Concrete is available from several manufacturers in bagged ready-mix form. Ready-mix concrete consists of Portland cement and aggregates like small pebbles and sand, and you must mix it with water before application. Mixing a 50 lb. bag of concrete requires only a few basic materials. A wheelbarrow is the ideal spot for concrete mixing on a small scale, as it contains all the materials and mess in one spot and makes your mixed concrete mobile around the job site.
Things You'll Need
- Concrete mix
- Work gloves
- Eye protection
Put on gloves and eye protection. Pour the bag of ready-mix concrete into the wheelbarrow or onto an alternative mixing surface.
Add the appropriate amount of water to the concrete ready-mix. The amount of water required can vary greatly from one brand and type of ready-mix concrete to the next. Follow the instructions on your ready-mix packaging and add the recommended amount of water. Turn the concrete and water over with your shovel until they blend together. Continue mixing until you achieve a thick and pliable consistency.
Add more water if the concrete is too dry to be workable. Blend the water and ready-mix thoroughly before adding additional water to avoid over-saturating, which can result in a runny and unworkable consistency.