If you are preparing for any do-it-yourself masonry project, such as small brick repairs, then you already know the importance of quality mortar. But proper mixing is one of the fundamental steps that, if not done carefully, can waste you a lot of time and money.
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Mortar analysis is an important part of reconstructing historical masonry so that it lasts for long periods of time. The mortar analysis process is a scientific one that looks at the exact composition of the mortar used to attempt to create a duplicate, or gather historical information about building composition of the period. Here are the basics of what you need to know about mortar analysis. (more…)
Choosing the right products is an essential part of any masonry project, and mortar cement is no exception. Mortar cement is what acts as the bonding agent for bricks and other building materials. It’s essentially what’s holding your project together, so you’ll want to choose mortar that will stand the test of time. Here are a few types of mortar cements you’ll want to consider. (more…)