Building a garden wall, a planter, a mail box enclosure or even an outdoor kitchen can be as easy as “Stack and Stucco” with QUIKRETE QUIKWALL Surface Bonding Cement.
When working with QUIKWALL, rubber gloves and safety glasses should always be worn during mixing and placing procedures.
Step 1: Ensure a solid footing or base slab for both structural and non-structural walls.
NOTE: it is important to check local building codes for construction requirements in your area; footings should be a minimum of twice the width of the concrete block (for example, an 8″x8″x16″ block would require a 16″ wide footing) and extend below the frost line to prevent shifting during freeze-thaw cycles.
Stage the first course of block and snap a chalk line on each side of the block wall as a reference line to ensure corners are square and walls are straight.
NOTE: each 50 pound bag of QUIKWALL will require about a gallon of water – additional water can be added in small amounts to achieve a workable mix. The proper consistency is achieved when the wet QUIKWALL will “hang” on a trowel held at a 90 degree angle.
Remove the blocks and lay a 1/8 inch bed of QUIKWALL on the footing – the QUIKWALL mix should be workable but firm enough to support the weight of the first course.
Set the bottom course.
TIP: check your alignment and level every 3 to 4 blocks.
Once the first course is set, dry-stack the remaining block in a running bond pattern to the desired height – all corners should use an interlocking pattern.
Thoroughly dampen the block wall with water – dry block will draw the water from the mix making it difficult to finish and can cause inconsistent color and cracking especially in hot temperatures.
Apply a consistent 1/8 to 1/4 inch coat of QUIKWALL to both sides of the block. Use a square finishing trowel held at a 45 degree angle and work from the bottom of the wall to the top covering the entire surface of the wall.
Cure the entire surface with a fine water mist.
What is needed for the job
- 50 lb. bags of QUIKRETE® QUIKWALL® Surface Bonding Cement
- QUIKRETE® 5000 High Strength Concrete Mix (if footing is required)
- 8″x8″x16″ concrete block
- 8″x8″x8″ concrete block
- Chalk line
- Square finishing trowel
- Mortar tub or wheelbarrow OR Machine mortar mixer (optional)
- Mixing hoe
- Rubber mallet
- Mason’s string
- Masonry trowel
- Garden hose with spray attachment
- 10 oz. QUIKRETE® Stucco & Mortar Color (Liquid) (optional – 1 bottle per bag)
- Rubber gloves
- Safety glasses