Step 4: Mix the Mortar.

mixing mortar to apply to a brick wall
Photo Allison Dinner
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Mist the brick again. Then, following the directions on the bag, stir water into the dry mix until it reaches the consistency of peanut butter and clings to an upended trowel. Wait until a film of water forms on the mix, about 15 minutes. Stir the water back in. The mortar is now ready to use and remains workable for 8 hours. If it gets too dry in that time, you can "retemper" it occasionally by adding water.
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    Tools List

    • Carbide-tipped grout saw
    • cold chisel
      Cold chisel
    • brick hammer
      Engineer's hammer
    • painter's tool
      5-in-1 painter's tool
    • Stiff-bristled brush
    • mason's trowel
      Tuck-pointing trowel
    • drill
      Drill/driver with abrasive wheel attachment
    • garden hose
      Hose and nozzle
    • brick trowel
      Brick trowel or hawk
    • tarp
      Tarp

    Shopping List

    1. Lime Mortar

    2. Sponge