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Tuckpointing & Repointing
Historic Masonry Restoration
Foundation and Structural Repairs
What is Tuckpointing?
Tuckpointing is a mortar joint repair process in masonry construction. It is the process of removing the deteriorated mortar joints from the masonry and cutting them to a uniform depth and filing with a fresh mortar mix. Tuckpointing is not only performed on old joints, but also for improper joints of new walls.
· This process allows you to keep the existing material and base without having to remove and replace.
· Historical brick homes or exterior brick walls are so easing to the eyes. However, every brick building requires much care and attention because they age or deteriorate over time; thus, it requires maintenance or repair. However, tuckpointing is one of the most effective ways to ensure that every exterior brick structure remains timelessly beautiful.
How Tuck Pointing is done:
First, assessing where the damaged mortar should be done. And then, prepare the needed equipment like ladders or scaffolding to make sure you reach the area safely.
And then, start by removing a depth of at least one inch in the mortar joints. Some masons do the process of joint removal by using a hammer and chisel or with a 4″ angle grinder. However, there are also different ways to do this.
After that, there will be debris and dust from the ground-out mortar joints, which you will brush off using a masonry brush. But if you have a high-pressure nozzle with you, that will do too.
As suggested by the mortar manufacturer, create a mortar mix in a wheelbarrow with clean water. And make sure that it matches your brick color. This might be a complicated process because it requires blending with mortar pigment, which is sometimes a struggle to achieve the exact match. Getting the precise ratio of pigment to mortar would help!
Next is filling up every joint with mortar. Start filling wet mortar with the horizontal joints, and make sure you are using the right tool for the size of the joints.
The next step would be allowing the mortar to cure first. Let it sit rather for about 30 minutes for the curing process. Loose mortar must be brushed out from the joint. It is also recommended to keep the area with moisture, either by covering it with plastic sheeting or misting it with water for 3 days.
After the construction has been completed, you may apply a masonry cleaner to remove residual haze. And then, you may proceed to apply a sealer on it; however, it is not necessary.
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