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Would I be able to use Elmer's glue as a super placticizer for making cement or concrete stepping stones?
By Annie from Boulder City, NV
Yes you can, but what you want to use is regular Elmer's Concrete Bonder or Elmer's Probond. It's used to bond new concrete to old. When mixed into the concrete it acts as fortifier making your stepping stones stronger and more weather resistant.
All you need to do is follow the instructions on a bag of cement. It's simply the cement and water. Using anything other than in the instructions will weaken the final product.
My experience making stepping stones, I just used the concrete mix without rocks. There is a fiber additive you can mix in but don't really need it. Trick is to tap mold to remove as much air as possible then let them cure slowly. I let them set in the mold a day in the shade, then turned them out onto a tarp, and let them dry about a week in the shade. Good luck!
Not sure why you thought u needed glue as previous posters have said it is mostly cement and water according to the instructions on your bag of cement. If it was to use as a sealer, unless it is NOT water soluble (eg. Elmer's school glue IS water soluble.) I would think your best bet for sealing would be an actual clear sealer for cement, usually sold in home improvement stores.
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Joyce from Near South Bend, IN
Both types of concrete will work just fine, but quick setting concrete will give you faster results and it's usually cheaper. If you're looking for something other than standard gray concrete, you can create various colors using a cement/mortar tint. These products can be found at most hardware or home improvement stores. They really allow you to jazz things up a bit or even match the color to your home's foundation or to other elements in your landscaping. Some products are mixed in and change the color of the entire body of concrete, while others are applied as tints after the concrete sets and cures.
In regard to the correct water-to-concrete ratio, different mixes will harden at different rates depending on the air temperature during curing, the temperature of the water added, and the percent of cement in the mix. As a general rule, the more cement the faster the concrete cures. Also, the less water (or more cement) the stronger the concrete. Try a 4:1 ratio (4 parts mix, 1 part water) to start with. You can always add more water. Aim for a not-too-thick but not-too-thin consistency similar to brownie batter. Stepping stones need to be durable, so a slow, damp and cool cure is best for producing the strongest finished product. In other words, cover the form with a damp cloth while it cures and keep it out of direct sunlight.
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I used the concrete calculator: http://www.concretenetwork.com/concrete/howmuch/calculator.htm
It says you'd need .01 cubic yards. There also may be information on there about the amount of water to mix in. Because it is such a small amount, look on the bag of concrete as to how much it makes and divide accordingly.
The thing that is nice about Quikcrete is that it is all mixed, rock added, and gives instructions for how much water to add to mix it up. I'd recommend that if you are only making two. It also comes in smaller bags. (09/01/2006)