You might have decided to finally add concrete to a project that you have been working on. You go to the hardware store and buy a bag of ready-mix concrete. However, you're not entirely sure how to mix it so that the process goes as smoothly as possible. Here are some tips that you can follow, along with the instructions of the particular brand of concrete that you have bought, to make sure that your home improvement project can be finished as easily as possible.
1. Set Up Your Area
You can mix concrete in a bucket, a tub, or a wheelbarrow. The easiest thing that you can do is mix it in a wheelbarrow because you will be able to maneuver the concrete around more easily and pour it with slightly more accuracy. If you don't feel like buying a wheelbarrow for this particular home improvement project, however, it is not strictly necessary.
Once you decide what you are going to use, set that object on a hard, flat surface. You want to make sure that you don't accidentally tip out the concrete anywhere. Finally, put the bucket or other mixing container against a surface that you can brace it against. If you are mixing from the side, you are going to be potentially moving the mixing container around. By putting it against a wall, you can make sure that you won't accidentally tip it over.
2. Use a Hoe to Make Sure the Concrete Is the Right Consistency
When you have been mixing for awhile, you might wonder if you have the right consistency or when you are done. To figure this out, take a gardening hoe and drag it through the concrete. If the concrete is still crumbling from the walls of the mixing container you have chosen, then you need to add more water. Add the water slowly and make sure that you mix in between each cup or so.
If the trench that you dig with the hoe is immediately filled by the concrete, then you need to add more of the concrete mixture. Add it in small handfuls and mix between each one.
If you dig a trench and the concrete doesn't immediately fill it and the concrete is not flaking off, then you have a good consistency.
For more information, talk to a company that specializes in ready mix concrete, such as New Interstate Concrete. They will be able to make sure that you are mixing it to the correct consistency.