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Old 04-16-2017, 09:24 AM   #16
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Guys, I came across some sand mix made by all star at menards. Is anybody familiar with the product.

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Old 04-16-2017, 11:54 AM   #17
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I've never seen it before. Does it say anywhere on the bag about what the sand/cement ratio is? Look at all the fine print on the back.
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Old 04-16-2017, 03:28 PM   #18
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Didn't see anything but when I pull up the sds sheet it goes to quickrete's website. I'm not going to bother.
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Old 04-16-2017, 03:31 PM   #19
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Yeah, I like using the same materials all the time. Then I know what I'm getting.
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Old 04-16-2017, 04:36 PM   #20
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Use sill-seal around perimeter.

Should I also use sill seal on the joint were the tub meets the mudbed.
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Old 04-16-2017, 04:49 PM   #21
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I would.
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Old 04-16-2017, 07:51 PM   #22
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Great, I will do that. Now that i think about it I've watched quite a few videos of professionals setting a mudbed in kitchens, hallways and basements. Never seen any kind of expansion joint. Seams like they pack right up to the wall and work there way around the areas. I will use the expansion joint, but just wanted your opinions on why that is. Is it just to impractical for a really large area?
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Old 04-16-2017, 08:42 PM   #23
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Using sill sealer around the perimeter is a good idea no matter the size of the area. People don't do it for the same reasons they use mastic and greenboard in showers...they either don't know, don't care, or think their way is fine because they claim they haven't had a call back in 20yrs and that's how great uncle Joe taught them how to do it.
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Old 04-17-2017, 09:35 AM   #24
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Well said!
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Old 08-30-2017, 06:50 AM   #25
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Hey guys looks like ill be mixing about 4 cu ft of mud. I'm going with Portland cement and sand. Were the heck do I mix all this up. Looks like about 8-9 bags. I would like to use the garage floor but that might leave a stain. Not sure if I could get a good mix using a wheelbarrow. What do you guys recommend? Thanks!
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Off Menards website:
I would guess it is similar to the quikrete sand mix, which is closer to 2:1 portland/sand. Just a guess...

Sand mix consists of a uniformly blended mixture of sand and Portland cement as well as other ingredients approved for use in high strength mortars.

Just add water and mix
Used for repairing and topping damaged concrete surfaces less than 2" thick
Chimney caps
Large crack repair
Thick beds of ceramic floor tile
Filling cores in masonry block walls
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Hey guys looks like ill be mixing about 4 cu ft of mud. I'm going with Portland cement and sand. Were the heck do I mix all this up. Looks like about 8-9 bags. I would like to use the garage floor but that might leave a stain. Not sure if I could get a good mix using a wheelbarrow. What do you guys recommend? Thanks!
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Eight or nine bags of what, Lou?

A bag of Portland, generally marked as somewhere between 92 and 94 pounds, is a cubic foot. That would mix with five cubic feet of sand to make five cubic feet of deck mud.

You have a different plan?
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Hi Lou,

If measuring cubic feet of sand is too cumbersome, it equates to 45-50 shovels per sack of portland. That would be a gravel shovel with the straight nose.
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Old 08-30-2017, 04:09 PM   #30
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My bad guys. The floor area is 58" x 88" x 1.25" thick. I used the calculator on this site. It came up with 74 lbs. Cement and 370 lbs sand. 5:1 mix.

Is that correct? My biggest concern was were to mix?
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