"Temporary" mortar?

Discussion in 'Building Construction' started by Sylvia, Sep 10, 2003.

  1. Sylvia

    Sylvia Guest

    Is there such a thing as a substance that will look like mortar to hold
    concrete blocks together, but be easy to knock off when I'm ready for
    the concrete block wall to come down? It won't have to stand up to much
    pressure and will probably be up 3-5 years, but has to look permanent to
    satisfy covenants.

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    Sylvia Steiger RN, homeschooling mom since Nov 1995
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    Cheyenne WY, USDA zone 5a, Sunset zone 1a
    Home of the Wyoming Wind Festival, January 1-December 31
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    Sylvia, Sep 10, 2003
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  2. No there isn't. If building codes or covenants require a concrete block
    wall or foundation that is "permanent", it is advisable to bite the
    bullet and use proper mortar. I assume you've looked into interlocking
    blocks, and they aren't acceptable? If you're trying to save money,
    note that they are also much more expensive than regular concrete blocks
    held together with mortar.

    If you're sure it won't need to stand up to much pressure, and in the
    event of failure won't cause significant damage or injury, you could
    always mix very weak mortar (too much sand and water, not enough mortar
    mix). It would come apart more easily than properly mixed mortar,
    although it would still be labour intensive to chip it off. You may
    have difficulty finding a bricklayer who would build it for you.

    Rick
     
    Java Man (Espressopithecus), Sep 10, 2003
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  3. Sylvia

    FAMILY Guest

    Sylvia,

    There is no such thing as temporary mortar. I would think about the
    liability issue if the wall should fail!
    You could pay a mason to slap it up with out any problem. It wouldn't be
    that hard to take down later.
    Good luck,

    Dan
     
    FAMILY, Sep 10, 2003
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  4. Sylvia

    Kelly Guest

    Add more sand to the mix.
    The trade schools that instruct brick layer's
    do this all the time so they can recycle the bricks.

    But... this makes a weeker wall, and depending on
    what that wall will support may couse a liablility
    issue.




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    Kelly, Sep 11, 2003
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  5. Sylvia

    Sylvia Guest

    Thanks to everyone who chimed in. That higher sand ratio is exactly
    what I needed. Danger or liability isn't an issue at all, it's just for
    a foundation-looking wall around our hopefully-soon-to-be-set-up mobile
    home which will be properly blocked and tied down by experts. This wall
    will only be 2-3 feet high, not supporting anything, and protected from
    the worst of the Wyoming winds by a high hill. If it does partially
    blow down, unless someone happens to be lying on the ground next to it,
    the risk of injury is nil. I'm just trying to appease the neighbors who
    think a "permanent" foundation wall is more attractive than traditional
    skirting, while still being able to sell it and move it in a few years
    when we're able to build our home.

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    Sylvia Steiger RN, homeschooling mom since Nov 1995
    http://www.SteigerFamily.com
    Cheyenne WY, USDA zone 5a, Sunset zone 1a
    Home of the Wyoming Wind Festival, January 1-December 31
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    Sylvia, Sep 12, 2003
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    Ray Guest

    In alt.building.construction, Msg ID: <>
    You must have stuttered sylvia..
    It was garbage the first time too.

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    Ray
     
    Ray, Sep 13, 2003
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  7. Sylvia

    Sylvia Guest

    The mobile home salesman recommended a hardi-plank setup, too. The
    problem is that I know my carpentry skills aren't up to doing it, I've
    tried. I haven't tried block-and-mortaring, but I do make cakes and
    jello molds and other items that involve arranging layers and keeping
    them together. If I can't do the mortaring, it should become apparent
    fairly quickly once I start laying blocks.

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    Sylvia Steiger RN, homeschooling mom since Nov 1995
    http://www.SteigerFamily.com
    Cheyenne WY, USDA zone 5a, Sunset zone 1a
    Home of the Wyoming Wind Festival, January 1-December 31
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    Sylvia, Sep 15, 2003
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  8. Sylvia

    JD Guest

    Why not use mortarless block?
     
    JD, Sep 15, 2003
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  9. Sylvia

    Sylvia Guest

    Why not use mortarless block?

    I may do that for the water room (which I WON'T want to tear down in a
    few years) but the cement block foundation needs to *look* permanent but
    not *be* permanent.

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    Sylvia Steiger RN, homeschooling mom since Nov 1995
    http://www.SteigerFamily.com
    Cheyenne WY, USDA zone 5a, Sunset zone 1a
    Home of the Wyoming Wind Festival, January 1-December 31
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    Sylvia, Sep 17, 2003
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    Phrederik Guest

    Don't you think that by now someone here would have alerted the building
    inspector in your area?

    The bottom of your posts basically tell everyone where you're at. The
    inspector will know what to look for when inspecting that wall.
     
    Phrederik, Sep 17, 2003
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  11. Sylvia

    Sylvia Guest

    Don't you think that by now someone here would have alerted the
    building inspector in your area?

    No building inspector involvement in this. They'll be looking at the
    non-permanent blocks actually supporting the house and the tiedowns (and
    those are places I DON'T want to scrimp anyway). This wall is just a
    cosmetic extra.

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    Sylvia Steiger RN, homeschooling mom since Nov 1995
    http://www.SteigerFamily.com
    Cheyenne WY, USDA zone 5a, Sunset zone 1a
    Home of the Wyoming Wind Festival, January 1-December 31
    Remove "removethis" from address to reply
     
    Sylvia, Sep 25, 2003
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  12. Sylvia

    Phrederik Guest

    Ahhh... My apologies. I misunderstood.

    I was under the impression that you were trying to make a foundation under a
    trailer look permanent for an inspector.

    Now it appears that you just want a block wall that will look decent and
    stand up to the elements but be easy to remove if you ever want to.
     
    Phrederik, Sep 26, 2003
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