How do I Pour Fast-Set Concrete in Cold Weather?


Fast-set concrete is great for projects that require a strong hold or base and that need to dry quickly. Fast-set concrete can be used for anchoring bases, grout on tile floors and even for repairing broken and cracked cement. Using hot water to mix the fast-set concrete in cold weather will keep the concrete temperature between 50 and 90 degrees, which is ideal for pouring. Clean the area before pouring the fast-set concrete.

Things You'll Need

  • Fast-set concrete mix
  • Manual concrete mixer
  • Hot water
  • Shovel
  • Rubber gloves
  • Concrete finishing trowel
  • Mix the specified amount of fast-set concrete and hot water in a manual concrete mixer. Turn the winch of the mixer to mix the hot water and concrete. Continue mixing for at least three minutes until the mixture has formed a thick paste.

  • Clear any debris from your project area.

  • Use a shovel to scoop the concrete mixture from the mixer. Evenly distribute the fast-set concrete mixture over or in the area of your project.

  • Flatten the concrete using the bottom of the shovel to level the concrete. If you are using the concrete to fill or repair a crack or hole, completely fill it. Wipe the surface area flat with a concrete finishing trowel.

  • Allow the concrete to sit and cure overnight.

Tips & Warnings

  • Use a pair of rubber gloves and old clothes when working with fast-set concrete mix.

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