If you have a small patio or concrete project to pour, here is how to make concrete.
Make sure that you are ready to pour before you make the concrete, as you do not want the concrete to dry out and get old.
Also be sure that you have prepared the ground, set-up your concrete forms, compacted the fill and made the final grade, and installed concrete reinforcement and concrete expansion joints.
For clarification, concrete is a combination of gravel, sand, portland cement, and water. Many call concrete "cement" but cement is just one ingredient in concrete. You would not want to pour your patio with only cement.
Choose one of these two "recipes" to make your own concrete:
1. How to Make Concrete Using Pre-mixed Bags - Easier than making yourself as the dry ingredients are pre-mixed for you. Calculate how much you will need.
Directions: Follow the step-by-step directions on the bag. Mix the concrete and water with your shovel in the wheelbarrow.
2. How to Make Concrete Using Raw Materials
Mix all of the dry ingredients in your wheelbarrow. Approximately half of your mix will be the coarse aggregate gravel. 1/3 of the mix should be fine aggregate sand and 1/6 of the mix should be the cement. Mix enough water to make a smooth consistency. There should not be any lumps.
**The less water you can use the better. If the concrete mix gets too wet, you will compromise the strength of the concrete.**
Additives - If you would like any of these additives in your concrete mix, look for pre-mixed bags with these additives. Sometimes the bag of the portland cement that you purchase will have additives. You will not find fiber mesh in the premixed bags or the portland cement. You will need to add this yourself. Here are several additives that may be needed depending upon your situation:
If your project is too large (over 100 sq feet), or you want the convenience of having the concrete ready-mixed for you, then you will need to order your concrete from a ready-mix supplier.
The next step in pouring your own concrete patio is to pour the concrete.
If you live in the Minneapolis and surrounding suburbs area and would like an estimate on your next concrete project, request a quote:
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