Concrete Recipes – Is "Homemade" Better Than A Pre-Mix?

Concrete Pre-Mix Products vs. A “Make It From Scratch” Recipe

I received an email from “Stoner” asking me:

I have been using a regular pre bagged “sand mix” cement for my concrete leaves. Is there a benefit to using something that I mix together myself ? Thanks. Stoner

My reply:

Hi Stoner:

Well, not necessarily. I mean, if you are very successful with and happy with the results of using the premix … “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!” 😀  But of course, mixing your own ‘tufa or concrete recipe(s) allows you to tweak it, so that the recipe accomplishes what you want it to “do”.

Such as – maybe you want a really thin, yet very strong leaf casting. In this case, you might want to use an even finer sand than what comes in your premix, etc.

And then of course, you might want to add reinforcing fibers or a bonding agent, but of course that could be added into your premix.

I guess the point is, “it all depends” upon your desired outcome.

And perhaps mixing up your own might be a cost savings … don’t know what you’re paying for premix versus non-premix.

Good luck with all your projects!

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