The method you use will depend mostly on the size of your project, but also on what tools and equipment are available. For a larger project, like a concrete countertop, you'll have to rent a mixer. For something smaller, the concrete can be mixed in a wheelbarrow. For even smaller projects, under 30 lbs., mixing by hand in a big bucket is perfectly fine.
- Sacked Concrete Mix
- Pigment, Water Reducer, CHENG Pro-Formula or other all-in-one Admixture (optional)
- Concrete Mixer (there is a wide range of mixers out there)
- Particle Mask
- Thick Rubber Gloves
- Calculate the amount of concrete you'll need using a little bit of math or online volume calculators (don't subtract for knockouts).
- Always mix up more concrete than you think you'll need.
- Don't use sacked concrete that has been exposed to moisture and is hard like a rock.
- Always throw out any big clumps in the mix that won't break up when squeezed in your hand.
- If the mix is getting too stiff, agitating it with vibration will help it become fluid again.