On the House

By on February 22, 2014

Brick is both an attractive and durable finish. However, over time the mortar that bonds the bricks together can become cracked or loose. The removal and replacement of cracked or missing mortar between the bricks is called, “pointing.”

Start the process by chipping away cracked or loose mortar using a cold chisel and a hammer. Be careful not to damage the bricks. Next, use a brush to remove the remaining debris. Brush the joints with water before repointing them. This will ensure that water is not sucked from the mortar by the dry bricks.

Mix up a batch of masonry mortar and force it into place using a mason’s trowel. Do the vertical joints first, then the horizontal. Complete the job by removing the excess mortar and shaping the joint with a brick jointer.

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