A.Bob Shuldes responds: The strength of your 1-2-3 mix should be very good, but will vary somewhat depending on the water content (water/cement ratio). If you use 4.5 gallons of water per bag of cement, the strength will be 5,800 psi; at 5 gal. per bag, 5,300 psi; at 5.5 gal. per bag, 4,800 psi; at 6 gal. per bag, 4,300 psi; and at 6.5 gal. per bag, 3,900 psi.

Bob Shuldes, P.E., is a consulting engineer at the Portland Cement Association in Skokie, Ill.

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