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mixing cement...

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by 84gmcjimmy, Sep 5, 2004.

  1. 84gmcjimmy

    84gmcjimmy 1 ton status

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    I was just looking at our back gate, and the post the gate is attached to is leaning (it was going to snow soon, so we didn't have time to get cement) so the post is in dirt. once again, its almost winter and I want to plant the post in cement.
    I have some bags of "Normal Portand cement type 10" and some gravel stuff.
    I've mixed last year with the other posts, I just cant remember how much of each (cement stuff, gravel) to put in.
    Anyone know? I will be mixing it in a wheelbarrow.
    Thanks!
     
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    From what I hear putting posts in cement will make them rot faster. The water gets trapped between the post and cement and makes it rot. The way I was taught is to lay about 6 inches of pea gravel in the bottom of the hole for drainage and then firmly pack the dirt around the post. The post should be in the hole 1/3 of the amount that sticks above the ground, not to exceed 3 ft.
     
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    Aren't there instructions on it?
     
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    Id say mix it 50/50 and pour it in the hole dry, Then add some water, stir it up then cover with dirt the next day.
     
  5. 84gmcjimmy

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    [ QUOTE ]
    From what I hear putting posts in cement will make them rot faster. The water gets trapped between the post and cement and makes it rot. The way I was taught is to lay about 6 inches of pea gravel in the bottom of the hole for drainage and then firmly pack the dirt around the post. The post should be in the hole 1/3 of the amount that sticks above the ground, not to exceed 3 ft.

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    Thats why when the cement is near dry, you fill the spot between the post and the cement with cauking so water can't get in there.

    I will try 50/50, but do it in the wheelbarrow, I dont have enough room in the hole to mix in water.
     
  6. 84gmcjimmy

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    Aren't there instructions on it?

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    I dont think so, I will look. I never saw any... just a "caution" thing.
     
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    4 parts sand/gravel to 1 part portland cement,just enough water to dampen it. a 50/50 will yeild you about a 12,000 psi mix, which is wayyyyyyyyyyyyyyy overkill.
     
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    LOL okay thanks!
    I will do 4:1 then /forums/images/graemlins/peace.gif
     
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    When my uncle and I put up fences, we just dug the hole, dropped the post, leveled it, and dumped cement in the hole, then we just poured water all over it and let it set up. I think we may have put water in before the cement
     
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    i hate diggin...sometimes I hate living in the rocky mountains!
    dig, OUCH! dig dig, PING! dig PING PING /forums/images/graemlins/mad.gif
     
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    if you want concreat 1 part portland to 2 parts gravel to 2 1/2 parts sand,

    or if you want it a little easyer just go to depot and for 4 bucks get the post hole cement it sets in like 15 min, and you can just pour it in the hole a little water first then more after.
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    what the hell do i know???
    worked as a mason , and an a welder. of railings and fences i have put up miles of fence and hundreds of posts. AND I HATE IT /forums/images/graemlins/angryfire.gif /forums/images/graemlins/angryfire.gif /forums/images/graemlins/angryfire.gif /forums/images/graemlins/angryfire.gif
     
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    Put the portion of post that will be buried in a garbage bag and duct tape it to the post right even with where it meets the surface. Slide it in the whole and dump in the crete.
     
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    well I did 2 of the posts today... it went well.
    Kert, ah thats a good idea about the garbage bags, I will do that to the next (10) posts I have to do.

    Besides from spilling half a wheelbarrow load of cement, and popping the tire on the wheelbarrow. it went well /forums/images/graemlins/woot.gif
     
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    Man i wished I lived close enough to help you

    Steve *mix cement*

    RJ *whack steve with 4x4*
     
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    LOL, I never knew how heavy a wheelbarrow full of cement mix, water, and gravel would be until I tried to save it from falling... at least I was wearing a sweatshirt and gloves...
     

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