usefullness of old cement.

have had some ready mixed cement stored in a shed for about a year or so.
although it's a bit solid, if i scrape at it, it then goes powdery, so i could mix it up.
could i use this old mix for anything? someone has told me if i do it will not have much strength? but even so i guess there are little jobs around the garden that dont require much strength?
is it likely to be of any use please?
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jw 111 wrote:

Not to me.
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It will deteriorate quickly so it is worthless.
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You could add more strength to it by mixing it with cement in a ratio of perhaps 1 part cement to 8 part ready mix concrete. Make sure you break up the ready mix really well first.
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If you had kept it indoors then it might be OK after a year, but I wouldn't push cement in a bag in a house much further than that.
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If you have a gravel driveway, just spread it into the gravel with a rake and let it add to the pavement filler.
If you are setting posts us it at the bottom where it doesn't need strength, it can act as filler there.
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G Henslee wrote:

Large paperweight? It will have very little strength.

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Yes, it'll still make weak concrete.
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snipped-for-privacy@milmac.com (Doug Miller) wrote:

Just mix it up and make small bricks with it, using cut off milk jugs or whatever. Should work spectacular when hit with a bullet! ;)
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Throw it away. It's no good.

You could mix it up, but it won't have any strength when it sets. You see, cement cures by a chemical reaction with the water that's added to it. In your bag of old cement, that reaction has already taken place, with humidity in the air. You can't make concrete with that stuff. It will set, but it will crumble the first time any stress is applied to it.

Sure - if your soil is too acidic, you can mix some of that cement into the soil to make it more alkaline.
In the winter, if your walk or driveway is covered with ice, you could spread some of it around to provide traction, and possibly help melt the ice.
If you have any plants you want to kill, you could dump it on top of them.

Not for making concrete. Just buy some more. It's cheap.
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LOL!
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Fred wrote:

for bedding flags on. No strenght required there
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You could try selling it to Barratts to go with everything else that's substandard about their houses, or you could mix it up and make some half pound balls to throw at Tony Blair when he comes round to your area on his election campaign. They won't hurt him, they'll just crumble on impact. In other words, I don't think it'll be any use for much else.

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