Mixing concrete in a 5-gallon bucket is a DIY project that virtually anyone can do. If you are prepared and organized, you’re well on your way to successful completion. If you have a buddy to help, you’re even closer. The money you save by mixing concrete in a 5-gallon bucket will “cement” your decision to DIY. Keeps reading to learn how to mix concrete in a 5 gallon bucket.
Steps to Mixing Concrete in a 5-Gallon Bucket
As with any project, to carry it out with precision and ease, you need to create a step by step plan and execute.
Make a List of Tools and Materials
You probably have most of the items necessary for this project in your garage or tool shed already. It’s never fun to have to stop in the middle of something and go to the store because you forgot something, but when you’re working with concrete, it can be disastrous. Double-check for these items so you will know what you need from the store:
- Concrete – It is advisable to figure out exactly how much will be required to complete the job and buy a bit more than needed just in case of mishaps.
- 5-gallon bucket, or if you have it, a 5 gallon bucket mixer.
- Drill and mixing accessory – while not mandatory, the easiest way to mix concrete in a 5-gallon bucket is with a drill and a mixing accessory.
- Water – you’ll need a specific amount depending on how much cement you’re mixing. See packaging for details
- Small shovel
*For the best result use a QuikSpray Concrete Mixer!
With these items purchased and at the ready, it’s time to begin.
Set Up Shop
While this may seem like common sense, it is a good idea to mention it. Put all of your materials in your work area. Much like you don’t want to be caught without the needed materials, you don’t want to have to stop to hunt for them either. Again, we’re working with concrete. It sets faster than you think.
Prep The 5 Gallon Bucket
It is crucial not to skip this step if you want to have both smooth concrete and a smooth experience. If the bucket is dirty, rinse it out so that nothing gets mixed in with the concrete. While it might seem instinctual to start by pouring the concrete into the bucket first, this is not recommended. Instead, begin by preparing the bucket for the concrete by wetting the entire inside with water. The most efficient way to do this is with a water hose.
Once your bucket is free from any excess dirt, and you have made sure that the inside is sufficiently wet, start collecting the water. Because you have already calculated the correct amount of concrete needed, you know about how much water is necessary as well.
Again, thanks to your expert-level preplanning, you know how much concrete to add to the bucket. Using a small shovel, scoop the necessary amount into the bucket.
Mix it Up
With the use of your drill and mixing accessory, it’s time to make the magic happen. If you brought the partner that is suggested, now is the time to put them to work. While you stir the mixture, they will hold the bucket to make sure it doesn’t turn over. Gently move the drill and accessory all the way to the bottom of the bucket and around its sides until it is thoroughly mixed. If it is too thick, add more water. If it is too thin, add more concrete. When the desired consistency is reached, you’re ready to pour the mixture.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Will Concrete Stick To A 5 Gallon Bucket?
Concrete can stick to most 5 gallon buckets made with High-Density Polyethylene (HPDE). Coating the bucket with an oil-based release agent before mixing wet concrete is an effective solution to preventing it from sticking.
How much cement can you mix in a 5 gallon bucket?
A 5 gallon bucket can fit. 45 cubic ft. of concrete when mixed with water. Pretty much one 60 pound bag of pre-mix
Is it cheaper to mix your own concrete or have it delivered?
Mixing your own concrete can be cheaper based on certain factors including how much you need, what you are concreting, and your location.