Quickrete vs Mixing Cement/Sand yourself

by nathan
(houston, tx)

In your directions you recommend making your own concrete mix (cement and sand). Can you use Quickrete Redimix instead??

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Thanks Richard for the added comment
by: David

Thanks for the tip!!

It really helps people out when they can get info from an expert in the field.

Take care,

David

redi-mix pros and cons
by: Richard

Redi-Mix is ok to use in laying flagstone. You want to use the mortar mix without the gravel. Just add water. Some installers add a little portland cement for strength.

Some installers will mix their own...masonry sand..portland cement. Some add lime..

Richard
337-287-4550
Calcasieu Stone & More LLC

My dad prefers mixing
by: David

Dear Nathan,

My dad prefers spending a little more and mixing it himself because of the fear of efflorescence.

If you use cheaper quality concrete, they tend to have too much lime in them. That lime could come out as white blotches (efflorescence) when the stone and concrete get wet.

I can't comment on redimix, because we've never used it. If you do use it, check with other people who have to make sure that they had a good experience.

Great luck with your project!!

David

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