years to complete the digging of the water lines for the Cobalt town site.
Being in business with family members can sometimes be difficult. Eventually Voyd, Norman, and Charlie decided to go their separate ways. Charlie started a well-drilling business, Norman took one of the backhoes and continued the excavating business, and Voyd decided to get into the ready-mix concrete business. In 1957, Voyd borrowed $20,000 and purchased a new 7 yard mixer truck for $14,000 and a batch plant for $6,000, considerable sums of money for their time. He called his business Dahle's Red-E-Mix.
At the age of 10 years old, Lynn Dahle started to help by operating an Allis Chalmers HD-5 one-yard track loader. He left for college in 1959 and attended BYU in Provo Utah. Because of some health issues, Voyd approached Lynn in 1972, wanting to know if he would return and take over the business. Lynn and his wife, Diane, moved back to Salmon in 1973 to start a new life's journey at Dahle's Red-E-Mix.
Lynn continued to expand and grow the business and was soon able to purchase a new mixer truck and a 930 CAT loader. In 1989, it was decided that a portable crusher plant would help diversify the business and bring more efficiency to the production of concrete rock and sand. This opened opportunities to crush aggregate for distant road projects.Lynn and Diane's son and daughter, Marc and Alisa, purchased Dahle’s Red-E-Mix, Inc. in 2007, becoming the third generation of Dahles to own the business. Marc loved to work alongside his Grandpa Voyd and his dad, becoming a constant shadow. At the age of 15, he drove the business's cement bulker solo to Idaho Falls, a 320 mile round trip, to pick up bulk powder cement. He was a natural-born mechanic and equipment operator. In 1989, Marc graduated from
high school and moved to Boise Idaho, where he worked for a sand and gravel business as a loader operator. In 1991, Marc came back to Salmon to help run Dahle’s Red-E-Mix. Marc now manages the concrete and crushing end of the business and is also the main mechanic.
Alisa graduated from high school in 1991 and the next year went to college, majoring in architecture and design. In 1994, Alisa came back to Salmon and started to help manage the office. She enjoys serving customers and trying to help things to run smoothly. She is now a co-owner of Dahle's Red-E-Mix and is involved in almost every aspect of the business. She manages the office, coordinates safety meetings, and proficiently keeps track of the books, finances, and scheduling.
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522 River Street
Salmon, ID 83467
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