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Waterproofing Hand mixed concrete.

I can sell you an admixture that makes readymix concrete waterproof. As good as any of the rest out there. For only £29 per m³ treated.

I can sell you a different additive that makes hand mixed concrete waterproof for the same price.

£29 plus postage.

This is the liquid version and because it is hard to dose accurately I will send you twice the minimum required. But 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.

£29 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 purchased from me.

You will get a measure with your liquid admixture. Come back to this page for your instructions.

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. This batch should have 15mls of the liquid plasticiser. If you have more the concrete will still be waterproof but it could take longer to set.

Most cement from merchants is a blend of OPC and flyash and has the figure 32.5 on it. This is the potential strength. Pure OPC would normally have 42.5 on it and white cement would be the strongest a52.5 on the bag.

I am not entirely happy that 32.5 cement could 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. It used to be that you had to buy a whole pallet to get CEM 1 cement, but recently I discovered that Selco's cheaper cement in paper bags is CEM 1. So look around.

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.

Email me for the safety data sheet if you have bought this and need the paperwork. It is basically the same as the powder version and the MSDS for powder on the previous page.

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