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PostPosted: Mon Aug 18, 2008 12:28 pm 
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Hi I have a bag of cement that is a few months old. The powder is lumpy but breaks down easily when crumbled. Is there any reason why I should not use this when making a strong mortar to fill a hole in a chimney wall?
Any tips on the job - presume I am better breaking up some bricks and filling with aggregates and mortar - is that right? Also someone told me I should buy some plasticiser to mix in with the sand and cement - is that right?
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since its only to patch up a hole i should imagine it to be ok to use. but skip what you have left. you want to mix it to a 4 to 1 ratio. yeah id use some bits of broke brick and such like as if you just filled it with mortat itd all drop out.

you may also want to fill it in layers aswell. otherwise itll likely drop out anyway if its quite a big hole.

i wouldnt bother using plasticiser for what your doing. id only use it if i was actually building a wall for example.


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Fab - thanks a lot for that and for the prompt reply - gives me something to do this rainy august afternoon!
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nice one mate, howd it go?


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