What mortar to repair a stone wall?

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Old 04-11-10, 07:23 PM
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What mortar to repair a stone wall?

One of the stones fell out of my decorative stone retaining wall. Should I use quickcrete to stick it back into place?

Here's a picture - you can see that there was some sort of mortar in back, but apparently it wasn't a "forever mix".
http://imgur.com/XP90v.jpg

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Old 04-12-10, 07:44 AM
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Use a mortar mix

You need something with lime and no large aggregate. Here's a link describing different mortar mixes:

What is Mortar Mix?

Also, I saw some stone masons on one of the TV shows crush the old mortar with a hammer and mix it into the new mortar to help match the color. I can't tell from the photo if your mortar is a special color or even shows that much, but if it does, this might help.

Good luck!
 
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