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0.88 oz. Concrete Pharmacy Set Control

  • Effectively reduces the cement's setting time for easy finishing
  • 0.88 oz. controller delays the setting time by 20 minutes per bag
  • Used in conjunction with all rapid set cement
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Product Overview

Rapid Set SET Control slows down the setting time of cement giving you more time to place and finish your concrete, mortar, and grout materials. Extra time is often needed when making large or intricate placement of more than one cubic foot of grout, mortar, or concrete. SET Control works to slow down the hardening of cement in warm weather. 1 packet of SET Control will extend the setting time by about 20 minutes in normal conditions. Use up to 4 packets per 50- to 70-lb. bag of Rapid Set. SET Control is designed for use with Rapid Set cement products and most other packaged hydraulic cements.

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Specifications

Dimensions

Coverage Area (cu. ft.)
0
Product Depth (in.)
5
Product Height (in.)
0.25
Product Length (in.)
4

Details

Color Family
Clear
Compression Strength (psi)
0
Features
No Additional Features
Material
Concrete
Product Weight (lb.)
0.055
Use Location
Ceiling,Floor,Wall
Working Time (min.)
20

Warranty / Certifications

Manufacturer Warranty
1 Year Limited Warranty

Questions & Answers

16Questions13Answers

Can this be used to create an exposed aggregate surface, like using a liquid retarder if mixed wi...

Asked by Sam May 2, 2021
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Hello there, The Set Control additive is used to slow down the initial setting time when applying our core products. These packets give you an additional 15-25 minutes of working time when mixed with our products.

Can rapid set brand set control can it be used with hydraulic cement

Asked by Miller October 22, 2020
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Our rapid set set control is designed to for use with our csa cement which is in our products.

Is this pure citric acid?

Asked by Cj September 14, 2020
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Can this be used with Newcrete? One of the product experts wrote that FLOW does not react with Ne...

Asked by Frank May 28, 2020
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Yes, it will. Newcrete is CSA cement, and Citric Acid retards CSA cements. SET control is just citric acid from the documentation that I've seen.

Can this be used with quikrete concrete

Asked by Seven May 27, 2020
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Citric Acid (what SET control is made of) retards CSA cements. Quikrete is OPC (ordinary portland cement). I don't believe citric acid is the preferred retarder for OPC. From what I understand gypsum is more commonly used in that case.

Will this reduce the high heat output of Cement-All when it cures? It gets so hot it melts/compro...

Asked by SamAlama April 15, 2020
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This will not reduce the heat output of the curing temperature. It only slows down the curing time. Thanks

I am about to pour a concrete countertop using Rapid Set Mortar. I plan to use RAPID SET control...

Asked by TO March 27, 2020
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Sure, you can use both products together and by reducing water content by adding FLOW CONTROL you will increase the final strength and durability of your countertop.

Concrete taking yo long to set up what can I use

Asked by Thompson February 19, 2020
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If you use Rapid Set concrete, which normally has a 15 minute cure rate, you can control it with the addition of Set Control, which slows it down, without adding additional water, and without weakening the resulting concrete. You add as much Set Control as you need to slow it down to whatever you like. They also have a Flow Control additive that thins out the concrete, again without adding water so it does not weaken the resulting concrete. You can use both of these additives together if you like. Also using colder water slows down the cure rate.

can i use the flow control and set control together

Asked by james January 21, 2019
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Yes, absolutely. I have done so.

If I am using 4 packets per 60lb bag of concrete does it mean it will offset setting time by 80 m...

Asked by Joe November 3, 2018
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Hi Joe, Per product description on Home Depot site "0.88 oz. controller delays the setting time by 20 minutes per bag" and instructions on the package "Use 1 to 4 packets per 50-lb to 70-lb bag of Rapid Set cement products to achieve the desired working time." Quite vague directions, so the short answer - you need to play with formulation but "Do NOT exceed 4 packets per 50- to 60-lb. bag of Rapid Set®" (per instructions from .pdf file). Hope it helps!

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Customer Reviews

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The " RAPID SET CONCRETE PHARMACY SET CONTROL " worked pretty well. 1 pouch retards set time of r...
The " RAPID SET CONCRETE PHARMACY SET CONTROL " worked pretty well. 1 pouch retards set time of rapid set products by 20 minutes. You simple mix it into your cement mix slowly while mixing, make sure it is fully incorporated and use. Easy to use. so what this allows you to do is give you a bit more time to work the mix prior to starting to harden. You will need multiple packets for 1-bag of cement(up to 5-packets per bag).
by Napoli1AS
This product is used to delay the setting of rapid-set concrete and increase the working time. It...
This product is used to delay the setting of rapid-set concrete and increase the working time. It's pretty easy to use, I took half a 50 pound bag of concrete, dumped it into a wheelbarrow and mixed it for a control, then did the same with the other half but sprinkled the retarder additive over the dry mixture before adding water. There was a increase in the set time for the mixture with the additive, but I didn't notice any difference in working the actual material when it was first poured. According to the instructions, one can use up to 4 of these packets for one standard size bag of ready-mix, I'm assuming that more packets means more work time. This was a small test batch so I'm not sure how easy it would be to actually determine how many packets were needed for the work that was needed. I recently installed fence posts and think this would have been a good use as the regular set time was just a tad bit too short for installing fence posts by my self.
by Johnf
RAPID SET 0.88 OZ. CONCRETE PHARMACY SET CONTROL slows down the hardening of concrete in warm wea...
RAPID SET 0.88 OZ. CONCRETE PHARMACY SET CONTROL slows down the hardening of concrete in warm weather. Very affordable, it allows you about twenty extra minutes to move your project around, especially helpful when working with large and or intricate designs. Use up to four packets in 70-80 pound bags. You can use this treatment with Rapid Set concrete as well as other concrete brands.
by PhilWA
RAPID SET 0.88 OZ. CONCRETE PHARMACY SET CONTROL sure works as it claims. I did not wait for full...
RAPID SET 0.88 OZ. CONCRETE PHARMACY SET CONTROL sure works as it claims. I did not wait for full 20 minutes to see if it slowing it down, but i can see marked difference. Before i used it vs after i used it i can see the setting time has increased giving me more time to play with the cement as needed. Was using it for the flooring and gap filling the basement
by HomeDepotCustomer
Rapid Set 0.88 oz. Concrete Pharmacy Set Control I'm using Rapid Set to mortar for tuck pointing ...
Rapid Set 0.88 oz. Concrete Pharmacy Set Control I'm using Rapid Set to mortar for tuck pointing with a grout bag. It makes a magical difference in how the mortar flows. Otherwise, I would have to make the mortar too watery and that is not good. The Rapid set gives me about 20-30 minutes of working time, which is just about right for one bag. (Obviously, don't mix more in one batch than you can use in < 30 minutes!). I'd recommend that instead of adding the mixture to the mortar or grout; rather add it to the water you're going to mix with the mortar or grout. Mix it into your water and actually let it set over night. The longer you let it set, it seems the better it works, overnight is sufficient though. Actually, I think by doing it this way, you can get more volume of treated mortar or grout.
by frljo1
2 people found this helpful
I can not confirm the performance of the CONCRETE PHARMACY SET CONTROL - just received the item. ...
I can not confirm the performance of the CONCRETE PHARMACY SET CONTROL - just received the item. Need that for my work on cement floor multiple cracks. The work is tedious and time consuming. Fast setting cement is not a good option for me, hope this item can help and extend a time I can work with cement water blend (I am not doing this type of projects often). One fact I did not like - packaging. Single 0.88 oz bag should help with ~12-18 lb mixture, while I plan for maybe 5-7 lbs to fix cracks. So, I will need to meter ~1/2 of bag for my application. Most important I am not sure for how long I can store the rest of the product once plastic bag is opened. Recommendation to producer would be to come up with more convenient packaging for storage (zip lock) and metering (acknowledge that current packaging is cheap and any other type will add to the cost a little, however, someone may pay if he/she wants convenience).
by dvk
This Rapid Set product is unique in the fact that it slows down the currying time when working wi...
This Rapid Set product is unique in the fact that it slows down the currying time when working with concrete and grout mixes. I'm use to do some concrete work around the house and we would use rapid set to hurry up and get the floor to set up so we could start building on it. This allows you to do stone work with cement and shift the stones to give them a better look. The instructions are very easy to understand. The compound dissolves quickly and evenly into the concrete mix. It slows the mixture down to give more than ample time to work it to shape and mold it
by Medic7314
Great idea!! This slows the process of cement drying. In this case if it dries too fast in wil...
Great idea!! This slows the process of cement drying. In this case if it dries too fast in will not seep into the little crevices in the ground next to the brick pavers. Use 1 bag or up to 4, depending on the time you want the cement to set. I put 3 50 pound bags and 6 packets to do the edging on our pavers. It dried perfectly. The second layer we let dry normally.
by MITCHIE
6 people found this helpful
Smart thinking! Whenever I mix concrete, it is a battle to smooth it out before it sets! I love t...
Smart thinking! Whenever I mix concrete, it is a battle to smooth it out before it sets! I love that this simple additive can slow down the process. It looks like sugar, so please keep it out of the kitchen! One to four packages is good for 50-70 pound bag of rapid set products. More packets equal more working time. And make sure to wear protective gear! I love this stuff!!!!
by Steph
9 people found this helpful
This is one of the two great additives for Rapid Set cement products. Rapid Set is my favorite fa...
This is one of the two great additives for Rapid Set cement products. Rapid Set is my favorite family of cement products because of the instantaneous high strength. The one drawback is the speed with which I have to work with it since it sets up so fast. This additive (set control) slows it down so there is more time to work with the product and I can mix a larger batch at one time.. Without this additive the diy is left with using cold water, small amounts mixed at once, and no margin for error. This set control additive makes a bigger job manageable.
by Chance
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