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Bricks of brick wall are loose with loose and/or missing
mortar in between.
Tools / Materials (See Below for
Hammer (preferably a mason's hammer)
Chisel (preferably a mason's chisel)
Pointing tool (preferably an electric pointing mortar gun)
Masonry rake with two wheels (for ensuring the evenness of the
Mortar mix/masonry cement
Sand (for mortar mix/masonry cement)
Over time, you may notice that one or many bricks
of your brick wall are becoming loose because the mortar between the
bricks is either crumbling or already missing. This requires
some work in refitting the loose bricks with fresh mortar, and is
commonly referred to as "repointing bricks."
Caution: When dealing with any device that requires electrical
power, like an electric pointing tool such as the Quikpoint Mortar
Gun, make sure you take precautions before you work on it,
including disconnecting the power. Further, overall, make sure
you take precautions in the chiseling of bricks, etc., wearing all
precautionary gear, such as goggles and gloves, to protect yourself.
Repointing bricks can be done in a
few steps, and here's how::
screwdriver, pry out and remove all the loose mortar/cement
chunks around the loose bricks to about an inch into the
surrounding joints of such loose bricks. If need be, for
somewhat hard-to-remove, much more solidified cement chunks, use
a hammer and chisel to slowly remove such chunks away, making
sure not to chip the surface or edges of the bricks in the
the loose mortar/cement chunks, use a stiff bristle brush to
brush off all the dust and other debris from the joints of the
Next, prepare a
batch of mortar mix/masonry cement: Using a wheelbarrow in which
to make the batch, make a mix ratio of about 6:2 (6 parts
dry-mix masonry cement to 2 parts sand), and use your trowel to
help mix the batch. Then add water to this mixture until
you are able to make a stiff, good paste that does not have too
much water to it.
With the batch
finalized into a good pasty mortar mix in your wheelbarrow,
drive your wheelbarrow as close to the jobsite as possible,
where the brick wall is in need of repair, if it has not been
driven there already.
Now, use your
trowel to scoop up some of the mortar mix from the wheelbarrow,
and then immediately bring this trowel near--and actually hold
it alongside--one of the joints of the loose bricks, and use a
hand pointing tool (or even an electric pointing mortar gun) to
stuff the mortar mix that's on the trowel into the joint so as
to completely fill up this joint with such mortar mix.
Repeat this process with all the affected joints of each loose
brick until all loose bricks have had their joints filled with
such fresh mortar mix.
Take a rake with
wheels and roll it over the joints freshly filled with mortar
mix so that it can make these joints even by flattening them as
necessary through a roll-over in order to make such
freshly-filled-mortar-mix joints consistent in shape with the
existing hardened joints of the rest of the bricks that make up
the wall under repair.
Allow for the
applied mortar mix on the wall to cure/dry. After at least
a couple of hours, gently go over the surface of the repointed
bricks with a soft bristle brush so as to remove any lingering
That's how to repoint
your brick wall so as to make it as good as new.
Handyman Zone Team
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