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
- Stiff broom
- 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.
- "Patios and Walkways 1-2-3"; Jeff Day; 2004
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