Masonry & Tuckpointing Services
Before outlining the complete procedure involved in tuckpointing or re-pointing Chicago. I also would like to explain the precise meaning of these three-word term that is often misused. I will outline at least three definitions of this term Tuckpointing or re pointing. Note these terms could be interchangeably be used.
Tuckpointing is a method where two different mortar colors typically with a contrasting one matching the color of brick are made in such a way that they leave an illusion which leaves an impression that a fine joint has been used to link the two bricks. What is Essentially done is, the brick color matching mortar is used to fill the joint then the thinner line contrasting mortar is added on top. However, this procedure requires the services of a skilled tradesman.
Pointing denotes the visible, external part of a mortar joint which is the mortar line one sees between the blocks, stones, bricks, etcetera. Re-pointing is a process whereby fading and old mortar from between the stones, bricks, or blocks, are removed and replaced it with new mortar mix.
From the three definitions, it is apparent that the majority of clients in Chicago state and by extension those of Chicagoland Fireplace & Chimney Restoration are more interested in re pointing than the rest yet still call it tuckpointing. Having said that let’s now shift our focus explaining the common, masonry wall re-pointing procedure.
Chicago Tuckpointing, old mortar removing using an angle grinder
Tuckpointing Chicago – Brick Wall Repointing
There are 3 key parts of this procedure alongside with some other smaller, but still important parts.
- Tuckpointing Chicago Old Mortar Removal
This involves cutting out of the old as well as deteriorating joints in stone, block, and brick masonry wall using the following implements plugging or joint chisels, dogging, and tools comb hammers devoted for this purpose.
Tuckpointing are made that in future they will be able to binding inside the joint and stop chipping the wall part edges in the correct way.
Residential tuckpointing Chicago this involves power cleaning of the masonry wall. It is not only faster but also an easier method of raking out the old mortar by means of an angle grinder that has with a 5 or 6 mm mortar raking. The most common mode they are used is in conjunction with a vacuum to make the most of dust control, however in neighborhoods that only use hand not power tools only can be utilized.
It is clear enough that on many of the tuck pointed Chicago buildings that this initial, extremely vital re-pointing step has been missed completely or the old mortar was only scratched instead of being removed to provide some hold for the application of new mortar.
If this happens to be your decision to make ensure you understand the repercussions such as the newly applied mortar dropping quicker this eventually fully means you have wasted you’re hard earned saving as well the investment resulted in nothing.
- Tuckpointing Chicago Cleanup
Immediately following the Tuckpointing Chicago Old Mortar Removal step is The next step is eliminating any remaining wreckage and dust from the surfaces of the masonry and dampening them to make certain thorough grip for the newly applied mortar. And this is only made possible thanks, power washing the wall surfaces using plain water.
- Tuckpointing Chicago New Mortar Application
The third step and probably the last step involves the application of the new mortar, which is described as a rather gradual, meticulous effort which needs requires exceptional skills, as well as a lot of patience. Chicagoland Fireplace & Chimney Restoration always apply the mortar by hand using some very distinct hand tools namely: a slasher, also known as mortar jointer, a pointing trowel, in addition to a tray.
Naturally the joints are a packed flush with the wall surface then, by means of the mortar joiner; it is slightly downed and lastly brushed clean to the delight of the eager customer.
This may appear to be a rather easy job, but it is not – actually it is a tedious and very technical job. And, for this reason, an expert it must do it. The reason behind this is to cover the fact that something has essentially been freshly restored. If the fresh tucks seem to be a new addition, then clearly the work is poor. Remember that always if you notice cracks, chips or any sort of damage to the brick, block, or stone, then tuckpointing is required, therefore, contact our masonry repair professional company Chicagoland Fireplace & Chimney Restoration.