How to calculate quantity of mortar and its materials

Friday, September 22, 2017 17:40
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How to calculate quantity of mortar and its materials ?

  • Area of the surface multiply with the thickness gives the quantity of mortar for uniform thickness.
  • This quantity is increased by 30% for filling the joints and to make up uniform surface of wall. It will give wet mixed mortar.
  • This mortar quantity is further increased by 25% to get the dry volume of the ingredients.

  • Quantity of each material of the mortar may be found by dividing the dry volume of mortar by the sum of numerals of the proportions and multiplying the answer with the individual numeral.

For example

Materials for 12 mm or half inch thick plastering in wall for 100 square meter

  • First of all, we have to multiply 100 square meter surface with 12 mm.
  • 100 square meter x 0.012 m = 1.2 cubic meter. (12 mm can also be written as 0.012)
  • 1.2 cubic meter is wet mixed mortar for uniform thickness.
  • Add 30% in this value to fill up joints, uneven surfaces, etc., the quantity of mortar comes out 1.2 + 0.36 = 1.56 cubic meter.
  • Increasing by 25% the total dry volume will be 1.2+0.36+0.39 = 1.95 cubic meter or 2 cubic meter.
  • For cement sand mortar, cement = dry volume / ( sum of ratios) x numeral of cement.
  • For 1:4 cement sand mortar, cement will be 2/5 x 1 = 0.4 cubic meter.
  • For 1:4 cement sand mortar, sand will be 2/5 x 4 = 1.6 cubic meter.
  • In this way you can calculate the dry volume of any ratio of mortar ingredients.
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