Standard Test Method for Preconstruction and Construction Evaluation of Mortars for Plain and Reinforced Unit Masonry
1.1 This test method covers procedures for the sampling and testing of mortars for composition and for their plastic and hardened properties, either before or during their actual use in construction.
Guide C 1586 provides guidance on evaluating mortar and clarifies the purpose of both this test method and Specification C 270.
The testing agency performing this test method should be evaluated in accordance with Practice C 1093.
1.2 Preconstruction Evaluation - This test method permits comparisons of mortars made from different materials under simulated field conditions. It is also used to establish baseline values for comparative evaluation of field mortars.
1.3 Construction Evaluation - Use of this method in the field provides a means for quality assurance of field-mixed mortar. It includes methods for verifying the mortar mix proportions, comparing test results for field mortars to preconstruction testing, and determining batch-to-batch uniformity of the mortar.
1.4 The test results obtained under this test method are not required to meet the minimum compressive values in accordance with the property specifications in Specification C 270.
This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use. For specific hazards statements, see Section 8.
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