Bricklaying mortar

Discussion in 'Builders' Talk' started by Carp Addict, May 25, 2007.

  1. Carp Addict

    Carp Addict New Member

    What is the best mix ratio for mortar for practising your brickwork,so you can take the wall down and start it again and keep re-using the mortar?
    Cheers,Jace
     
  2. mack4

    mack4 New Member

    Try 1 of lime and 3 of sand.
     
  3. get one of these and you wont need to practice
     
  4. Stoday

    Stoday New Member

    Hopefully you do know there are 2 basic types of sand. Soft and sharp. You need soft.
     
  5. Carp Addict

    Carp Addict New Member

    Cheers for that mack 4,yep i knew that stoday but cheers for the help,also i would use that bricky tool,i want to be able to get good without that!!!
    jace
     
  6. Carp Addict

    Carp Addict New Member

    i meant i would use that tool!!!
     
  7. Carp Addict

    Carp Addict New Member

    wouldnt use it,sorry my typing is ** lol!!!

    [Edited by: admin5]
     
  8. brickyandthensome

    brickyandthensome New Member

    I have been going to bricklaying classes for the last year
    During which time I have completed a number of projects
    The mix we use is 0ne of lime to five of building sand.
    We use the same mortar over and over again,just add water to re-activate the dried mix.
     
  9. ­

    ­ New Member

    > I have been going to bricklaying classes for the last
    year
    During which time I have completed a number of
    projects
    The mix we use is 0ne of lime to five of building
    sand.
    We use the same mortar over and over again,just add
    water to re-activate the dried mix.


    They probably mix it in a 'forced action' mixer as this crushes out all the bits of brick and detritus. A normal mixer can't do this.
     
  10. deacon

    deacon New Member

    I have been going to bricklaying classes for the
    last
    [/b]year
    During which time I have completed a number of
    projects
    The mix we use is 0ne of lime to five of building
    sand.
    We use the same mortar over and over again,just

    add
    water to re-activate the dried mix.

    They probably mix it in a 'forced action' mixer as
    this crushes out all the bits of brick and detritus.
    A normal mixer can't do this.

    Thats right , the mixer in question if still around uses a steel wheel 100mm across and turns inside a huge drum and basically crushes it back to a smooth paste , an ordinary mixer may well do this but it will take time and probably be to wet.
     
  11. brickyandthensome

    brickyandthensome New Member

    Just returned from holiday and seen the replies.
    We use an ordinary mixer and there has never been any problem.You should not get any bits of brick in the mix so long as you are careful when cleaning the mortar off when you are knocking down your project,if you do, you can pick them out.
    The lime mortar is not a problem to re-mix.
     
  12. imallwaysright

    imallwaysright New Member

    I also have attended a x2 year bricklaying course and i totally agree with you and your answer to the the question of mix using sand and lime and the use of mixer.5&1 lime is fine.
     
  13. ccasement

    ccasement Member

    hello

    does it have to be 1 lime to 5 building sand can it not be 1 cement to 5 building sand??

    can you buy bags of lime from wickes???


    thanks
    ciaran
     
  14. evo nut

    evo nut New Member

    can you buy bags of lime from wickes???

    no, tesco's;-)
     
  15. plastererboy

    plastererboy New Member

    brickyandthensome, which type of lime did you use in the bricky course? Cheers
     
  16. NotMyRealName

    NotMyRealName New Member

    You gotta laugh...

    I recently purchased some ready mixed mortar to do a bit of brick laying on a shed base. I went that route because I haven't done any bricklaying for years and couldn't remember the ratio when I got to the store.

    I decided to mix up small batches and set to work. After a few hours I was really pleased with the results - it was all neat and perfectly aligned to my string. I just needed a little more mortar needed to finish up.... but wait what's this in the bottom of the bag...oh no it's a little bag of cement!

    Names have been changed to protect the embarassed :)
     
  17. ­

    ­ New Member

    Similar story: Someone I know...... Tiled a complete kitchen using adhesive supplied by the customer. The adhesive was two tubs in a cardboard box. Top tub had the word 'adhesive' on the lid.

    He had nearly finished all the tiling but needed a bit more adhesive from the second tub.

    He lifted the tub out of the cardboard box and saw the word 'Hardener' on the lid.

    Bu66er!
     
  18. busy builder

    busy builder New Member

    Use hydrogenated lime.
     
  19. ccasement

    ccasement Member

    rude i was only asking but i will take it as a yes you can buy it from wickes
     

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