(Part 1 of this article can be viewed HERE)
Now that we know what causes brickwork to need re-pointing and how to prepare for it, it's time to look at the procedure itself for getting your brickwork back up to scratch!
You will require a hawk to carry the mortar, a pointing trowel and a soft brush
- Always start at the top of the walling to be pointed and work downwards to prevent dropped mortar marking the cleaned brickwork below.
- Make sure the joints are clear of any loose old mortar.
- Load the hawk with mortar flattened to about a 10mm thickness.
- Using your pointing trowel, pick up small amounts of mortar from the hawk and press firmly into the “perp” joints, (these are the vertical joints). Carefully fill each perp joint using a second filling if necessary.
- After filling the perp joints start on the bed joints (these are the horizontal joints)
- Carefully fill each bed joint with a second application if required.
- After completing an area of approximately one square meter, finish the mortar off with a pointing trowel. **
- Apply the mortar filling to the rest of the wall.
- When sufficiently dry, brush off with a fine brush to remove any excess mortar.
** At this stage there are a number of different finishes you could apply, however they require in-depth tutorial that can't be provided from this blog alone. If you would like to find out more, give Access Training a call on 0800 345 7492 for information on our range of bricklaying and construction courses for DIY enthusiasts and professionals alike.
- Richard James