Sharp sand is good enough to bed them in. Masonry Cement Mix: Building brick or stone structures requires the commercial-grade strength of masonry cement mix. Large format is not the same homeimprovements 179 posts Paving Mortar Mix. Mortar Cement Mix: Mortar is a common cement mix used to lay brick and stone. Paving Concrete – 1:1 ½:2 ½ mix. This mixture features gravel and sand mixed with water to create a strong bond. Concrete - 1 part cement, 2 parts concreting sand and 3 parts 20 millimeter aggregate. Sharp sand (concrete sand, screed sand grit sand etc) is standard. No real need for cement. For bedding under the slabs use 5 parts sharp sand, 1 part soft sand and 1 cement. More water, cement or sand can be added if the mixture is too wet or dry. So on that basis i'd say you need between 25 and 50 bags depending on depth of sand for 9 square metres. There’s no reason to mix joint sand with cement when filling paver cracks, as the sand does a perfectly fine job on its own. This page contains a price guide for a new patio. Ideal for wall foundations or bases and laying paving slabs, etc. For foundations, a mix of 1 part cement to 3 parts sand to 6 parts aggregates can be used. One part cement, two and a half sand and three and a half coarse aggregate. We have in the past fattened it up with the odd shovel of soft building sand but this can lead to colour problems when gauging future mixes. And for the pointing, I was going to leave a 5mm gap between the slabs and then let them set for 24 hrs, and then do another mix of dry mortar, with ratio of 3:1 sand/cement, is this ok. I extended our patio with slabs and used somewhere between 1 and 2 bags of sharp sand per 2ft square slab. Using a standard mortar mix consisting only of sand and cement is not sufficient for engineered stone applications. For high traffic areas, a stronger mix of 3 parts soft sand and 1 part cement can be used. There's more to laying paving than simply the ratio and type of mortar mix. Used for exposed paving such as driveways and garage floors. Mortar additives are particularly effective in giving both engineered and natural pavers the best possible chance of being installed neatly and adhering to a concrete foundation over the long term. Or prepare a mix of sand & cement, then brush the mix in between cracks of slabs, then use a light watering from garden watering can, to create a concrete mix. I am planning to measure the area, and use string and pegs to map out the area, and will be putting down 40mm of sub base (gravel and stones), For pointing use 4 parts soft sand and 1 part cement. Below is an example of a sand to cement mix ratio recommendation from a cement manufacturer. 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