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The first step in making our concrete flag and sparker holders is to mix up a small batch of RapidSet Cement All. This sets up in about 45 minutes to one hour rather than a full day for regular concrete. According to package directions, mix one part water to four parts cement. My method is to add the cement and then slowly add water and mix well until about the consistency of brownie batter. When working with cement/concrete always wear gloves as well as eye and nose protection.
This is an alternative to drilling into the concrete later. If you don't have a drill you can put a straw into the concrete. Close up one end with tape and push into the center of the concrete. I waited five minutes before adding this. Cut off the excess after the concrete has cured. Depending on the diameter of the straw you use, you may have to add a little sand inside the straw to help the flag stand up straight. I wouldn't use a sparker with a plastic straw for obvious reasons.
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