How to Hand Mix QUIKRETE® Concrete
Hand mixing and coloring concrete for small concrete projects around your house
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 mixes, always wear rubber gloves and safety glasses during concrete mixing and placing procedures. Hand-mixing can be done in a plastic mortar tub or wheelbarrow with a shovel or hoe. When hand-mixing concrete, empty the mix into a mortar tub
or wheelbarrow, and then form a depression in the middle of the mix. Measure the recommended water amount. Each 80 lb. bag of concrete mix will require about 3 quarts of water. Pour approximately 2/3 of the water into the depression. Work the mix with a hoe, gradually adding water, until the mix reaches a uniform, workable consistency. When mixing concrete, it is important to know: the more water that
is added to the mix, the weaker it becomes. Adding 1 extra quart of water, per 80 lb. bag, can reduce the strength of concrete by up to 40%. Properly mixed concrete should look like thick oatmeal and should hold its shape, when it is squeezed in a gloved hand. Adding Liquid Cement Color to a standard gray concrete mix can turn it into a decorative concrete with professional results.
One 10 oz. bottle of QUIKRETE Liquid Cement Color will color up to two bags of 60 or 80 lb. concrete mix. To achieve a consistent color, mix the Liquid Cement Color into the mixing water, before adding it to the mix. Using the same water-to-color ratio will help maintain color uniformity from batch to...
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