I am starting applying a scratch coat to a brick wall. I have cleaned the wall and wet it ready to start. I am using sand and lime mortar. It doesn’t seem to be sticking to wall and falls off and sometimes sticks to trowel. Not sure what the problem is?
dont use lime and make sure you do the right mix
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Have you put to much lime in your mix,have you used sbr which is also mixed in with your render mix
Pva the wall first use soft wash sand and cement no lime because lime is only used to stop the sand and cement from going off so quick its a retardent has to be nice fluffy mix aswell
Lime becomes a very sticky substance once mixed. If its in the plans to use lime i would use lime dumpy bags that is premixed. Pre wet the walls down, Scratch coat with haired lime and top coat with unhaired pre mixed lime. You will also find that the bricks are to smooth for anything to stick to, even with sand and cement. So prior to scratch coat i would apply a scat coat pver to give it something to key to on your first coat.
I think you need to get a plasterer out to look at job or call a local plasterer for advice
You need to ad opc to the mix 4 parts plastering sand 1 part opc that will be fine