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Concrete being mixed in a wheelbarrow with a shovel

Overview

There are plenty of jobs that require a small amount of concrete. Learning this basic technique for mixing concrete in a wheelbarrow can really come in handy. We also show you the tools you'll need to do the job properly.

Steps

1Prepare to mix the concrete

Ready-mix concrete contains powdered lime, which is quite corrosive. Before you start, make sure you wear safety glasses, a dust mask and a pair of gloves. Then put the contents of the ready-mix bag into your wheelbarrow and pour some water over the top. The instructions on the pack will tell you how much.

2Mix the concrete and water together

Use a square mouth shovel to dig under the dry ready-mix powder and fold it into the wet section. Then work moisture through to the bottom using a stabbing motion across the surface of the mixture. Then alternate between folding and stabbing with your shovel until the texture is consistent. 

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Health & Safety

Asbestos, lead-based paints and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber are health hazards you need to look out for when renovating older homes. These substances can easily be disturbed when renovating and exposure to them can cause a range of life-threatening diseases and conditions including cancer. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page.

When following our advice in our D.I.Y. videos, make sure you use all equipment, including PPE, safely by following the manufacturer’s instructions. Check that the equipment is suitable for the task and that PPE fits properly. If you are unsure, hire an expert to do the job or talk to a Bunnings Team Member.