Mixing Mortar | Video

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    Project Instructions

    When working with mixing mortar, always wear eye protection and waterproof gloves.

    Step 1
    Measure the recommended water amount for the number of bags to be added to the mixer and pour half of the water into the mixer (an 80-pound bag of Mason Mix will require about 5 quarts of water). If using liquid cement color, add to the mixing water.

    NOTE: add the water to the mixer before adding the dry mix.

    Step 2
    Add the dry mix into the mixer and allow the mortar to mix for about a minute, then add the remaining water as necessary.

    Step 3
    Continue to mix for 3-5 minutes, until a uniform, workable consistency is achieved.

    Step 4
    Let the mortar sit undisturbed for about 3-5 minutes to allow the fine aggregate in the mix to fully saturate

    TIP: if additional water is needed, add small amounts of water sparingly.

    Step 5
    Test the consistency of the mortar by gently “snapping” the trowel downward to remove any excess mortar. The proper consistency is achieved when the wet mortar will “hang” on a trowel held at a 90° angle.

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