Tackle These 3 Outdoor Projects with Sakrete®

Want to install a new mailbox that makes the HOA happy? We can help. Setting a new privacy fence so your backyard barbecues can be a little more exclusive? We’ve got you covered. From finishing a mailbox with a stone veneer façade to building a dry stack wall to hide AC units and trash cans, this spring Sakrete is here to help you prep for three common outdoor projects.

Setting a new privacy fence or installing a mailbox post

What you’ll need:

Steps to setting a new privacy fence or installing a mailbox post:
1. Dig a post hole. The diameter of the hole should be three times the width of the post, and the depth of the hole should be 1/3 the post height above ground.
2. Add around six inches of Sakrete All Purpose Gravel to the bottom of the post hole and compact the gravel using a tamper or shovel.
3. Set the post into the hole
4. Use a level to position the post in an upright position.
5. Fill the hole 1/3 full of water.
6. Add Sakrete Fast Setting Concrete Mix directly into the hole.
7. If the surface is dry, add more water. Excess surface water is not a problem.
8. Re-check the level of the post to make sure it is upright.
9. The mix will set hard in 20 to 30 minutes and will be ready for fence construction or the added weight of a mailbox in around four hours.

Enhancing a mailbox with stone veneer

What you’ll need:

  • Sakrete Stone Veneer Mortar
  • Wheelbarrow, mortar pan or mixer
  • Water
  • Felt moisture barrier
  • Metal lath
  • Trowel
  • Natural stone or artificial stone veneer
  • Grout bag
  • Jointing tool
  • Safety glasses

Steps to finishing a mailbox with stone veneer:
1. Use an existing concrete block mailbox post.
2. Install a felt moisture barrier and lath over surfaces that do not allow for direct bond such as painted concrete, block or masonry surfaces.
3. Attach metal lath once the moisture barrier is in place.
4. Mix the Sakrete Stone Veneer Mortar according to the directions stated on the bag using a wheelbarrow, mortar pan or mixer.
5. Apply a thin layer, called a scratch coat, of Sakrete Stone Veneer Mortar over the metal lath, concrete or block approximately ½” thick ensuring the lath, concrete or block is completely covered, thick enough to scratch and in place at least 12 hours before setting stone.
6. Practice laying out your stone in the design you want on the ground and use a chipping hammer to reshape any stones as needed.
7. Mix another batch to apply the stone veneer.
8. Apply Sakrete Stone Veneer Mortar to the back of the stone.
9. Begin setting stones at the lowest point on the wall and work up. Press the stone firmly in place using a twisting motion, and hold the stone in place until it feels secure.
10. Remove any excess Sakrete Stone Veneer Mortar from the stone faces before it dries.
11. Add Sakrete Stone Veneer Mortar to the joints between the stones using a grout bag commonly found at hardware or home improvement stores.
12. Squeeze the Sakrete Stone Veneer Mortar into the joints.
13. Allow the mortar to stiffen to thumbprint-hard, and smooth with a jointing tool.

Installing a wall around an AC unit or area for trash cans

What you’ll need:

Steps to building a dry stack wall:
1. Place mortar on an existing or newly poured footer with Sakrete Mortar Mix Type S to secure the first layer of block. Be sure the first course of blocks are level.
2. Next, begin stacking each course of block for the wall space you require. Remember to stack the blocks so that the vertical joints stagger using a brick pattern.
3. Throughout this block stacking phase and at the completion, check that the wall has remained level. Brick ties can be used to help as spacers to level each course of block.
4. Once you reach the desired height, it is time to place the cap blocks.
5. Apply the Sakrete Polyurethane Construction Adhesive in a zig-zag pattern to the top surface of the last row of your block.
6. Press the cap block firmly together to ensure good contact with the construction adhesive.
7. Allow the construction adhesive to set for 24 hours.
8. Mix the Sakrete Surface Bonding Cement according to the mixing instructions on the back of the bag.
9. Before applying the Surface Bonding Cement, dampen the surface of the block wall and cap block.
10. Start at the base of the wall and trowel upwards with the Surface Bonding Cement in even coats with the minimum thickness being no less than an 1/8” thick.
11. Don’t fret small imperfections, as they can be smoothed out by using a dry, soft bristle brush before the material has set.




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