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Ok dumb inquiry time. As several of you may recognize Im still new to the brick laying trade. So far I have only done some tiny projects and heve been making use of the premixed morter. I now have a task that would certainly be better using some sand and also cement and also mixing my own morter. What I require to understand is what is the best mix ratio. I have actually looked about the internet and found a few charts that only confuse me. Therefore I number that i had better consult the all knowing wise masters on this one. Thanks in advancement Smitty
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Ahh, mortar mix design, my favourite subject. The answer is the you need to use the ideal mix because that what you space laying, wherein you are laying it and when.The mix the you can"t normally go wrong through is 1-1-3, portland-type S lime-masonry sand. Workable, great bond strength and enough lime to encourage autogenous healing.The important thing come remember is that the proportions are by volume. Portland cement is bagged in a 1 CuFt bag (94#), as is lime (50#). A five gallon bucket filled to the peak ring (not the top of the bucket) is additionally 1 CuFt.
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ok ...Standard red brick - on top of concrete - and today (winter/spring. Wet no freeze)correct me if i misunderstand this ...one bag (1 cu ft.) 94# portland form "S" cementone bag (1 cu ft.) 50# lime3 cu ft masonry sand (3 buckets fill to an initial ring)OR (?)1 shovel cement 1 shovel lime3 shovel sand(My mixer is only a 2 cu ft.)Correct???
mixi phone call my hand to mix it:10 shovels(square allude and full)sand, one bag mason cement,8 shovel of sand.so you end up v 18 sands and also one bag of mason.if i am laying artifical stone i use 1 or 2 much less sands and add one shovel portland.if we are mixing grout 18 sands,bag of portland,18 sands.if the miz is too wet,on mason girlfriend can include 3 shovels sand to one shovel mason.4 sand come 1 portland.
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What execute you want.. A measuring cup? And form S is for high compression strenght and also has a high bond. I normally dont use form S for normal house construction. And also Im only assuming thats what her doing. I normally use form N. Ns mix the generally add water, 10 sand, the bag of mortar, then usually I add anywhere native 8-10 an ext sand and adjust the water to obtain consistancy together needed. Various companies it seems ~ to take different quantities of water to get the exact same constistancy mud you get from the bag that mortar and 18-20 shovels of sand. ( I use a spade in mine sandpiles)And favor stacker said for fake stone. I usually go less sand while lickin em and also stickin em to get it "tackier".

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1 gallon or 5 gallon buckets work fine. Type N is fine for pretty lot anything, also structural CMU, yet I still prefer type S for everything however soft stone and hardwood fired brick.It doesn"t take a lot of of difference in the quantity of sand to adjust the color, also without integral color.
Have make the efforts to remain out of this, yet do want to include a few thoughts.I have seen masons usage all kinds of mixes---any thing from heavy lime to portland ratios to pure portland and sand. Operated on one job where they provided a triple beam analytical range to proportion everything, however then that entire job was sort of strange over a 30 year time structure I discovered that kind n , no lime, and also a tiny portland functioned well for me. Then when the form s started showing up, I began to usage it without adding that little bit the portland. A quite workable mix . Sand would constantly be in a 3-1 ratio an ext or less, yet again, I uncovered that various sand resources would impact that too. Home owner obtained us some "sugar sand" to job-related with over in east Texas once, and it take it a bag of kind s, 1/2 bag portland, and around 40 shovel of sand just to make a decent wheelbarrow the mud. My common sand source would provide me 2 decent wheelbarrows native a bag of type s and also around 20 shovels sand. I only use lime and portland if there isn"t any masonry cement available.Now having actually said all that-- the proportion is generally in the 3 sand come 1 cement range, however in my opinion, it"s the feel of the mud on the trowel the is the most an essential component of any mix, and that is wherein a an excellent mud man deserve to make a crew, or a negative one will save the masons aggravated all day long.Just my 2 cents about mud.JVC