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Old 10-18-2019, 09:37 PM
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So, I acquired a pet Gargoyle for the Homestead from the ongoing clean out of the gal with money to burn. He is awesome But, he has a damaged wing. Anybody ever tackled something like this ?? He appears to be molded concrete. I need to fix the tip of his wing.
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Old 10-19-2019, 05:47 AM
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Wire brush the broken concrete, wet the brushed area and mix up 3 parts sand and one part Portland cement, then add water to a fairly dry mix. apply by hand and shape accordingly. Use a damp paint brush after an hour of setting to smooth repaired area. Paint if desired.
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Old 10-19-2019, 08:24 AM
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Wire brush the broken concrete, wet the brushed area and mix up 3 parts sand and one part Portland cement, then add water to a fairly dry mix. apply by hand and shape accordingly. Use a damp paint brush after an hour of setting to smooth repaired area. Paint if desired.
I would add lime.
A mortar mix is 3 part sand, 2 part cement, 1 part lime.
I have watched Mexicans carving mortar with a knife and smooth and rub with a wet rag.
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Cool, I knew someone would have some info. We are going down the hill to take the kids out for their Birthday so I can pick up what I need at Home depot. Thanks
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Have you picked a name for it yet?

'Hillary' looks right for it.
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Have you picked a name for it yet?

'Hillary' looks right for it.
That moniker would be quite an insult to the gargoyle. I unloaded the gargoyle the other night and set it on the porch. The wife let Shiloh and Spirit out before dawn the next morning. Shiloh always shoots out the door like a rocket so he didn't see the statue until she called him in. He about had a fit hackles up barking and growling. He was all bent by the creature on his porch
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So, we did the run down the hill celebrated the kids birthday at a nice steakhouse plus did a walmart run prior to dinner and picked up repair materials for "Project Gargoyle " at Lowes. Rather than buy a bag of Portland,sand and lime or a bag of mortar mix I found a small bag of Repair mortar that I believe will fit the bill. Worst case scenario if it doesn't work I'll knock it off before it cures to full hardness and go with traditional mortar mix.
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I have watched Mexicans carving mortar with a knife
Now ya just got to go with this below as a comedic sense of humor nothing more...

"Mexicans" Oh geez You almost scared the crap out of me...
We call it here "Mexicans with a knife" Their American express card...


On a more serious note...
But yeah when we lived out west, there was an old Mexican fella who brought
those types of ceramics and concrete statues stuff through and once in a while, he'd sell some on the side of the road going to Cali.
he was a pretty good guy if you bought something from him and pending if it were worth repair next time he came through and you could get to visit with him let him know it broke and he'd stop by and fix it for ya... fairly quick too

He was from somewhere up in Ciudad Acuna'
I believe he used the exact things you mentioned... he was a nice fella I always thought a lot of the ole guy... ya just don't run into good people like that here often...

He made it look easy to repair but I guess that comes from being his trade and daily business that makes it looks so easy to do... all I ever did was mess it up then pay him whenever he came back around to fix it right...

which was our little fountains and ponds for our turtles, when I was into the exotics like twist neck turtles and mata matas.
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Did the wing repair last night. I'm pretty happy with how it came out.
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Did the wing repair last night. I'm pretty happy with how it came out.
Looks great!!!!
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