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Should I set wood fence posts in quikrete with no supplemental water?

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Setting wood fence post---I've heard to set wood fence posts using quikrete dry, allowing it get moisture from the ground. Is this a good idea?

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No. Unless you live in a swamp, there won't be enough moisture, and even if you do it won't be mixed with the cement properly. The concrete will be dry, crumbly, and have no strength. Just mix it like the directions say.

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It is a good idea if heavy mixing and shoveling aren't in your best interest.

Moisture is absorbed and distributed very well by capillary action and other mechanisms, and the concrete will eventually cure as well as if you had mixed it yourself.

It will take a while in some cases, so the drawback is that the post may move in the meantime.


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Should I set wood fence posts in quikrete with no supplemental water?

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Setting wood fence post---I've heard to set wood fence posts using quikrete dry, allowing it get moisture from the ground. Is this a good idea?


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No. Unless you live in a swamp, there won't be enough moisture, and even if you do it won't be mixed with the cement properly. The concrete will be dry, crumbly, and have no strength. Just mix it like the directions say.

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The concrete that cures in a bag is dry, crumbly, and weak, like I said. It's hard enough to be useless, but not good enough to be the foundation for anything. - iLikeDirt Mar 30 at 20:10

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