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Old 01-21-2012, 03:24 AM   #1
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Well lads this is a bit embarassing i am 26 and never mixed cement in my life. I recently started work placement and one of the jobs is fixing a wall. Could some one please tell me how to mix cement properly so i dont look like a complete idiot when i start this project. Thanks.

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Well lads this is a bit embarassing i am 26 and never mixed cement in my life. I recently started work placement and one of the jobs is fixing a wall. Could some one please tell me how to mix cement properly so i dont look like a complete idiot when i start this project. Thanks. Philip

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Are you mixing it or is it coming on a truck?
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I'm no expert, but I believe you must mix the cement with an aggregate(SP?) and water. A small amount can be mixed in a wheel barrow with an aggie hoe, larger amounts might require machinery. Could it be you're talking about concrete? That only requires water, but still needs to be agitated in some form or fashion. Many folks here are smarter than I and can give more detailed instruction.
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Thanks mickey its just putting up a few blocks where a car hit the wall so i think it might be just mortar to be used
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Couldnt get easier than that cheers jason
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There are many kinds of cement, you probably mean mortar. What do you mean by fixing a wall? Is the wall brick or concrete?

I've had many apprentices in my life. If they didn't know how to do something, by far the best thing they could do is say "I've never done this before; can you show me how to do it?"
When they looked like complete idiots is when they didn't ask, pretended like they knew, and after 30 seconds it was clear that they had never done it before, which is what will happen if you try to mix mortar (and use it afterwards) without having seen someone do it before.

Apprentices are not expected to know everything.

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Its a gonna be done with blocks outside an old factory.
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Mixing mortar can be as easy as opening a bag and add water until you get it the consistency that you need. If they are making it from scratch then you will be adding cement, lime, sand and water in the proper proportions. I think it is 3 parts sand, 2 parts lime, one part portland cement and enough water to make it workable. I might have the lime and cement portions backwards so check on that.
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