How to Mix Cement for Stone Walls

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A dependable mortar is always a must when putting together stone walls. With only three basic ingredients, Portland cement, lime and sand, you can mix your own mortar in under 10 minutes. Once you have determined the proper ratio of materials, you can quickly mix batches of mortar for binding the stones in your wall and a variety of other outdoor projects. Thankfully for those unfamiliar with mixing mortar, the process is easy to learn.

Things You'll Need

  • Wheelbarrow
  • Washed sand
  • Hydrated lime powder
  • Portland cement
  • Spade
  • Garden hose
  • Position a wheelbarrow next to the site where you intend to build your stone wall.

  • Add the lime, Portland cement and washed sand to wheelbarrow bucket in a strict 1 to 2 to 6 ratio. For every one part of lime, you need to add two parts of cement and six parts of sand. Measure the materials carefully for the strongest and most durable mortar.

  • Mix the lime, sand and cement together into a uniform mixture of dry materials.

  • Hold a garden hose over the edge of the wheelbarrow bucket and slowly integrate water into the dry materials. Stir the mixture constantly with a spade until the mortar has a peanut butter-like texture and consistency. You can immediately begin scooping the mortar out of the wheelbarrow and using it to build your stone wall.

References

  • "Complete Do-It-Yourself Manual: Completely Revised and Updated"; Editors of The Family Handyman; 2005
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