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Glue in cold/damp weather

Discussion in 'Hardscaping' started by PerfiCut L&L, Nov 13, 2006.

  1. PerfiCut L&L

    PerfiCut L&L LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 458

    Just put a small retaining wall with capstones, and am having problem getting the adhesive to set. Ive tried a couple different types. General masonry adhesive, which didnt work. Followed that up with Liquid Nails for concrete/masonry. Which also didnt work. Im thinking it must be the weather. We've had a recent run of cool-cold temps with rain every 4 or 5 days.

    What would you suggest?
  2. YardPro

    YardPro LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,570

    there are several adhesives that are "wet set". they have to be applied on damp surfaces.

    pavetech's website and look into the different adhesieves available.
  3. Mike33

    Mike33 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,649

    I did a wall last week and glued the caps in a light drizzle and it worked well. I dont glue that often because i use ab that has a lip. This wall was cornerstone and cap was flat. What i use then is licquid nail the kind that says waterproof, dont get the masonry type. We had to remove 2 caps 1 day later due to customer wanted the wall a little longer, we chiseled and chiseled and finally got them off pita. We actually tore a hunk out of the bottom of cap. So it worked very well, any questions pm me and ill actually get a part number. I get this at lowes.
  4. zedosix

    zedosix LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,665

    Are you cleaning the surface first? Typically in this cold weather what I do is clean the surface with water, use a chamois to soak up most of the moisture, apply the glue (we use PL premium) then tap then down with a rubber mallet. Not much else to do other than wait for the sun to shine.

    Which may not be until next April:cry:
  5. crab

    crab LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 633

    glue for "rocks" isnt that cute.see ya in ten years.
  6. zedosix

    zedosix LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,665

  7. AztlanLC

    AztlanLC LawnSite Bronze Member
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  8. YardPro

    YardPro LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,570


    you should still be gluing the top caps.... this is one thing that adds strength to the wall..

    also if someone walks on the top caps, and steps on the edge the top cap will flip up and they could fall and get seriously hurt.

    DUSTYCEDAR LawnSite Fanatic
    from PA
    Messages: 5,132

    i use titebond landscape i have used it in the snow and it works great
  10. Mike33

    Mike33 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,649

    I cant argue with you but they seem to work.What i have found is most of my walls have curves which means we cut a lot of caps. I always fill backside almost to top of cap with top soil, dec. stone, etc. With these 2 comboes they seem to fitand lock tight. Most of my walls and you have to know my location seems to be in background holding a bank and does not get any one walking on them. I have some that i do glue when i feel someone might be walking on them.

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