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Point - to place plastic mortar into joints to correct defects or to completely fill joints in newly laid masonry.
Re-point - to place plastic mortar into cut or raked joints to correct defective mortar joints in masonry.
Tuck-point - (1) to point masonry with a flush mortar joint that approximates the color of the masonry units and a mortar of contrasting color that is shaped into a thin strip. (2) see re-point.
The term re-point is used throughout. The slightly different procedures involved with the first definition of tuck-point, the more traditional definition of this term, are not discussed here.
A common maintenance task for brick masonry is repair of mortar joints. The longevity of mortar joints will vary with the exposure conditions and the mortar materials used, but a lifespan of more than 25 years is typical. The longevity of brick, however, may well exceed 100 years. Consequently, occasional repair of the mortar joints is expected over the life of the brick masonry. It is our observation that the most common reason for re-pointing brick masonry is to improve water penetration resistance. Re-pointing deteriorated mortar joints is one of the most effective and permanent ways of decreasing water entry into brickwork. This is because the most common means of water entry into a brick masonry wall is through de-bonded, cracked or deteriorated mortar joints.
Finding a Good Re-pointer
An important step toward a successful re-pointing job is to secure a qualified and experienced re-pointing craftsman. An individual who is an excellent mason/bricklayer may not be a good re-pointer. It is suggested that skills be substantiated by prior re-pointing projects or by pre-qualifying. One method of evaluating craftsmanship is to designate an inconspicuous section of the brick masonry and permit candidates to place a sample of their work on that section of the masonry. The skills in question are: (1) cutting out the mortar joints to the proper depth and profile with minimal damage to adjacent brick units (2) proper preparation of the mortar for re-pointing, (3) proper placement of mortar by layering, compacting and tooling, and (4) accurate color matching to adjacent, original mortar joints. Cleanliness of the re-pointing operation is also important, so that extensive cleaning of the finished wall is not necessary.
What to Re-point
A critical step in the re-pointing operation is to identify wall areas which require re-pointing. This step is critical because only defective joints require repair, re-pointing is very labor-intensive work, and original mortar joints in good condition are preferred over re-pointed mortar joints. Conditions which may require re-pointing include: (1) mortar erosion more than 6 mm, (2) crumbling mortar, (3) hairline cracks in the mortar, and (4) cracks between the brick and mortar. Visual observation in combination with light scraping with a metal tool can detect cracked, spalled and crumbly mortar joints. This is the most common means of determining areas to be re-pointed. On older buildings, "cleaning" by low or moderate pressure water wash (not grit or chemical wash) may be required to evaluate the condition of mortar joints. Consult Technical Notes 20 for proper water washing techniques. It must be emphasized that, in this case, the purpose of cleaning is not to get a new looking building.
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