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help! edging bricks are lifting

Postby terry004 » Tue Mar 16, 2021 12:27 pm

Hi,

I am a total novice I layed some garden border edging blocks 3 weeks ago, I dug a 10" trench leveled it and tampered it down poured dry concrete in the trench leveled that, set the blocks in tapped them in and leveled them off (forgot to mention the blocks are 8"x 5"x 2") I then sprayed them with water. Problem is the blocks haven't stuck you can just lift them up the concrete base is fine and sound and fully cured but the blocks are loose how can I secure the blocks so they don't move? I have attached a few pics showing edging and how blocks lift up please give feedback thank you. I'm from the UK
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Postby stoneyboy » Wed Mar 17, 2021 10:12 pm

Hi terry004
Lift your blocks off so you can put them back in the same orientation, mix up a slurry of neat cement, wet the blocks and your foundations and stick the blocks down by buttering the blocks.
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Postby terry004 » Thu Mar 18, 2021 9:47 am

that sounds like a good plan, could I use ready mixed mortar as I already have a bag of that...thanks for the help
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Postby stoneyboy » Thu Mar 18, 2021 9:41 pm

Hi terry004
No you must use a neat cement slurry for it to be successful.
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Postby terry004 » Fri Mar 19, 2021 10:21 am

thanks I will give it a go
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