Lovely Miseries Bob is pestering me to put brick on the porch. I have
limited info and practically no experience using mortar except repairing
small areas of concrete.
The story I got at HD was to get it good and clean first, then put down
some kind of plasticized cement (can't remember any of this stuff right
now.), then lay the bricks.
Instead of adding mortar as I go, what about putting down all the bricks
first on the adhesive, and then pushing mortar down between them once
they're in place?
You could do that, grouting them in the same manner as tiles but the
problem would be their surface texture. Bricks are rough, lots of minute
low areas and it would be very difficult if not impossible to get excess
mortar/grout cleaned off. There is no problem with that if you don't mind
OTOH, it isn't all that hard to apply joint mortar as you go...sort of
shape it on a hawk, pick up with a trowel and wipe it on, shove in the
brick, tap & adjust as necessary. When the mortar sets up a bit, cut off
any excess. Watch a couple of YouTube videos...you won't achieve the
alacrity that comes with experience but you'll get the idea.
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