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I am in the process of pressure washing my patio, after that is finished
I will need to re-point. Having tried both dry mortar and wet I have
still managed to mark the slabs, though it has come off. Is there a
reasonably easy and quick way of doing it and keeping the mortar off the
slabs? I wondered if something akin to an icing bag might work. Any tips
gratefully received.
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I am in the process of pressure washing my patio, after that is finished
I will need to re-point. Having tried both dry mortar and wet I have
still managed to mark the slabs, though it has come off.


I favour something in between. Dry doesn't really work because even a
light spray of water tends to throw the powder all over the edges, and
only reaches the top layer. Just slightly damp allows you to pack it
firmly without any bleeding into the slab edges.

Is there a
reasonably easy and quick way of doing it and keeping the mortar off the
slabs? I wondered if something akin to an icing bag might work. Any tips
gratefully received.


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Broadback wrote:
I am in the process of pressure washing my patio, after that is
finished I will need to re-point. Having tried both dry mortar and wet
I have still managed to mark the slabs, though it has come off.


I favour something in between. Dry doesn't really work because even a
light spray of water tends to throw the powder all over the edges, and
only reaches the top layer. Just slightly damp allows you to pack it
firmly without any bleeding into the slab edges.

Is there a
reasonably easy and quick way of doing it and keeping the mortar off
the slabs? I wondered if something akin to an icing bag might work.
Any tips gratefully received.


I the slabs are stone other than concrete or limestone/marble, treat
them with brick acid to clean up afterwards, and use whatever works for you.
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stuart noble wrote:
Broadback wrote:
I am in the process of pressure washing my patio, after that is
finished I will need to re-point. Having tried both dry mortar and wet
I have still managed to mark the slabs, though it has come off.


I favour something in between. Dry doesn't really work because even a
light spray of water tends to throw the powder all over the edges, and
only reaches the top layer. Just slightly damp allows you to pack it
firmly without any bleeding into the slab edges.

Is there a
reasonably easy and quick way of doing it and keeping the mortar off
the slabs? I wondered if something akin to an icing bag might work.
Any tips gratefully received.


I have found that dry is fine - if there is no rain or other spray while
still not firm. Overnight dew, or just what is wicked up from the
existing slab/mortar, is enough to set the dry mix.

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Broadback wrote:

I am in the process of pressure washing my patio, after that is finished
I will need to re-point. Having tried both dry mortar and wet I have
still managed to mark the slabs, though it has come off. Is there a
reasonably easy and quick way of doing it and keeping the mortar off the
slabs? I wondered if something akin to an icing bag might work. Any tips
gratefully received.


Having done a lot of slabbing over the last year, I will never again use
cement/sand mix for pointing the gaps.
I always use brush-in ready made mortar mix, around 15 for a small
bucket.25ish for a large one.
Gives a good finish, does not mark the slabs, and very easily applied.
See here fir oen make of it:
http://www.ecofil.co.uk/

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On Wed, 12 Nov 2008 11:23:51 +0000, Broadback
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I am in the process of pressure washing my patio, after that is finished
I will need to re-point. Having tried both dry mortar and wet I have
still managed to mark the slabs, though it has come off. Is there a
reasonably easy and quick way of doing it and keeping the mortar off the
slabs? I wondered if something akin to an icing bag might work. Any tips
gratefully received.


Brush dry Postcrete into the cracks, mist coat with water. Set in 10
minutes but can be cleaned off bits it's not wanted on.

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Broadback wrote:

I am in the process of pressure washing my patio, after that is
finished I will need to re-point. Having tried both dry mortar and
wet I have still managed to mark the slabs, though it has come off.
Is there a reasonably easy and quick way of doing it and keeping the
mortar off the slabs? I wondered if something akin to an icing bag
might work. Any tips gratefully received.


Having done a lot of slabbing over the last year, I will never again
use cement/sand mix for pointing the gaps.
I always use brush-in ready made mortar mix, around 15 for a small
bucket.25ish for a large one.
Gives a good finish, does not mark the slabs, and very easily applied.
See here fir oen make of it:
http://www.ecofil.co.uk/


Is this the same do you reckon?
http://www.wickes.co.uk/Paving-Acces...ut/invt/154002



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A.Lee wrote:
Broadback wrote:

I am in the process of pressure washing my patio, after that is finished
I will need to re-point. Having tried both dry mortar and wet I have
still managed to mark the slabs, though it has come off. Is there a
reasonably easy and quick way of doing it and keeping the mortar off the
slabs? I wondered if something akin to an icing bag might work. Any tips
gratefully received.


Having done a lot of slabbing over the last year, I will never again use
cement/sand mix for pointing the gaps.
I always use brush-in ready made mortar mix, around 15 for a small
bucket.25ish for a large one.
Gives a good finish, does not mark the slabs, and very easily applied.
See here fir oen make of it:
http://www.ecofil.co.uk/

Alan.

Any idea why they call it Ecofil? Doesn't appear to have any 'eco'
credentials or claims.

Unless "Polybutadiene based product extended with silicaceous fillers.
Contains less than 0.02% cobalt octoate." is super-eco-friendly. :-)

http://www.ecofil.co.uk/ecofil_msds.pdf

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A.Lee wrote:
Broadback wrote:

I am in the process of pressure washing my patio, after that is finished
I will need to re-point. Having tried both dry mortar and wet I have
still managed to mark the slabs, though it has come off. Is there a
reasonably easy and quick way of doing it and keeping the mortar off the
slabs? I wondered if something akin to an icing bag might work. Any tips
gratefully received.


Having done a lot of slabbing over the last year, I will never again use
cement/sand mix for pointing the gaps.
I always use brush-in ready made mortar mix, around 15 for a small
bucket.25ish for a large one.
Gives a good finish, does not mark the slabs, and very easily applied.
See here fir oen make of it:
http://www.ecofil.co.uk/

Alan.

Any idea why they call it Ecofil? Doesn't appear to have any 'eco'
credentials or claims.


'eco' as in economical.



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A.Lee wrote:
Broadback wrote:

I am in the process of pressure washing my patio, after that is
finished I will need to re-point. Having tried both dry mortar and
wet I have still managed to mark the slabs, though it has come off.
Is there a reasonably easy and quick way of doing it and keeping the
mortar off the slabs? I wondered if something akin to an icing bag
might work. Any tips gratefully received.


Having done a lot of slabbing over the last year, I will never again
use cement/sand mix for pointing the gaps.
I always use brush-in ready made mortar mix, around 15 for a small
bucket.25ish for a large one.
Gives a good finish, does not mark the slabs, and very easily applied.
See here fir oen make of it:
http://www.ecofil.co.uk/


Is this the same do you reckon?
http://www.wickes.co.uk/Paving-Acces...ut/invt/154002


Yes, looks the same. It also gives a nice sheen to the slabs.Much finer
than sharp sand/cement, brushes off easily, so no stains, and available
in multiple colours. I tend to do more buff slabs than grey, so it is a
godsend being able to put in buff mortar.
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A.Lee wrote:
Broadback wrote:

I am in the process of pressure washing my patio, after that is finished
I will need to re-point. Having tried both dry mortar and wet I have
still managed to mark the slabs, though it has come off. Is there a
reasonably easy and quick way of doing it and keeping the mortar off the
slabs? I wondered if something akin to an icing bag might work. Any tips
gratefully received.
Having done a lot of slabbing over the last year, I will never again use
cement/sand mix for pointing the gaps.
I always use brush-in ready made mortar mix, around 15 for a small
bucket.25ish for a large one.
Gives a good finish, does not mark the slabs, and very easily applied.
See here fir oen make of it:
http://www.ecofil.co.uk/

Alan.

Any idea why they call it Ecofil? Doesn't appear to have any 'eco'
credentials or claims.


'eco' as in economical.



Quite possible I suppose. Rather put off that interpretation by the
price. :-)

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