How to Mix Cement without Sand


A normal concrete normally consists of cement, water and sand. This is a standard practice of mixture being used all over the world. All of us know that sand is the most customary aggregate additive that works very well with cement. Apart from sand, actually you can use lots of other aggregates suitable enough to work just as good as sand that include crushed stone, gravel and chunks of old concrete. However, the most important part when you are mixing cement either using sand or without is the ratio of the components that you are using. It is recommended that you follow the standard guideline that ranges from 60 to 75 percent aggregate material mixed with 10 to 15 percent cement. As for the water usage, you need at least 15 to 20 percent of water which also depend on the aggregate that you use.

To mix cement without sand, you need:

  • Water
  • Shovel
  • Mixing surface
  • Aggregate

Mixing Cement without Sand

How to Mix Cement without Sand

  • First thing that you need to do is to determine the aggregate material that you wanted to use in order to replace the sand.
    • A good replacement for sand that you can use is crushed stone. It is recommended because it blends in nicely with cement just like the combination of sand and cement.
    • Whatever material that you choose, you need to bear in mind that aggregates like sand measure less than 3/8-inch in diameter.
  • Then, you need to calculate the aggregate, along with cement and water mixture based on the type of aggregate that you have chosen along with its moisture content.

The calculation process will be a trial and error process especially if you are using unfamiliar mixture. Sufficient cement and water need to be used in order to cover the aggregate material so that they can all hold together very well.

  • The next step is to pour the cement aggregate onto your mixing surface before you start to add water to the mixture gradually following guidelines provided by its manufacturer.
    • Turn over the mixture by using your shovel so that they blend together until it reach a smooth consistency and finally you would be able to see the cement and water paste coats on all the aggregate. It is now ready to be used to cement any bricks that you want.

    Always remember that if you want to mix cement without sand,

    • Another option is for you to use ready mix cement that does not require you to add sand into it. You only need to mix the ready mix cement with water to create the cement that you want. When you have mixed them together, it is already become a cement and ready to be used.
    • You must make sure to add water to the ready mix cement gradually in order not to over saturate the ready mix cement.

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