Step 4: Trowel the Mortar

troweling the fresh mortar into joints in a stone walkway
Photo: John W. Taylor
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Push the mortar down into the joints using a brick trowel, then roughly tool it to the same height as the existing joints. Scrape off the excess mix and dump it back into the wheelbarrow. As you work, dip the trowel in water to keep it clean. Also, sponge-clean the stones with water to prevent mortar stains.
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    Tools List

    • safety glasses
      Safety glasses
    • gloves
      Gloves
    • knee pads
      Kneepads
    • 3-pound hammer
      3-pound hammer
    • mason's chisel and maul
      Masonry chisel
    • mason's brush
      Masonry brush
    • one-and-a-half inch paintbrush
      Paintbrush
    • brick trowel
      Brick trowel
    • grout bag
      Grout bag
    • pointing trowel
      Tuck-pointing trowel
    • mortar pan
      Mortar pan

    Shopping List

    1. 60-pound bag of sand/topping mix

    2. 1 gallon of acrylic fortifier

    3. Water