If there is one area where you have to be clever to save time and save money, it is masonry. Here are some ways to succeed without getting too tired:
Many do-it-yourselfers will tell you: Masonry is part of the "physical" work that easily replaces any sport. Words rightly said, far from being easy, the handling of cement bags or breeze blocks quickly tired people lack of training. And the same is true when it comes to finishing a concrete sole to mount a wall or to achieve the joints of a tile glued to the ground.
Less tiring, but real puzzle: the preparation of the plaster! Beginners are quickly confronted with the problematic mixture: either the plaster is too liquid, or it hardens too quickly!
To do all this work without killing yourself to the task, just a little imagination to improve or divert tools and objects.
An ordinary plastic bag easily replaces a commercial seal pouch, mason clamps facilitate the transport of blocks of stone while a simple bottle of water is sufficient to reinforce the anchorage of a gaming crane..
Simple solutions that will save you time and effort while maintaining your budget.
- How to slow down the plaster?
- Tip protect beams from moisture
- Make an effective trowel
- Restore a cracked cornice
- Stabilize or make an alley
- Drill concrete effectively
- Make a joint pocket
- Aging ornamental stones
- Make a clever screw clamp
- Reinforce a gantry anchor
- Round the nosing of a concrete staircase
- Tip: a chisel that does not hurt your hands
- Tips and tricks: make a small sieve
- Make comfortable handles for a wheelbarrow
- Cut the building bricks
- Make a plumb bob to check verticality
Blow the dust before sealing
Bonus Mason tip:
When drilling a hole in concrete to insert an anchor, it is important to remove all the dust from the hole carefully. It may play a role of "lubricant" and prevent sufficient grip of the ankle. For effective cleaning, force a large diameter (3mm) syringe needle into the end of a soft plastic tubing (aquarium pipe type) after grinding the tip so it does not sting. insert it into the hole and blow hard at the other end of the pipe. Another solution for larger, less accessible holes: recover an old foot pump and adapt the piston to his hand.
Products to know
Dustless laying mortar for the assembly and grouting of cinder blocks, bricks, ridge and bush. Production of screeds possible.
€ 5/30 kg.
"Axton", Leroy Merlin.
In addition to the assembly, grouting and patching, interior and exterior, this mortar based lime allows the realization of external coatings in two or three layers. Can be tinted with concrete pigments (in mixing water).
€ 19/25 kg.
Up to 1000° C
Mortar for masonry of bushels, tiles and refractory bricks exposed to high temperatures: barbecues, fireplaces, etc.
€ 9/10 kg.
"Refractory mortar", VPI.
Adjustable for about 45 minutes, this gray adhesive mortar is used for laying tiles on interior floors and walls without the risk of slipping.
€ 15/25 kg.
"Kerabond T", Mapei.
Watertightness in the mass.
Liquid-water repellent (white) to make foundation concretes, slabs and watertight tanks. Combined with lime cement, it forms crystallizations that obstruct its capillaries.
35 € / 5 l.
"Liquid Sika water repellent", Sika.
Good to do everything.
Putty for all types of joints and gluing of all materials (concrete, stone, wood, metal, synthetic resin, acrylic...) inside and outside. Can be painted with any water paint.
14 € / 280 ml.
"Joined Expert Mastic & Glue", Rubson.
For demanding soils.
Enriched with fibers, this special external leveling and dressing compound offers very good impact resistance. It is therefore suitable for demanding floors (garages...). It can also be painted.
€ 51/25 kg.
"188 Fiberized Omnichape", Parexlanko.
Collage and grouting.
Thanks to its resistance to water, this tile adhesive is also used to make water-repellent joints inside or outside, on the floor as well as on the wall. Including in a pool or pond.
€ 46/25 kg.
"Glue & seal special wet parts", Bostik.
Maximum adhesion, reduced consumption.
Quick-setting mortar for sealing, filling (up to 15 mm) and bonding of lining to all substrates including smooth concrete and absorbent bricks.
€ 11/25 kg.
"MAP Formula +", Placo.
Lightened and insulating.
Lightened concrete dosed at 350 kg / m3 mixed with polystyrene beads. Insulation and fiber for screeds that go well in metal frame. Allows the installation of tiles without smoothing after 72 h.
€ 24 / 14.5 kg.
"Insulated lightweight concrete", Fim force.
Cement in cartridge.
Ready to use, this product is used as a putty to glue, repair and grout stones, concrete (including cellular concrete), bricks, plasterboard, etc. Can be painted after drying. 10 € / 310 ml. "Express Cement", Fischer.
Repair up to 100 mm.
Quick-setting fiberglass mortar for the repair (from 5 to 100 mm) of masonry and hard stones: horizontally, vertically, on the underside, indoors, outdoors and even in submerged areas. Also suitable for common seals.
€ 16/5 kg and € 60/25 kg.
"Weber.rep fast", Weber.
Cement in plate.
Plate 12.5 mm thick reinforced cement on each side with a fiberglass mesh. Screwed on a metal frame, it allows partitions and partitions to be made in damp rooms.
Dimensions: 90, 260 or 300 x 120 cm.
From € 20.50 / m2.
"Aquapanel Indoor", Knauf.