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Mixing Mortar

QUIKRETE mortar mixes can be successfully mixed by hand or machine mixed depending on the size of your project.

Project Instructions:
When working with mortar mixes, 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 degree angle.

What is needed for the job
Supplies
  • 80 lb QUIKRETE Mason Mix
  • 10oz QUIKRETE Liquid Cement Color (optional)
  • Mortar mixer Or Plastic mixing tub
  • 5-gallon bucket
  • Measuring pail
  • Shovel
  • Mixing hoe
  • Gloves
  • Safety glasses
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