Repointing is needed in places where the mortar joints have become soft or the mortar itself is cracked or damaged. The damaged mortar is removed carefully, using a chisel and hammer, so as not to disturb the surrounding brick masonry. Fresh mortar is applied in layers. When repointing, the depth of the new mortar should be twice the width of the mortar joint. Mortar applied directly to the damaged surface will not hold up. Owners of older homes will want to make sure that the fresh mortar matches the original, therefore colour mixtures may have to be included in the fresh mortar.


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