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business and finance construction industry# How many shovels of sand do I need for mortar?

Last Updated: 5th April, 2021

**will**just barely fit 1 bag of Masonry

**Cement**and 18 to 20

**shovels of sand**. A standard wheelbarrow very comfortable fits 3 of the 60# bags of Pre-mixed

**Mortar**, or 2 of the 80# or 94# bags of Pre-mix

**Mortar**.

Masonry

**Cement**.

1 bag | 70# or 78# Masonry Cement |
---|---|

18 to 20 “Shovels” | Masonry Sand |

5 Gallons | Clean Water |

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Also know, how many shovels of sand do I need for a shovel of mortar?

Sand helps flesh out the concrete mortar mixture, so while you can sometimes go as low as **three shovels** of sand to one shovel of cement, anything beyond that does not provide you with a quality mortar that cures slowly and hardens the best.

Subsequently, question is, how much sand do I need for Type N mortar? **Type N mortar** mix has a medium compressive strength and it is composed of 1 part Portland cement, 1 part lime, and 6 parts **sand**. It is considered to be a general-purpose mix, useful for above grade, exterior, and interior load-bearing installations. It is also the preferred **mortar** mix for soft stone masonry.

how many shovels of sand do I need for a half bag of cement?

**Three shovels** of sand and one cement! ie 4 shovels in a bag of cement = 12 sand!

What is the ratio of sand to cement?

For general purposes, mix 6 parts **sand** to 1 part **cement**. For heavy duty projects, I was taught to mix 4 parts **sand** to 1 part **cement**, but recently, I've been mixing 3 parts **sand** to 1 part **cement**. The **ratio** you choose depends on the intended use.