how to mix concrete for a smaller home foundation

Learning how to mix concrete is easier than it ever has been because of ready-made cement. You just add water. This is for small jobs. For bigger jobs you will want to call a cement truck. Still if you are the hardy type, you can rent a cement mixer and shovel the bags in by hand along with a garden hose.

Ready to mix cement is great for small projects. You want to mix it thoroughly after you add water which takes a lot of work. Basically, if the weather is hot outside, you'll want to mix it kind of runny. If it's cold outside, keep it fairly thick.


Ready to mix cement is great for small projects. You want to mix it thoroughly after you add water which takes a lot of work. Basically, if the weather is hot outside, you'll want to mix it kind of runny. If it's cold outside, keep it fairly thick.



how to mix cement



Hand mixing cement is really hard. If you're doing a home foundation, call a cement company. They know what mix ratio is perfect and the job gets done really fast.

making a foundation



Now, let's set up foundation forms where we want to pour the cement. We need to start off with the footing framework. Footings are below the frost level.

footing forms

The footing will be a certain dimension according to the local building codes. The house foundation will rest upon the footing.

framing a foundation


After you have your framing forms put together, make sure to take a diagonal measurement from inside corner to opposite inside corner. The measurements needs to be exactly the same.

This will make sure the forms are in square. The walls need to be in square or nothing you build on top of them will fit very well.

home foundation

All concrete foundations need rebar to make them stronger. This is a building code. The footing will also have rebar sticking up where the foundation wall will be. This rebar will connect the foundation wall to the footing.


Once the footing has been poured and has had time to dry, we can prepare for the foundation walls.



placing anchor bolts


After the foundation wall has been poured, you will need to put anchor bolts into the wet cement. Anchor bolts hold the house onto the foundation. They are important that way.


foundation anchor bolts

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