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Concrete conspiracy?

wet bag of ready mix concrete

As long as I can remember Ready-Mix concrete has come in paper bags.

I'm thinking they could use something more sturdy... like the material our cat, dog, and chicken feed bags are made of, but that would mean less waste, which would equal less profits.

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Ive seen a lot of walls made with just the concrete still in the bags. THey just make the walls using the bags like bricks. I think I have mostly seen them in culverts, if the bags were not paper then the concrete wouldnt be able to soak up water and cure.
Comment by David Mon Oct 31 18:46:56 2011
That makes a lot of sense and would explain why they use paper bags. We clearly just need to get better about only buying as much quickcrete as we can use in one sitting (tough when it takes so long to get to the store) or finding a really dry place to store it.
Comment by anna Mon Oct 31 19:08:28 2011

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