Friday, 30 April 2010

Sand and Cement equals Mortar

My hobby time often benefits from "the day job", yesterday for example I had to reset some car park gullies and ended up with a reasonable amount of mortar left over !

So tonight with the house to myself I made use of the time and wandered down to the shed with the said bag of mortar. From previous experience I have found for scenery purposes the mortar is best mixed with a 50 PVA /50 water rather than just neat water. It makes the wet mortar stick better and when dry it is a little more flexible.

This picture shows the contrast between the now hard foam base in its "naked" condition and the layer of added mortar.

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In the subsequent pictures the mortar is in various stages of drying, with some still dark , wet patches

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It looks a bit barren at the moment but in the coming weeks some greenery should appear....

John

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