In which I fill my hole with quick setting cement — 8 Comments

  1. Nice of you to free off the old gate just in time for the onslaught of local and euro election canvassers!

    • Hence my line – "people can now come and go as I please".  Not as they please.  I'm not daft.

  2. Ah, that would be the gate that you were asking advice about a few months ago that needed sorting PDQ, yes?

    Not bad going, mate. Can't be more than six months since you were going to fix it. I'm impressed with your alacrity. You should be able to get the car out by November. 🙂

    • PDQ generally means within a year or so.  I don't believe in rushing things and anyway, don't I have all the time in the world?

  3. That's funny, GD….the old man and I were just talking about that cement yesterday!….He told me that you just put water in the hole, add cement powder!…I didn't believe him!…Craaaaaaaaaap!…Must I tell him that he was right?

    • To be honest, I wouldn't have believed it either, until I tried it and it does work.

      Tell him he doesn't know what he's talking about.  😉

  4. A friend of mine who is a professional fencer (the kind who builds fences, not fences goods or likes to poke people with sabers) taught me a neat trick similar to the one you used for your gate post. He called it "dry cementing". Dig your post hole, stick your post in and pour your ready mix cement into the post hole while making sure the post is fairly level. No need to add water at all. Even if the ready mix isn't "quick drying" the post isn't going anywhere with the dry cement packed around it so it's good for planting posts in wet ground. Even in dry-ish ground the cement will draw in any water from the soil and a fair rain will finish the job. I do see why you need the quick drying stuff for gate posts though.

    • I could have used the dry method but seeing as the gate was impassable during the setting process I wanted to get it set as quickly as possible.  The dry method would be ideal in a situation where the post is part of a rigid [or nearly rigid] structure such as decking or a gazebo or something?

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