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  How to make mortar stretch!
by TexasDave

Throughout the Barrio Antiguo (Old Quarter) most of the construction is of stone w/ mortar. It's interesting to see the way the use of expensive mortar was minimized. Everywhere there was a larger gap small pieces of stratified shale or limestone were stuck in to close the gap. It worked, because 250-300 years later and it is still standing!

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  • Updated Feb 4, 2005
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