Masonry Tips by Aztec Masonry - Serving Sonoma, Napa & Marin

Are you the type who likes to roll-up your sleeves and tackle your own outdoor projects? Do you enjoy the beauty of natural stone and wish that you had a stone patio or pathway? Then you have arrived at the right place on the Aztec Masonry website!

In this section, Aztec Masonry will provide a series of "how to" articles and videos which will assist you in the creation of your next stone masonry project at home. Stone masonry topics will include mixing mortar, setting stones, identifying various types of masonry tools and much more! We will add information to this section as time permits, so please be sure and visit this section often for the latest stone masonry tips.

How to Mix Mortar
04.05.2011
HOW TO MIX MORTAR
In this series, Elegio [Leo] Reynoso demonstrates how to mix mortar for your backyard masonry project. Depending upon the size of your project, you often times find it to be more cost-effective to mix your own mortar - as opposed to purchasing pre-mixed bags from the local landscape supply yards. If your masonry project requires more than half a dozen bags of mortar, then you may benefit from this masonry "how-to" section.
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How to set a stone in mortar
04.07.2011
HOW TO SET A STONE WITH MORTAR
In this series Andrew Saldana demonstrates how to set a stone with mortar. A nicely formed stone wall conveys a stong and stately appearance. Stone walls lend themselves to many uses around the property; to stablize soil or an embankment, creating terraced areas for garens or flower beds, steps to traverse various levels of terrain, and much more! If you are thinking adding a stone wall to the scheme of things in your landscaping, then this stone masonry "how-to" series will definitely get you going in the right direction.
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How to clean and shape grout joints in rock.
04.10.2011
HOW TO CLEAN MORTAR FROM STONES
After you have mixed your batch of mortar and set your stone, the mortar will need to be cleaned from the joints betweem the rocks. In doing so, you can acheive professional results by creating a neat and uniform mortar joint, which can verly closely resemble a dry-stack arrangement. In this series, Eligio [Leo] Reynoso demonstrates how to clean rock.
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