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Unread 09-24-2009, 03:22 PM   #1
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masonry question

Doing some block work for a friend and some parging of the block. I was going to use type S cement to mix with bar sand i think it comes in an 80 lb bag and its both lime and cement does anyone know how much sand to add I read somewhere 8 parts but this seems a bit high to me. Also does anyone know how to make the scalloped effect with a flat trowel to make a stucco finish? I have no problem throwing up the scratch coat but the finished coat with a ripple effect if I can. Or I was thinking of troweling it smooth and hitting it with a wooden float to finish the top coat.

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Unread 09-24-2009, 03:45 PM   #2
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don't know on the stucco effect but when I lived in Peru we used to smooth parge brick and block with 1 to 3 portland to fine sand mix. We gaged the walls with straight edges and then troweled them smooth with wood float.

Also we wetted them down first too.

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Scalloped effect, get the right amount of mortar on a trowel [practice] place it against the wall, work upwards turning the trowel outwards leaving it thicker at the top.
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