DIY Cement Slurry Whisk
I find that mixing the cement slurry well before adding the foam is an easily overlooked challenge. It's difficult to know if my cement is thoroughly mixed unless I put my hand down there and feel around. The mixer paddle is a good start, but I find it leaves an ungodly amount of sludge, clumps, blobs, and even chunks. I got tired of squishing, smearing, and mooshing and decided to whisk it. I took a couple feet of 3/4" sch 40 PVC pipe and twisted it into a 13/16" (30mm) hole saw. I drilled a 1/4" hole nearish the bottom and filled that hole with wire marking flags. I used pliers to curve the wires just so. I am pleased with the result.
After making an initial pass with the mixer paddle, I whisked up my slurry with this gadget and bingo was his name-o. I felt around down there and found next to nothing but smooth, silky cement batter just waiting for foam. !
In the video you'll see how it wobbles because I left the flags on. I recommend taking the darn things off before using the whisk.
I'd recommend using a round container. :)
Zander, this is why I am a member of this forum. Bright creative inventive people come up with great ideas. I have wondered if the amount of Portland which did not get mixed up in the bottom of my drum had a major effect on my first bath failing. It was maybe 2-3 cups of Portland not mixed. I think that may well have been enough to throw the pour off.
I will be making the famous Zander whisk before mixing my next batch.
Thanks for the clever idea.
@zander brilliant idea
@gemniii A definite yes to the round container concept. My rectangular tub comes complete with extra deep pockets in the corners for additional challenge.
hajjargibran last edited by
Nice job Zander!
nderwater last edited by
Another effective, low cost solution. Terrific!