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About Quick Set Concrete

By Chad Hunter ; Updated September 21, 2017

Quick-set concrete is a mixture of cement, dry products, sand and chemicals that trigger fast setting. Quick-set concrete is used for repair jobs where speed and efficiency are exceptionally important.

Function

Quick-set concrete is used primarily for jobs where speed is of the essence. It can also be used with normal concrete to add volume (however, this alters the regular setting time). It can also be used for repairing damaged concrete and setting logs, mail boxes, fencing posts and benches.

Benefits

The key benefit of quick-set concrete is its ability to set faster than normal concrete. In situations where downtime must be kept to a minimum, quick-set concrete is perfect. It also has the benefits of normal concrete in being solid and sturdy for construction and building projects, whether at home or elsewhere.

Misconceptions

Some people think that quick-set concrete hardens instantly or that once it's poured, it turns to stone in a matter of seconds. While quick-set concrete is fast, it still can take days to reach maximum strength and consistency.

Warning

Quick-set concrete is not suggested for use with aluminum substrates. Quick-set concrete can cause corrosion and wear when in contact with aluminum. Also, as with any concrete and cement, keep the mixture away from your eyes and mouth, and wash your hands repeatedly when in constant contact.

Considerations

Quick-set concrete should be considered for any projects where time is an issue and you need the sturdiness and strength of concrete and cement, such as setting mailboxes and fencing posts, setting logs into solid positions and securing benches for parks or backyard positioning.

 

About the Author

 

Chad Hunter is a freelance writer and author. Hunter began writing professionally in 1993 and has written for AskMen.com, Baton Rouge Parenting and additional newsletters, magazines and online publications. He holds a Bachelor of Science in computer networking from Purdue. Hunter is also a guest lecturer.