How to mix quikrete

Updated February 21, 2017

Quikrete is a concrete mix used for many different applications. It can be used to lay sidewalks and driveways or to build concrete steps. One advantage of Quikrete concrete mix is that the concrete already comes pre-mixed. The only ingredient necessary to add for the proper texture is water. There are many different ways to mix Quikrete, but for larger applications, a wheelbarrow is perfect. With just a few tools and some simple instructions, you can have your concrete mixed and ready to pour in no time.

Dump all of the Quikrete concrete mix into the wheelbarrow at the same time. Hold the first bag over the wheelbarrow and cut it open with a utility knife. Pour it into the wheelbarrow by hand. Dump the next bag and all of the remaining bags into the wheelbarrow until it is no more than 3/4 full.

Fill a mop bucket half full with water. Pour the water into the wheelbarrow. Mix around the concrete mix and the water with a shovel. Dig the shovel to the bottom and turn the concrete over a little bit at a time.

Add more water as you go and keep stirring the mix until everything visible is covered in water. Stir it in a circular motion. Hold the shovel with both hands and move around the edge of the wheelbarrow. Flip the concrete mix over and add water where it is still dusty.

Continue stirring the concrete mix in the wheelbarrow until it reaches a uniform consistency. Verify that all the concrete mix is covered with water.


There are many different types of Quikrete concrete mix including Fast Setting, Crack-Resistant and Early Strength. While all of these products set differently, they all mix the same.

Things You'll Need

  • Concrete mix
  • Wheelbarrow
  • Utility knife
  • Mop bucket
  • Water
  • Shovel
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