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Old 01-15-2012, 07:33 AM   #1
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In my finished basement (with good heating) I am trying to cover up a portion of the brick foundation wall where the joints have deteriorated and some bricks also. Can I mix mortar over wire mesh and what are the proportions of lime, sand and cement? What cement would be best type?

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I would use a very small amount of Portland cement, if any at all. Going with say a 50/50 ratio of Portland to lime will only ensure that the inner face of the wall deteriorates even more rapidly than it currently is. Simply put, if the water enters the wall from the outside, it needs to dry out to the inside. If you try to stop this from happening with a coating of any kind, it will only make things worse.
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Work needs to be done outside to stop this from getting worst instead of trying to cover it up.
Add gutters, french drain, make sure grade is away from the foundation ect.
Once that's done tuck pointing and brick replacement can be done.
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Thanks everyone for your responses. However, I do not have a problem from water but from removal of a badly done cement coating job and drying out of the mortar joints. Any water problem must have been fixed prior to me owning the property. Basement is totally dry, but I just want to cover the ugly bricks in a rather small area (60 sq. ft.) Is doing so a no-no?

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Hard to tell with out pictures & more info, but I think you're taking a chance by plastering it with too much Portland. 5 parts lime: 1 part Portland: 20-25 parts mason sand should be fine though.

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