When we first moved in, the driveway was a major obstacle (literally). I drive an SUV so I had no problems, but Eric drives a car and he and friends had trouble getting in and out of the driveway because of a major drop off. They were constantly scraping front bumpers and we knew this had to be on the top of our new house “to-do” list. It took about 3 hours of mixing and laying the quikrete and about 2 days to harden enough to drive over. This was my first time using quikrete so I’m sharing a few quick tips on using the product – quick tips for Quikrete!
- Don’t mix more than a few bags at a time. The wheelbarrow gets pretty heavy and it only takes a minute or so to mix up a second (or third or fourth) batch. This is especially helpful if you are working on a large area.
- Keep it cool. If you are laying the quikrete in the heat you want to make sure it doesn’t dry too quickly and crack. Spray it lightly with water every couple hours to make sure it hardens evenly.
- Clean up when you are done. Rinse your wheelbarrow and tools immediately after using them. Don’t let the quikrete dry or it’s a pain to get off!
- Use the right tools. Flat face shovel, wheelbarrow, trowel, etc.
- Buy the good stuff. Don’t get the cheapest thing you find if you want it to last; especially in high traffic areas.
- Remove any obstacles. Since this does take time to set, make sure you don’t need to move anything around it. In our case, I didn’t think to move my car out of the driveway before laying the quikrete and had to put boards down to get out of the driveway!
- Keep the bags dry. If you purchase your supplies but aren’t ready to use them, make sure you store the bags where they won’t get wet. We had a couple bags get wet and were able to salvage most of it but it was a pain.
- Wear protective gear. The dust that comes off the quikrete can be really bad for your lungs and eyes. Wear a dusk mask and safety googles.
These tips for Quikrete should help make whatever project you are working on a little bit easier. Don’t make the same mistakes I did! I was a little intimidated at first, but felt pretty awesome after. Plus, slugging quikrete around is a great workout! So get outside and make something.