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How to Pour Dry QUIKRETE Into Holes

By John DeMerceau ; Updated September 21, 2017
Quikrete can be used to secure a goalpost in a lawn or playing field.

Quikrete Fast-Setting Concrete Mix is used to set posts in holes that are dug in the ground. You might use Quikrete to install a basketball net or other sports equipment, or to secure a lamp post in your lawn or garden. Unlike traditional cement or concrete mix, you use Quikrete by pouring it dry, out of the bag, into the hole and then pouring water into the hole without mixing. Once the mixture has sufficiently set, you can mount objects onto the pole or otherwise begin to use it.

Place the pole in the hole and stand it straight.

Make sure the post hole is three times the diameter of the post and that its depth is one-half the height of the part of the pole that will stand aboveground. Dig out additional space as necessary.

Pour enough Quikrete dry mix into the hole so that it reaches three to four inches from the top of the hole. Pour a first layer of 2 feet, 6 inches of Quikrete in the event you are filling a hole that is deeper than that.

Pour water in until the mixture is saturated; the average amount of water needed is 1 gallon of water per 50-pound bag of dry mix.

Allow the Quikrete to set for about 20 to 40 minutes before you fill the remainder of the hole with soil or, for a deep hole, another layer of Quikrete and water mix.

Wait at least four hours before placing any heavy objects, such as a basketball basket or a lamp housing, on the pole.


Things You Will Need

  • Bucket
  • Shovel

About the Author


John DeMerceau is an American expatriate entrepreneur, marketing analyst and Web developer. He now lives and works in southeast Asia, where he creates websites and branding/marketing reports for international clients. DeMerceau graduated from Columbia University with a Bachelor of Arts in history.