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Old 11-05-2011, 12:13 PM   #1
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I am looking for easy ways to mix concrete without having to rent or buy new tools. So far, from my research on the web the best way seems to be to spread a tarp on the ground and just roll the mixture back and forth. Any other easy suggestions?

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How much are you planning on mixing, and what are you using it for? If just a small amount, a five gallon bucket and small potting shovel works. Larger job like a patio, means you are renting equipment.

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I am looking for easy ways to mix concrete without having to rent or buy new tools. So far, from my research on the web the best way seems to be to spread a tarp on the ground and just roll the mixture back and forth. Any other easy suggestions?
Frankly, that sounds insane.
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You did not mention what tools you have or how much Concrete you want to mix. Easy way would be a wheel barrow and a hoe or a small electric mixer that you should be able to find for $100.00 (or borrow from a friend)
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Have a link to the rolling around on the tarp deal??? Never heard of such a thing.

A wheelbarrow and a shovel has always worked for me and most of the rest of the world.

Never liked the hoe much, usually end up breaking handles.

Portable mixers are a PITA imo.

Without a doubt the “easiest” way is to get someone else to do the mixing for you.
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the best way seems to be to spread a tarp on the ground and just roll the mixture back and forth. Any other easy suggestions?
OMG!!! Never heard of such a thing.

http://www.youtube.com/results?searc...+concrete&aq=f
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check out instructables.com

http://www.instructables.com/id/Easy...th-a-Tarpauli/
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OMG!!! Never heard of such a thing.
That method has been around a long time but of course is in fact insane and obviously hasn't caught on. I think I saw it on one of those useless TV home improvement shows maybe Dean Johnson's show. In fact seems like that Miriam Johnson was talking it up one day on his show while two other guys were actually doing the work. What a mess!

It was being done by some tileguys I think.

Oh wait! If it was tileguys doing it then it must be a good idea.

The first time I saw it done was when I went to Rock Carpet school and that was the recommended means of mixing small batches of rocks and epoxy to make decorative logos from Rock Carpet. It was a nutty idea back then too.
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If I hadn't seen it, http://youtu.be/rYvUAflWi2U , I wouldn't believe it.
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Well there ya go! Nuthin' to it!
First time I've seen the "Creter". Only times I've seen it done a basic cheap plastic tarp was used. I can see where the four handles would be a plus.
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The “CRETER”…..I like it.

I could see in certain situations where it would be quite handy. I wonder how much mileage you’d get out of those handles though.
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Idon't like that in step five they talk about putting it into a wheel barrow after mixing. What's the point of that? Cleaning up the tarp will be a mess too.
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the tarp method is called "the wet italian". i did it once under someone else on the the crews orders... he read it somewhere and wanted to try it

the wheelbarrow method is what i do for small amounts.. anything more than a yard and i order it from a plant
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i'll be damned - see what i miss on late-nite tv by going to bed early ? ? ?
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There are some plastic bags you can buy where you load in the concrete mix and a measured amount of water and roll it around the ground a few times. thecementsolution.com Or I suppose you can double up on some compactor bags and do the same thing, for mixing small amounts of course.

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