3 Benefits of Fast-Setting Concrete

Danny pouring a slab
Quikrete Fast-Setting Concrete Mix is great for small projects (like installing a lamp post) and large ones (like pouring a slab).

Standard concrete isn’t the only way to secure something in the ground, and for some jobs, there’s an easier alternative.

Here are three benefits of fast-setting concrete.

Man pouring concrete
Using Quikrete Fast-Setting Concrete Mix can turn weekend projects into a day’s work.

1. It requires no mixing for small projects.

For small jobs, like installing a mailbox post, do you really need to whip out a wheelbarrow and do all the mixing that standard concrete requires?

You don’t if you use Quikrete Fast-Setting Concrete Mix. It couldn’t be easier — just dig a hole, pour in the dry mix and soak with water!

No tools are needed, and it’s the simplest way to add strength and structure to any small project.

Hand holding stopwatch, budget and two mechanical ratchets

2. It sets fast and shortens jobs.

Fast-Setting Concrete Mix got its name for a reason: after you’ve applied it, there’s not much of a wait before it works.

It sets in just 20 to 40 minutes, compared to standard concrete, which could take anywhere from 24 to 48 hours. So, if you’re installing fence posts, you can install one and move to the next one, keeping a steady pace.

And you can hang fencing and other heavy loads on a post set with fast-setting concrete in just four hours. That means a project that might have taken a weekend with standard concrete could easily become a day’s work!

Slab
You can pour a slab with Quikrete Fast-Setting Concrete — just mix it with water first.

3. You can use it like standard concrete.

Sure, fast-setting concrete makes quick work of installing a mailbox post, but that doesn’t mean you can’t use it on larger projects, too.

If you already have a bag of fast-setting concrete mix lying around and need to pour a slab, you don’t have to head to the home center to buy standard concrete — just use the fast-setting mix.

First, construct a form with 2-by-4s, place a gravel base inside, and dampen the form and gravel.
Then place the recommended amount of water into a mixer and add fast-setting concrete until it’s the right consistency.
Finally, pour the concrete mix evenly into the form.

Here are complete instructions.

Fast-setting concrete’s versatility means you don’t have to always keep two types of concrete mix on hand — which saves you money — and who doesn’t love that?

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