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Waterproofing Readymix concrete.

I can sell you an admixture that makes concrete waterproof.

As good as any of the rest out there.

For less money. £15 a m³. Only while stocks last.

I explain a lot more on this page,
and I go into all the science on this discussion web site
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Mixing concrete on site and making it waterproof.
£10 for enough additive to make at least 1m³ of concrete on site. You will be supplied with a measure with your order.

mixing waterproof concrete on site

You will need to make some gauges. I use two buckets for the ballast and a pot for the sharp sand. I cut bags of cement in half with a hand saw. I spill some each time and after 4 bags I have almost enough on the floor for another batch.

A typical batch will be
30 litres of ballast
2 litres of sharp sand
almost half a bag of cement, actually 10.5kgs if you weigh it.
start with 2 litres of water
correct dose of liquid admixture purchase.

You will get instructions and a measure with your liquid admixture.

Add more water very slowly until the concrete flows, but is not runny, in the mixer.

Note. Sand bulks when damp. Therefore you should make a batch based on the numbers above THEN MEASURE HOW MUCH CONCRETE YOU HAVE MADE. It is quite likely to be less than 30 litres. Increase the ballast until your batch makes 30 litres of wet concrete with, ideally, 10.5kgs cement.

Most cement from merchants is a blend of OPC and flyash. Flyash probably won't make an absolutely waterproof concrete. It would be fine for any concrete that doesn't get covered with plasterboard or always has some ventilation, such as a garage floor. Or you could paint a waterproof paint later to prevent vapour.

Ideally you will buy pure OPC in bags, CEM 1. You probably have to buy a full pallet to get CEM 1.

Mixing concrete by hand is very expensive compared to full loads of readymix. You should probably only mix by hand where readymix would be too much at once unless you paid a lot extra for a small delivery or extra time on site.

Wash the mixer every hour so that it is easy to keep clean.

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