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QUIKRETE 60lb. Concrete Mix is ideal for both structural and non structural applications over 2 in. thick. This ready to use product contains a blend of portland cement, sand, gravel, and other approved ingredients. QUIKRETE 60lb. Concrete Mix is perfect for projects requiring a quality, general use concrete mix.
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How many 60lb bags of Quikrete to fill in a slab 18 inches w 4 1/2 ft long 2 inches deep

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Rockyboo
Billings, Montana
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Lumanet
New Mexico
August 31, 2014
1-2 bags
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Trouble
Las Vegas, NV, USA
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August 30, 2014
3 bags should do it with a bit left over
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How many bags of 60 pound needed for a hole 3'x3'x3' I can borrow a mixer.

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Lumanet
New Mexico
August 31, 2014
You will need between 5-6 bags. Also I would just mix it with some water and a shuffle. The mixer is an overkill for just 3 feet jobs.
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How long to dry?

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Diane
Colorado Springs, CO
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August 28, 2014
I am filling in the gutter of my driveway to prevent my car from hitting when I pull out. I am trying to decide whether to use only the concrete or put a 2-inch pvc pipe in it for drainage. Can you tell me how long before I can drive over it if it is solid concrete and if there is a difference with the pipe? I presume it will take less time to dry with the pipe since there will be less concrete. Thanks
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August 29, 2014
QUIKRETE Concrete Mix will continue to cure and gain strength through 28 days and beyond. When tested under standard laboratory conditions in accordance with that specification, it will achieve or exceed a compressive strength of 3,500 PSI in 28 days, with a typical 28 day value being 4,000 PSI. QUIKRETE 5000 Concrete Mix #1007 would be a better choice, as it achieves a typical strength of 5000 PSI in 28 days. Depending upon the strength of the PVC pipe, it could potentially be weaker with the PVC pipe than without it. If you opt to use the PVC pipe, the concrete can be no less than 2” thick in all directions from the pipe. Be sure to check with your local municipality to determine requirements before altering the street gutter at the end of your driveway.
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BASeMENT INTERIOR WALLS REPAIR

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jaspejoe
philadelphia, pa
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July 24, 2014
Would this product do or perhaps MORTAR mix be best choice to produce a thin layer of basement wall for to create a smooth surface over spotty, bare sections of sandy peeling walls? Basement is supporting small house on 1000 sq foot lot. Would need enough to coat the entire basement wall surface to provide a smooth appearance.then to apply white primer to create a finished look. Need not be perfect smooth, but enough support to keep sandy particles from falling from basement walls.
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August 11, 2014
Before applying any new material, all sandy peeling material will need to be removed, so that there is a sound substrate to which the new material can be applied. This can typically be completed through the use of a sander, grinder, or wire brush (Be sure to wear proper personal protective equipment). If this is not done, whatever material you apply will wind up peeling when the existing material continues to peel. Once the sound substrate is exposed and all dust washed off, it is recommended that QUIKWALL Surface Bonding Cement (#123050-white, #123150-gray) be used in conjunction with QUIKRETE Acrylic Fortifier (#8610) to increase the bond to the existing wall. It can be painted with an acrylic water based coating 7 days after application, or with an oil based coating 28 days after application. You may decide not to paint. QUIKWALL may be purchased in a white color in many areas. QUIKRETE Concrete Mix would not be suitable.
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California
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July 30, 2014
Concrete mix has rocks in it and would be difficult to apply to walls.
Mortar is stickier and would adhere better.
However, the walls would need to be cleaned of the sandy stuff.
If the walls are deteriorating due to moisture from the other side, fixing the inside will not accomplish long term results.
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How Many 60 LB Bags to fill a 12" x 48" sonotube

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Halifax Massachusetts
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July 27, 2014
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August 11, 2014
A 60 lb bag of QUIKRETE Concrete Mix yields approximately 0.45 cubic feet of concrete. A nominal 12” QUIK-TUBE that is 4 feet long will require approximately 7 60 lb. bags of Concrete Mix. Yields are approximate and will vary based upon waste, uneven sub-grade, etc.
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California
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July 28, 2014
Concrete weighs 135lb per cubic foot. You need a pi cubic feet which comes out to 7.068 bags. Less if you are going to put something in the concrete like a steel bracket.
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KenHDOC
Orange, Ca.
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July 28, 2014
Hi TheOldGuy, you will need 7 bags of 60 pound concrete to fill that construction tube.

Also here is the link to the tube calculator.

http://www.quikrete.com/PDFs/DATA_S...
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If Frost (in Canada) penetrates to a depth of 18" how deep do the 4" x 4" wooden posts have to be set so the won't heave with the frost?

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Johnnie
Brampton, Otario, CANADA
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July 31, 2014
We did manage to set 2 4" x 4" wood posts with 1 bag of post "Quick set" to a depth of 24"
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PA
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August 8, 2014
What are posts are for? If weight bearing structure like a deck then 4 feet of concrete. Do not set post into concrete, install anchoring bolt and plate. Set 4x4 on the plate.
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August 6, 2014
To reduce the potential for frost heave the post must extend past the frost line for your region. You will want to contact someone who is familiar will local building codes to determine what the frost line is in your area.
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Trouble
Las Vegas, NV, USA
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August 3, 2014
As long as the bottom of the concrete is below the frost line you should be fine. Personally I would go at least 6 inches below the frost line just in case
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Have to set 2 4" x 4" wood sign posts will 1 bag of Quikrete do it? Approx 15" deep 9" diam holes.

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Johnnie
Bramalea, ON
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July 14, 2014
Are there any smaller bags of Quikrete?
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JPAof85
Cincinnati, oh
August 7, 2014
I bought 1 bag to set 3 swing set posts and only used 1/2 a bag.
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July 16, 2014
A 60 lb. bag of QUIKRETE® Concrete Mix yields approximately 0.45 cubic feet of concrete. A 9 in. Diameter x 15” deep hole that has a 4”x 4” post in it going the full depth will require approximately 0.41 cubic feet of concrete, or approximately 1 60 lb. bags of Concrete Mix per hole. Yields are approximate and will vary based upon waste, uneven sub-grade, etc.
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Anonymous
California
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July 15, 2014
Calculate the volume in cubic in.
I got about 954 cubic inches per hole, minus the volume of the post, equals 746 cubic inches
You didn't say how deep you were putting in the posts, I'll assume 2" off the bottom to prevent the wood from sitting in dirt which would allow it to rot faster.
Each hole will require 0.431 cubic foot of concrete, or 58 lb.
So, a bag per hole should work fine.
Soak the post ends in water overnight before putting them in the concrete, otherwise they will absorb water once they are in the hole and expand while the concrete is setting.
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I am pouring a 4 inch base for a smal storage building. At 4 inches thick, how many square feet will one bag cover.

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TomA68
Branson, MO
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August 2, 2014
Which would be the best mix 60 pound or 80 pound bag and how many square feet will each cover at 4 inch thick.
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August 6, 2014
An 80 lb. bag of Quikrete® Concrete Mix yields approximately 0.6 cubic feet of concrete and a 60 lb. bag of Quikrete® Concrete Mix yields approximately 0.45 cubic feet. At 4” thick, an 80 lb bag will roughly cover 1.8 square feet and a 60 lb bag will roughly cover 1.35 cubic feet. Yields are approximate and will vary based upon waste, uneven sub-grade, etc.
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Anonymous
California
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August 4, 2014
1- 1/3 sq ft
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how many 60 lb is in one cubic yard of concrete

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addan
fairafax va
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July 28, 2014
how many 60 lb bags is in one cubic yard of congrete
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August 6, 2014
A 60 lb. bag of Quikrete® Concrete Mix yields approximately 0.45 cubic feet of concrete. For a cubic yard (27 cubic feet), approximately 60 - 60 lb. bags of concrete mix will be required. Yields are approximate and will vary based upon waste, uneven sub-grade, etc.
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Anonymous
California
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July 30, 2014
60.75
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I did show how deep the posts were going...15" but we went to 24" (due to frost concerns in winter).

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Johnnie
Brampton, Ontario, CANADA
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July 16, 2014
How do you come up with 954 cu. in. for 15 x 9: diam.?
That's like 2 Chevy 450 engines!
Johnnie
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Anonymous
California
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July 30, 2014
Use the equation for area of a circle.
A = pi * radius squared.
The radius is half the diameter, or 4.5 inches
4.5 squared is 20.25. multiply this by pi to get the area of the bottom surface.
20.25 * 3.1415926535897932384626433832795 = about 63.62 square inches.
Multiply this by the depth of 15 inches and you get 954 cubic inches.
The displacement of an engine only includes how much area the pistons displace in the cyclinders.
So if you popped off the heads and put each piston to BDC and filled it with concrete, you would have to do this twice to get enough to fill the 15 x 9 in hole.
For your future reference, concrete weighs 135lb per cubic foot (1728 cu in).
Calculate how many cubic inches you need, divide by 1728, multiply by 135lb and divide by how many pounds of concrete per bag, 60 in this case. Good Luck.
Being from an area where it doesn't frost, I was wondering what concerns you have about your posts and the frost. Aren't they just pieces of wood?
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QUIKRETEProductExpert
July 16, 2014
If you are now going 24” instead of 15”, with the post sitting on the bottom of the hole, the volume will increase to 0.66 cubic feet which will require ~1.5 60 lb. bags of QUIKRETE® Concrete Mix per hole. Yields are approximate and will vary based upon waste, uneven sub-grade, etc. The calculation is as follows: Volume of the hole is equal to: π * radius of hole squared * height (π*4.5”*4.5”*24”~1527 cubic inches), Volume of the post is width*length*height (4”*4”*24”~384 cubic inches), subtract those two and you get 1143 cubic inches which is 0.66 cubic feet.
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48" by 53" by 4" thk whats the number of 60-lb bags needed

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June 13, 2014
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Anonymous
California
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July 15, 2014
A cubic foot of concrete weighs 135lb
I calculated that you would need 13.25 60-lb bags
Buy a few extra, you can always take them back.
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June 13, 2014
A 60 lb bag of QUIKRETE Concrete Mix yields approximately 0.45 cubic feet of concrete. A 4 ft. (48 in.) x 4.42 ft. (53 in.) x 0.34 ft (4 inch) application will require approximately 6 cubic feet of concrete, or approximately 13-14 60 lb. bags of concrete mix. Yields are approximate and will vary based upon waste, uneven sub-grade, etc.
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how much sq ft per bag

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July 3, 2014
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Anonymous
California
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July 15, 2014
Depends on the depth.
There is 0.444 cubic feet per bag.
If you pour a 4" slab, it will cover 1-1/3 sq feet.
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QUIKRETEProductExpert
July 3, 2014
A 60 lb. bag of QUIKRETE Concrete Mix yields approximately 0.45 cubic feet of concrete. If applying 4 inches (~0.34 feet) thick as is typical for a slab, one bag will cover approximately 1 1/3 square feet. Yields are approximate and will vary based upon waste, uneven sub-grade, etc.
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What is the quantity yield per 60# bag?

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ThickandHard
Phx, AZ
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May 28, 2014
What is the quantity yield per 60# bag?
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May 30, 2014
A 60 lb. bag of QUIKRETE Concrete Mix yields approximately 0.45 cubic feet of concrete. Yields are approximate and will vary based upon waste, uneven sub-grade, etc.
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California
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May 28, 2014
0.47 cubic feet
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how many 60 lb bags will I need for installing a bsketball hoop in a hole that is 2 feet in diameter and 4 feet deep?

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Jake
Syracuse, NY
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May 24, 2014
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Trouble
Las Vegas, NV, USA
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May 28, 2014
Sorry I did not check my email sooner

According to the math you need 28 - 60 lb bags of concrete mix.
3.14 (PI) * 1 foot (squared) * 4 feet = 12.57 cubic feet
Each bag makes .45 Cubic feet of cement so you need 28 bags.

If your pole is 6" in diameter you can drop that number to 22 bags.
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May 28, 2014
A 60 lb. bag of QUIKRETE Concrete Mix yields approximately 0.45 cubic feet of concrete. A hole having a diameter of 2 feet (radius of 1 foot) that is 4 feet deep will require (3.14 x 1 ft. x 1 ft.) x 4 ft. = approximately 12 ½ cubic feet of concrete, or approximately 28 60 lb. bags of concrete mix. This is the required quantity to fill the entire hole, and has not been adjusted to account for the actual dimensions of the basketball hoop base which will be placed in the hole. Yields are approximate and will vary based upon waste, uneven sub-grade, etc.
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California
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May 27, 2014
Calculate the cubic feet of concrete needed.
In your case, that is 12.56. Each cubic foot of concrete weighs 135lb.
You need 1695.6lb. That's 28.26 bags.
Buy 30, you can always return what you don't use.
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bags per skid

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Rich
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May 23, 2014
How many 60# bags of quikrete concrete mix are on a skid
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Anonymous
California
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May 27, 2014
56 60lb bags
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May 23, 2014
There are typically 56 bags of 60 lb. QUIKRETE Concrete Mix per pallet. Please contact your local Home Depot store to confirm.
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I wish to use 60 lb bags of concrete to fill a 4'x4'x4' hole, how many bags will I need? Plan on putting an antenna base in the hole.

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Milton Florida
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May 19, 2014
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Anonymous
California
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May 20, 2014
You need 135lb per cubic foot. Buy extra, HD will gladly take back the extras.
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May 20, 2014
A 60 lb. bag of QUIKRETE Concrete Mix yields approximately 0.45 cubic feet of concrete. A 4 ft. x 4 ft. x 4 ft. hole will require approximately 64 cubic feet of concrete, or approximately 143 60 lb. bags. Yields are approximate and will vary based upon waste, uneven sub-grade, etc. Metal to be embedded in concrete, particularly aluminum, should be galvanized or coated, to protect it from reacting with the alkalinity of the concrete when water is added, which will cause expansion.
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is this concrete mix fast setting like the red bag of 50lb

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Corona, CA
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April 16, 2014
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April 21, 2014
No, QUIKRETE Concrete Mix #1101 in the yellow bag is a normal setting concrete.
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Freddiefixer
Texas, USA
April 16, 2014
No, very workable and usually cures in about 2 days.
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California
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April 16, 2014
No
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How many 4x4 fence posts will one bag cover? Like 1 ft. deep, regular size fence post holes?

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Cristi
Springfield, OR
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March 4, 2014
I need to put in about 8 fence posts and don't know how much concrete I need to buy. Thanks!
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Freddiefixer
Texas, USA
April 16, 2014
It depends on the the size of the hole, I would use one bag per hole.
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Anonymous
California
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April 8, 2014
Calculate your cubic feet and multiply by 135lb per cubic foot of concrete.
Divide by the weight of each bag.
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Boog
Tulsa
April 1, 2014
I used (1) 60lb bag on an 18" deep x 8" dia. hole with a 4x6 Pole and it was 4" short of filling to the top. Your hole will probably be 12" depth x 6" dia. which would take ~3/4 of a 60lb Bag.
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March 10, 2014
When placing fence posts, the depth of the post hole should be one-half of the above-ground post height, for example: For a 4' above ground post, use a post with an overall height of 6 feet and place 2 feet (24”) in the ground. For holes that are 24” deep, with a 12” diameter, and a 4” x 4” square post placed within, a single hole would require approximately three 60# bags of mixed QUIKRETE Concrete Mix. 8 posts will require approximately 24 bags. These are estimates and will vary based upon waste, uneven subgrade, etc. Note that the QUIKRETE Concrete Mix must be blended with water before being added to the hole.
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BigE
Forest, VA, USA
March 7, 2014
If you're setting 4x4 posts, you're gonna want to dig your holes deeper than 1 foot. The Quikrete folks will tell you to dig a hole half as deep as the height of your post out of the ground. (e.g., for a 6 foot high post you would need a 9 foot long 4x4 with 3 feet of it being buried in the hole). While that will certainly be sturdy, I would go with 8 foot posts and bury them in 2 foot holes. Having said that, a 60lb. bag would do one hole and then some - maybe 3 bags for 4 holes - assuming the holes are about 9-10 inches in diameter. The Quikrete website has a good quantity calculator on it. Good luck.
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How many 60 pound bags of concrete mix do I need for a 21 foot diameter circle x 3 inches thick?

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April 14, 2014
A 60 lb. bag of QUIKRETE Concrete Mix yields approximately 0.45 cubic feet of concrete. A circular area having a 21 foot diameter (10.5 foot radius) is 346 square feet. To cover with 0.25 feet (3 inches) of concrete will require approximately 86.5 cubic feet, or approximately 192 60 lb bags of concrete. Note that a standard slab is 4 inches thick, which would require approximately 118 cubic feet, or approximately 262 60 lb bags of Concrete Mix. Yields are approximate, and will be affected by waste, uneven sub-grade, etc.
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Anonymous
California
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April 8, 2014
194.7 bags.
Here's the calculation
You've got 86 cubic feet x 135lb of concrete per cubic foot = 11,683lb
11,683lb divided by 60lb per bag nets 194 bags. I hope you have help.
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Can I use this project on a particle board?

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Linnea
Hollywood
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March 1, 2014
Can I use this project on a particle board that used to be covered w. laminate (functioning as a kitchen counter top)?
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Anonymous
California
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April 8, 2014
Your question is very vague. You can pour concrete on top of particle board, but why?
If it is a form, make sure it is properly supported. If you are making a concrete kitchen counter top, I recommend a book on concrete kitchen counter tops, You will have to search for it, but it has some very good information about pouring your own. Hope this helped.
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March 6, 2014
QUIKRETE Concrete Mix may be applied over plywood if a metal lath is first installed to allow a mechanical bond to form, as the Concrete Mix could not bond directly to the plywood. QUIKRETE Concrete Mix should NOT be applied over particle board as the particle board may swell, deform, and lose strength if exposed to high levels of moisture. Concrete will also not form a bond with particle board. Depending upon the ultimate surface you wish to have for the counter top, installation of a cementitious backerboard over the particle board may allow greater flexibility in regards to the final surface you can apply. Note that it is not advisable to drive nails or screws into particle board, as they can provide an inlet for moisture, and / or cause the particle board to lose its shape when indentations are made on its surface. The use of QUIKRETE Polyurethane Construction Adhesive to adhere cementitious backerboard to the particleboard may be an option. You may wish to obtain further technical support directly from QUIKRETE at 1-800-282-5828.
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Freddiefixer
Texas, USA
March 4, 2014
I would not, moisture and particle board do not go together. I would use treated plywood.
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Trouble
Las Vegas, NV, USA
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March 3, 2014
If the question is "Can I use particle board as a temporary form for concrete" the answer is yes.
If the question is "Can I pour this type of concrete on top of particle board" the answer is no.

There is a lot of moisture in the concrete mix and if it is under the concrete the moisture and the weight of the concrete could weaken the particle board to the point of failure.

Using the particleboard a temporary form for curves etc can work if it is properly braced.
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