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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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really small job!

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Annie
RVA
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October 22, 2014
We have a line of concrete that comes out at an angle in the utility room, making it impossible to have the dryer on a level surface from left to right ( at the front, the left side only comes out 27" from the rear wall, but right side is ~30").

Need 1" depth.

What product should we use?
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October 24, 2014
If the product is being placed over unsealed / uncoated concrete, make sure the concrete is clean of any dust, oil, or any other contaminant that could prevent a good bond. If it is being placed over tile, the tile should be roughened (be sure to wear proper personal protective equipment), and metal lath should be installed over it, to ensure a mechanical bond. QUIKRETE Concrete Mix should not be used for applications less than 2 inches thick. QUIKRETE Sand Topping Mix #1103 blended with QUIKRETE Concrete Acrylic Fortifier replacing a portion of the water is an appropriate product for an overlay 0 – 1” thick. If you need further assistance, please contact the QUIKRETE Technical Center at 1-800-282-5828.
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approximately, how much water do you add for a 60lb. bag of concrete

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October 19, 2014
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October 22, 2014
Start with 4 pints of clean water. If additional water is needed, add small amounts of water sparingly. Do not exceed 7 pints of clean water.
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What size bage should I get for a standard size Direct TV satelilte dish?

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Russ
Richmond, Va
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October 2, 2014
I am getting a satellite dish put on my apartment patio and I need concrete mix to put in a buckect to hold the satelilite pole. Also what size bucket should I use. Im thinking a painters size bucket.
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October 3, 2014
Check with the provider of the satellite dish for recommendations. If it is going to be placed in concrete, the pole must be made of metal that is compatible with cement (an alkaline material), such as galvanized steel, or there is potential for corrosion. Be cautioned that aluminum, in particular, must be avoided as it reacts with either an acid or an alkali. Mixed concrete weighs approximately 140 pounds per cubic foot. A 60 lb. bag of QUIKRETE Concrete Mix yields approximately 0.45 cubic feet of concrete, while an 80 lb. bag of QUIKRETE Concrete Mix yields approximately 0.6 cubic feet of concrete. Weight and yields are approximate, and will vary based upon mixing water quantity used, waste, etc.
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Las Vegas, NV, USA
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October 3, 2014
Direct TV should provide anything needed for the installation. Call them to verify
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Anonymous
California
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October 3, 2014
Measure the bucket. You need 135lb of concrete for each cubic foot.
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how many bags would it take for a 11 feet long x 54 inchs wide x 3 inches thick

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September 25, 2014
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California
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October 3, 2014
It takes 135lb per cubic foot. Buy some extra since Home Depot will gladly take back what you don't use.
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September 29, 2014
A 60 lb. bag of QUIKRETE Concrete Mix yields approximately 0.45 cubic feet of concrete. An application that is 11 ft. x 4.5 ft. (54”) x 0.25 ft. (3”) would require approximately 12 ½ cubic feet of concrete, or approximately 28 60 lb. bags of QUIKRETE Concrete Mix. Yields are approximate and will vary based upon waste, uneven sub-grade, etc.
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I need to fill areas in my basement that they never poured concrete. Is it ok to use this product for this. The areas are about 3 ft wide.

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fixerupper
New Jersey
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September 22, 2014
I have already put stone down and was going to mix this cement to fill the floor.
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September 25, 2014
QUIKRETE Concrete Mix would be appropriate provided that the areas to be filled are no less than 2” deep. A standard slab is recommended to be 4” thick. Consider using wire reinforcement or QUIKRETE Crack Resistant Concrete Mix #100680, which contains alkali resistant fibers. Consult local building codes to ensure that your project meet requirements.
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September 23, 2014
Hi fixerupper,

This product will work fine for your project.

Mike
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How many 60lb bags for a mower strip 76' long, 8" wide, 4" deep?

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TomSlick
Ontario, CA
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September 22, 2014
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September 25, 2014
A 60 lb. bag of QUIKRETE Concrete Mix yields approximately 0.45 cubic feet of concrete. An application that is 76 ft. x 0.67 ft. (8”) x 0.33 ft. (4”) will require approximately 16.8 cubic feet of concrete, or approximately 37 1/3 60 lb. bags. Yields are approximate and will vary based upon waste, uneven sub-grade, etc.
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Trouble
Las Vegas, NV, USA
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September 24, 2014
76" x 8" x 4" is about 2432 cubic inches
1728 cubic inches in a cubic foot
Approximately 1.5 cubic feet required.
Each 60 lb bag is about .45 cubic feet
So 4 bags should get it. If it was me I would get 5 bags and take one back if I did not use it.
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Anonymous
California
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September 23, 2014
Buy 135lb of concrete for every cubic foot.
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Using quickcrete to fill in holes under porch

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JocCan
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September 15, 2014
I have eliminated groundhogs from under my porch and want to fill in the holes. How much can I water this down so it flows better while still ensuring it will set properly? Or is this product not a good solution?
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Anonymous
California
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September 23, 2014
You can water it down quite a bit. The water will work it's way up as you pack the concrete into the holes.
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September 17, 2014
A 60 lb bag of QUIKRETE Concrete Mix is designed to be mixed with 4 – 7 pints of clean water, to achieve a 2-3 inch slump. Exceeding a 3 inch slump will not allow the product to perform as designed. You may consider utilizing QUIKRETE Core Fill Grout – Coarse #1585-07 or Fine #1585-08. Although these products are not specifically designed to be poured into gopher holes, they are designed to be flowable to allow them to be used to fill masonry block cores. They are designed to be mixed to an 8 – 11” slump. The design strength of these products varies somewhat by region, but it is never less than 2000 PSI when tested for its intended purpose. This suggestion presumes that the filling of the holes is not being performed for structural purposes. If it is, please check local building codes for any specific requirements and contact the QUIKRETE Technical Center at 1-800-282-5828 for further assistance.
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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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August 28, 2014
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Anonymous
California
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September 23, 2014
Buy 135lb for each cubic foot.
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September 10, 2014
A 60 lb. bag of QUIKRETE Concrete Mix yields approximately 0.45 cubic feet of concrete. A slab that is 1.5 ft. (18”) x 4.5 ft. x 0.167 ft. (2”) will require approximately 1.2 cubic feet of concrete, or approximately 2 2/3 60 lb. bags of concrete mix. Yields are approximate and will vary based upon waste, uneven sub-grade, etc.
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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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KD5IXI
Brackettville Texas
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August 28, 2014
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California
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September 23, 2014
Buy 135lb for each cubic foot.
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September 4, 2014
A 60 lb. bag of QUIKRETE Concrete Mix yields approximately 0.45 cubic feet of concrete. For a 3 ft. x 3 ft. x 3 ft. hole, approximately 27 cubic feet of concrete, or sixty 60 lb. bags are will be required. Yields are approximate and will vary based upon waste, uneven sub-grade, etc.
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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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Anonymous
California
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September 23, 2014
Concrete sets like epoxy. The guidelines on the quikrete website says how cured it will be after 24 hours and 1 week. It should be OK to drive across after a day if it is pushing straight down. But if you put a pipe through it, the concrete could flex and break. It all depends on the thickness.
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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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Can this be poured into a fence post hole and water added after to set?

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squirrelnuts
Portland, OR
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September 18, 2014
Can this be use like the fast set mix where you just pour around the post in the hole as a dry mix, then sock with water to activate?
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Anonymous
California
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September 23, 2014
The quick set concrete has instructions on the bag for just that. This bag says to mix it up so I wouldn't chance it and not follow the instructions.
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September 23, 2014
No, QUIKRETE Concrete Mix #1101 must be mixed with water prior to placement. It is NOT an acceptable practice for this product to be placed dry, then water added on top of it afterwards. Only QUIKRETE Fast Setting Concrete Mix #100450, when used for setting posts, may be placed dry then water added on top per instructions. Any application other than setting posts requires that the Fast Setting Concrete Mix also be mixed with water prior to placement.
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Lumanet
New Mexico
September 20, 2014
Certainly YES :-)

I used them on a lot of Fence and pole projects.
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Bill
Arlington, TX, USA
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September 20, 2014
No. The concrete & water mixture should be thoroughly mixed before pouring into the post hole. If doing as you suggest there is a great possibility that the outer "crust" of the concrete will set hard but under an inch of the hardened concrete the balance could/would be powder.
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Is this type of concrete ok for repairing cracks in the concrete slab on my front steps?

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yra3000
nj
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September 4, 2014
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Trouble
Las Vegas, NV, USA
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September 8, 2014
No It is too corse, USE PATCH Mix
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QUIKRETEProductExpert
September 8, 2014
Whether or not the product could be used would depend on the crack thickness. In order to use this product it would need to be 2” or more in thickness and in depth, because this product contains rock. For cracks less than 2” you could consider using the QUIKRETE® FastSet™ Repair Mortar or the QUIKRETE® Sand/Topping Mix (No. 1103). For very thin cracks we have products that come in caulk tubes or squeeze tubes that may suit your application better.
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Lumanet
New Mexico
September 6, 2014
I would not recommend it if your crack's aren't major.
If I would be u I would use 40 lb. Concrete Patch for your cracks.

I hope that helps

Olaf
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Are the 60 lb bags of concrete mix suitable for a outdoor car parking pad?

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appling,ga
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August 31, 2014
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September 4, 2014
Yes, QUIKRETE Concrete Mix is designed for general structural uses, so it is suitable for an outdoor car parking pad provided it is an appropriate thickness. A standard slab is 4” thick. Applying over a sub-grade that is not firm, mixing with too much or too little water, overworking the concrete while finishing, not utilizing control joints for a large slab, or not reinforcing properly, are some of the factors which will contribute to decreased durability. Always be sure to review local building codes to ensure your project complies.
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Bill
Arlington, TX, USA
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September 2, 2014
Sure!!! Same stuff as the 80lb bag.
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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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QUIKRETEProductExpert
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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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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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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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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