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By "masonry mortar" do you mean "Mortar cement" or is this another variant?
The information I have is that "Mortar cement" does meet the strength and
the proportion requirements of ASTM C-270.  That may mean that a blended
cement is used instead of an entirely Portland cement but it will still
contain Portland cement.  The reason I allow it is because you can use the
same tensile stresses permitted for lime-cement mortars.  It may not be as
"pure" as lime-cement mortar but I don't know of a problem with it.

I am reluctant to allow additives to concrete mixes also - even though I
believe potable water probably does more damage to concrete that most

Roger C. Davis
SDS Architects, Inc.

-----Original Message-----
From:	Roger Turk [mailto:73527.1356(--nospam--at)]
Sent:	Friday, June 29, 2001 3:55 PM
To:	seaint(--nospam--at)
Subject:	RE: Masonry Cement

I prohibit the use of both masonry cement and masonry mortar.  If you check
out the specs for both of these, in either ASTM or UBC Standards, you will
see that the specs are mechanical and strength requirements and neither spec
requires *any* portland cement to be included.  Both products are
and the actual constituents are secrets of the producer.

A. Roger Turk, P.E.(Structural)
Tucson, Arizona

Roger Davis wrote:

. > Don't allow it.  The bond strength is not as good and it is not as water
. > tight as lime/cement mortar.  There is much more entrained air in
. > cement which decreases the bond strength.  The strongest argument I have
. > heard for the use of masonry cement is that the masons find it easier to
. > work with and they will do a better job than if they are forced to work
. > with lime/cement mortar. La Farge and at least one other company in the
. > mid-west have a product that is called "mortar cement". I think it has
. > the good properties of lime/cement mortar and it is easier to work with
. > for the masons. Some people think that masonry cement and mortar cement
. > are the same thing. We specify that is it is equally acceptable to
. > lime/cement mortar but make clear that masonry cement is unacceptable.

. > Roger C. Davis
. > Architect
. > SDS Architects, Inc.

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