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How to make consistent mix ratio concrete?

helloLooking for advice on the above, I have a pathway and a couple of small retaining walls that the customer wants in cast concrete ,access to the site is too tight for a truck, and the small volume (1.5m3) does not justify a pump.Am I right in thinking concrete mix ratios are by weight not volume? So a shovel of cement won't be the same as a shovel of sand or gravel,...then again as long as I keep the size of the shovels the same , I'll get a consistent mix ....right?Just asking if anyone uses a different method, like buckets or a wooden box?Cheers

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    Using a "proper" measuring container would be better (bucket, pale container etc) than trying to guestimate shovel measures definately.

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    Exactly as Brian says...
    Although have you considered a company like mix a mate who will knock up exact quantities on site and (in my experience) very consistently!

    Brian www.mibservices.co.uk said:

    Using a "proper" measuring container would be better (bucket, pale container etc) than trying to guestimate shovel measures definately.

  • Aye I use one of the mini mix companies when I need more than a cube, but this site has width restrictions on all the access roads in to it , it's mostly council apartments . Had a delivery during the week and the truck got stuck, hence we'll have to mix it in the belle.
  • By the bucket would be the most accurate. After a couple of mixes, to speed up the process, I would have thought you would have enough of a 'feel' to just use the bucket for cement.

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