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Mixing Concrete – Hand Mixing
QUIKRETE concrete mixes can be successfully mixed by hand or machine mixed. For smaller projects, hand mixing is often the best method.
When working with cement-based products, always wear eye protection and waterproof gloves.
Empty the mix into a mortar tub or wheelbarrow and form a depression in the middle of the mix.
Measure the recommended water amount (each 80-pound bag of concrete mix will require about 3 quarts of water).
Pour approximately 2/3 of the water into the depression. If using liquid cement color, add to the mixing water.
Work the mix with a hoe, gradually adding water, until the mix reaches a uniform, workable consistency. Properly mixed concrete should look like thick oatmeal and should hold its shape when it is squeezed in a gloved hand.
NOTE: the more water that is added to the mix the weaker it becomes; adding one extra quart of water per 80 lb bag can reduce the strength of the concrete by up to 40%.
- 80 lb QUIKRETE Crack Resistant Concrete Mix
80 lb QUIKRETE Concrete Mix
80 lb QUIKRETE 5000 Concrete Mix
- 10oz QUIKRETE Liquid Cement Color (optional)
- Plastic mixing tub
- Mixing hoe
- Measuring Pail
- 5-gallon bucket
- Safety glasses