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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.

Project Instructions:
When working with cement-based products, always wear eye protection and waterproof gloves.

Step 1: Empty the mix into a mortar tub or wheelbarrow and form a depression in the middle of the mix.

Step 2:
Measure the recommended water amount (each 80-pound bag of concrete mix will require about 3 quarts of water).

Step 3:
Pour approximately 2/3 of the water into the depression. If using liquid cement color, add to the mixing water.

Step 4:
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%.

What is needed for the job
Supplies
  • 80 lb QUIKRETE Crack Resistant Concrete Mix
    or
    80 lb QUIKRETE Concrete Mix
    or
    80 lb QUIKRETE 5000 Concrete Mix
  • 10oz QUIKRETE Liquid Cement Color (optional)
  • Plastic mixing tub
  • Mixing hoe
  • Shovel
  • Measuring Pail
  • 5-gallon bucket
  • Wheelbarrow
  • Gloves
  • Safety glasses
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