How to mix mortar

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How to mix mortar

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Project Overview

When you are laying bricks, you need to mix mortar. We will show you how to mix mortar properly in a wheelbarrow. You will also see how to finish the mix off on a mud board. Plus, we will give you a few professional tips as we go.
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Step by Step Instructions

1 Start mixing the mortar in the wheelbarrow
2 Transfer the mix across to a mud board
3 Finish mixing the mortar on the mudboard
  • Step 1. Start mixing the mortar in the wheelbarrow

    Tip the dry pre-mix mortar into the wheelbarrow. Then pour water over the top. To find out how much water to use, read the instructions on the bag. Use a square mouth shovel to dig in under the dry pre-mix and fold it into the middle. Then use a stabbing motion across the top to work the moisture through the mixture until it is consistent.
  • Step 2. Transfer the mix across to a mud board

    Once the mixture is consistent, transfer it across to the mud board to give it a final mix. Start by wetting down the board and then bring your mixture across. Make sure you wash out your wheelbarrow before any left over mortar has time to set in the tray.
  • Step 3. Finish mixing the mortar on the mudboard

    Use the bricklayer’s trowel to finish off your mix. Start by testing the consistency of the mortar. If the mix isn’t quite right, add more water or pre-mix as required. To mix on a mud board, use your trowel to make a hollow in the centre of the mixture. Then fold the mortar from the outside into the centre. Once it’s all folded in, chop the surface with your trowel to work the moisture down to the bottom. Repeat this process until the mixture has an even consistency.

Tools and Materials

Tools

  • Bricklayer’s trowel
  • Bucket
  • Mud board
  • Safety glasses
  • Square mouth shovel
  • Wheelbarrow

Materials

  • Premix mortar
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