Thank you in advance for your help.
My first time pouring concrete ended with quite an embarrassing result. Lots of honeycombing in the concrete. This is for a pier that will hold a post for a deck build with 1 inch above grade. The deck is a 16 X 20 deck about 23 inches tall. A few questions:
Will this be strong enough to support the deck? If not, is there anything that can be done to make it so? Or is this is a completely tear out and redo? If a tear out, how would you go about it?
What went wrong? I have quite a few more to do, so would like to do those correctly. I used a board and compacted the concrete as I went--every couple of bags. Maybe not enough water? When I reached the top I didn't do a good job of compacting as I was concerned with getting the anchor bolt in before drying. But even lower, it looks like there is quite a bit of honeycombing. Some areas are ok.
Is there a trick to knowing how much water to use when mixing? I tried following the instructions on the bag, but found it to be very insufficient. The mix was still dry in several places so I just tried to guesstimate the right amount.