How to Use Dry Mortar Between Stones

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When building a stone wall, you want to use a mortar that's mixed with water to hold things up properly. When working with a stone walkway or path, dry mortar can work just as well and be simpler to apply. This mortar is created by mixing sand and Portland cement in a 4:1 ratio, which will then lock the stones in place on the walkway. Mixing and using the dry mortar between stones takes a few hours to do including dry time.

Things You'll Need

  • 4 parts sand
  • 1 part dry Portland cement
  • Mixing pan
  • Trowel
  • Stiff broom
  • Hose
  • Hose spray nozzle
  • Concave joiner
  • Pour four parts of sand and one part of the dry Portland cement into a mixing pan. Thoroughly mix the two materials using the trowel, creating the dry mortar.

  • Pour the dry mortar onto the stone walkway. Sweep the mortar into the joints between the stones with a stiff broom.

  • Attach the spray nozzle to the end of the hose and adjust the spray pattern so that it puts out a fine mist. Spray the water onto the mortar, misting the top of the mortar so that it's wet, but not saturated with water.

  • Run the concave joiner along the joints to shape the dry mortar to a slightly concave form. Allow the mortar to dry for a few hours. Scrub off the excess mortar from the surface of the stone with the stiff broom.

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References

  • "Patios and Walkways 1-2-3"; Jeff Day; 2004
  • Photo Credit Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images
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