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Mixing concrete for fence posts, floor slabs, garden paths, driveways, foundations and many other things is a very popular pastime indeed but which type of concrete should you use and how do you work out how much of it you want? How much sand? How much cement? How much water?
These pages show you how to work out the volume of concrete needed for foundation trenches, floor slabs, concrete paving and so on. We show you what to look out for when mixing the concrete and how to use a mixer on site. The volume is the same for hand-mixed concrete as it is for ready mixed which arrives on site in a lorry which is also a concrete mixer.
If you have got some existing concrete that you want to break up we can help there and when it comes to laying concrete edging stones or repairing cracks in your concrete path, all the answers are inside.
Lime, as a cement type material has been around for thousands of years with discoveries of lime and gypsum mortars being made in the pyramids 300 years ago. Adding stones to this mix to form what we call concrete happened in about 150BC. Sadly the art of mixing concrete disappeared (from Britain at least) with the Romans in about 400AD but this was rediscovered and patented with the use of small limestone particles in 1796.
Since then concrete has been used for everything from skyscrapers to garden walls and concrete fence posts, along with concrete kerbs, concrete roads and precast concrete garages. It really is a versatile material and the building Industry would be lost without it.