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||Posted: 14 Nov. 2019,10:01
It's surprising how heavily this mortar sits in the joints, once you get it in there.
For such a relatively small area, Bob, I would mix two of the tubes in one go, put them in a bigger bucket, if necxessary....or look at getting a single 25kg bucket (if they do one!)
Soak the whole pavement, soak it for at least 5-10 mins, so that there is standing water on the surface, and then tip out the mixed mortar, spray it with more water as you brush or squeegee it over trhe whole surface, NOT just the joints, and then, when they seem fairly full, keep on spraying but give it 5 mins or so to settle. Then start to sweep off, still spraying as you go.
If you need that third tub, use it now, while the first two are still fresh in the joints. Same procedure as above.
If you sweep on the diagional, so at 45į to the joints, very little will come out of the joints. Once you have most of the surplus brushed off, stop with the water spray but keep brushing. You can tool the joints if you wish, but I don't think this really achieves anything (unlike with cement mortars, where it most definitely does harden the surface).
You'll find it far easier than you expect. The two key things to bear in miond ios loads of water before and during, then loads of brushing after, to ensure nothing remains on teh surface.
Looking forward to hearing how you get on......
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