A Guide to Masonry Skills: Mixing and Using Cement

MOTHER's Handbook shares a homeowner's lesson in masonry and the art of mixing and using cement. Includes a trial cement mix, knowing how to mix cement and the power of using mortar.



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Diagram 1: A pointing trowel.
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The best way to learn about any skill is to do it, and working mud is no exception.
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Diagram 2: A homemade mortar box.
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Diagram 5: Screeding with a strike board.
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Diagram 4: Leveling a small form.
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Diagram 3: Squaring a post.
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Diagram 6: Floating a finished surface.
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Diagram 9: Cutting control joints.
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Diagram 10: Leveling a trench footing.
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Diagram 8: Using a finished width guide.
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Diagram 7: Measuring slope with a line.
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Diagram 11: Repairing broken corners.
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Diagram 13: Repointing mortar joints.
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Diagram 12: Parging with mortar.
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