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SUGGESTIONS FOR VARIOUS MORTAR MIXES

SLOT MIX -- Used to reset slab markers back into new or original bases:
  • 1 PART WHITE PORTLAND CEMENT
  • 4 PARTS HYDRATED LIME
  • 8 PARTS CLEAN SAND
  • Clean Water (used sparingly; mixture should be very stiff and almost "dry") 
Mask the exposed surface of the stone and the new base with duct tape.

Fill the perimeter of the slot with mortar to the top of the slot in the new base, shaping a bead to assist the run-off of water.
 

 Use stack mix in the very middle. Also use the Setting Compound and corners with stack mix found at Miles Supplies Company.  Look under Cemetery links.

STACK MIX -- Used between each bottom and upper sections of vertical sections:
  • 1 PART WHITE PORTLAND CEMENT
  • 3 PARTS HYDRATED LIME
  • Clean Water (used sparingly; mixture should be very stiff and almost "dry") 
This mortar mix will help attach the top and bottom. The setting compound will help seal water from getting under the sections. You might want Setting Cushions shown here on each corner too. 

 

~forming up the sides to hold the VOID MIX with small pieces    of wood, & duct tape to the stone. I used wood shims ~

 

 

 

 

VOID PATCH MIX -- When you have missing stone fragments and edges to fill.

Dry fit the pieces together and, with a pencil, mark all the contact points.  This is where you use epoxy to join the fragments.

It does not take a lot of epoxy to just stick the pieces such as these together.        Walt recommends  Tenex & Mastico epoxy along with clamps to start.

 

  When securing the pieces together, fill the Voids with a mortar mix made up of:

  • 2 PARTS WHITE PORTLAND CEMENT

  • 4 PARTS HYDRATED LIME

  • 7 PARTS STONE DUST [aggregate] (see stone dust note above)

  • Clean Water (used sparingly; mixture should be very stiff and almost "dry")

Use duct tape to tape the back side of the stone, forming up the sides of the void with small pieces of wood, clamping the wood to the stone.  If the void is not too big, use duct tape.  Then fill the void with the above mortar mix, using different colors of powered grout to color the mortar mix for a decent match to the rest of the stone.

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