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'nother masonry question
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Tom A    Posted 05-28-2003 at 04:26:52       [Reply]  [Send Email]
OK, I'm just now going to get around to repointing the stonework in my old barn. I've got my tuck point trowel and mortar bag and all that stuff.

I'm really really slow, and plan on just making small amounts of mortar at a time. But I was wondering if I couldn't mix slightly larger amounts and leave it running in the mixer while I'm working with a bucketful at a time? How long can it mix in the mixer before it gets too mixed or too dry or however it spoils?


DeadCarp    Posted 05-28-2003 at 08:01:21       [Reply]  [No Email]
Whatever aggregate you're using, we used to use "plastic cement" in mortar. (dollar more than portland cement) That's supposed to sit a few minutes mixed, then plug the mixer in and "re-temper" it and it will come right back to nice. That way it's consistent & you can safely mix a little bigger batch.

careful    Posted 05-28-2003 at 07:47:40       [Reply]  [No Email]
yoou are better off dumping the mixer out into a pan. then heap the mortar up and moisten it. it will be dryer and heavier in the middle of the heap. hoe that out and use it first after it has sat for a while. we oftten take lunch brake then go back to the pan an work it off while labor mixes another batch of hod

Mike D.    Posted 05-28-2003 at 04:53:28       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hello Tom,
I know what you mean by slow. I have found a system that has really speeded up tuck & point work for me.
First thing you need is a good pair of heavy duty chemical resistant gloves. The last pair I bought was at HD for $7. They are made of a heavy latex material.
Mix the mortar a little dry. Without much trouble you can use your hands to pack the mortar into the joints and then 'strike' them using your point-up trowel and striking tool. This works especially well on stone walls.
I know it might sound nuts to you traditionalists, but it moves a lot of mortar fast for me.

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