Best Mortar for Old, Stone Home

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    LESLIE: Alright. We’re headed over to South Carolina now. We’ve got Dennis on the line who needs some mortar for stone wall.

    Hey, Dennis. What are you working on?

    DENNIS: I bought a house in Illinois, a house that was built in 1845.

    TOM: Wow.

    DENNIS: It’s got 2-foot-thick walls and it’s layered stone.

    TOM: OK. OK.

    DENNIS: My question to you is: what would you – what type of mortar would you recommend to put in that, in this old stone home? So that –because I mean over the years, people have tried to put some mortar in some of it – some of the mortar that’s fallen out and it cracked.

    TOM: Right. Right.

    DENNIS: But it’s all different colors. It looks goofy. I want to – I’d really like to make it uniform with mortar for stone wall.

    TOM: Yeah.

    DENNIS: And what mix of sand and mortar for stone wall would you recommend?

    TOM: Well, usually for exterior and above-grade walls, you’d use a type of mortar for stone wall called an N – N as in Nancy – an “N mortar mix.” It has a medium sort of compressive strength and it’s made of one part of Portland cement, one part lime and six parts of sand. It’s pretty easy to work with.

    And you can also buy premade mortar mix from QUIKRETE. For example, they sell a type N mortar mix and they sell it in different colors. I think gray is the base color. So, you might want to take a look at that mortar for stone wall.

    DENNIS: Right.

    TOM: But I think what you’re looking for is type N mortar for stone wall.

    Good luck with that project. That sounds really fun and I’m sure it’s a beautiful home. We appreciate you calling us at 888-MONEY-PIT.

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