This is for the OP.
I have though about this off and on without judging the quality of what you
want to do.
Cut the darned hole however you can. Place the unit in place but do not
secure it yet. Cut 4 rectangles of lightweight plywood, I would use 1/4"
Luan as it rots quicker, that will cover the gaps on the outside of the
building and not block the operation of the fan. Drill a hole or two in
each depending on the size and dangle them on the side of the using a heavy
string or wire. Secure the fan. Pull the panels into place to form and
exterior form for your mortar. Secure them to something inside. You may
want to have a inside piece of plywood that covers most of the void on the
Then use a grout bag to fill the void with mortar. You will not be able to
do it all in one shot, but over a period of a few days you can fill in the
voids. Cut off the string or wire on the inside and finish the wall. The
exterior portion will rot and fall off the building in 1-5 years depending
on the climate.
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Sheesh and someone accused me of presenting a Rube Goldberg solution!
But all of this is really my fault. I should have simply phrased the
original question as follows:
"I have some small horizontal holes (less than one inch diameter)
approximately 12 inches long (or deep). The holes are not perfectly
concentric. I need to position mortar at the end of the hole and tamp
it in position until the hole is filled. What inexpensive device can I
use to do this?
- I'm not going to tell you why the holes exist, simply that they
can't be enlarged, nor shortened, nor accessed from anyway but one
- The gadget/tool must be available commercially, preferably at my
local HD or Lowes, but since I've already checked there without
success I'm expanding my search to this group.
- Any solution that involves renting something or employing someone is
- Any solution involving the placement of any substance other than
mortar is wrong.
- Please read the question carefully."
I'll know better in future.
On Sun, 04 Sep 2011 00:52:21 -0400, email@example.com wrote:
I think you might be joking.
In case you're not, use a piece of dowel to push the mortar from your
hawk into the hole.
I've used dowels, sticks and steel rod stock to jam mortar into holes.
Whatever fits. The mortar doesn't care.
By the time you get about six inches filled you won't be able to push
anymore in. The mortar is not liquid enough to be easily pushed at
such small diameters. Note also that the original post said "The
holes are not perfectly concentric." (i.e. round)
In shallow holes it works fine.
Note that you continue to violate the terms of the question.
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