Bricklaying Question

I will use garden lime to make up a 1:1:6 mortar for a not too high garden wall. any comment??

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Hi. A 1:1:5 mix Would probably be better as it is a stronger mix. Good luck.

Answered 11th Jun 2011

Solo Services

Member since 22 Oct 2008

Apart from using lime as a plasticiser to make the mortar workable, lime does nothing else but make the "cement/sand mortar a weaker mix

As said 4 sand 1 cement plus feb is fine for a concrete block wall. You can place ½ lime in the mix ratio to make it more workable but it's unnecessary and makes the mortar weaker.

Garden lime is not the same as the lime you purchase from a builders merchants

Answered 18th Jun 2011


Member since 13 Jan 2010

4 sand / 1 cement with some feb.

Answered 11th Jun 2011


Member since 6 Jan 2009


It depends what material you are using for your wall. If its a newer brick then use 5 sand and 1 cement, if its a reclaim or hand made brick you could use 5 sand, 1 cement and 1 lime and if its stone use 3 sharp sand, 3 sand, 1 cement and 1 lime (you should expose aggregate in the stone wall hence using some sharp sand).

You should also put some plasticiser (febmix) in any mix that doesnt contain lime to aid the playability of the mix.

Hope this helps,


Answered 13th Jun 2011

R.Hughes Building and Conservation Ltd

Member since 25 Feb 2009

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