Repair Mortar

  • Repair Mortar

About Repair Mortar

Brick is one of the most prized exteriors for homes because it is so good-looking and also simple to maintain. Yet over the years, water, ice plus periodic growth and contraction each attack the solid mass of a brick wall at its most elastic (and weakest) point: the mortar joints.

Mortar joints deteriorate wherever water could soak them—under windows plus walls, around funnels, behind downspouts, at ground level and at any exposed wall top. Repairing eroding and also cracked mortar joints is called pointing, repointing or tuck pointing. We will display you the appropriate tools and also methods to repair and also restore cracked and also worn away mortar joints to make them hard, durable plus very good looking. To keep them that way for the long run, you have to stop water from receiving into your bricks plus foundation.
Repointing brick is slow, painstaking work that requires few special skills but more patience. Using the steps, we show, you could expect to repoint about 20 sq. ft. of brick work a day. However, if you rush and do careless work on a highly visible area, the repointing brickwork would stick out like graffiti. Brick is durable; bad consequences would bother you for a long time! If you don’t have repointing brick experience, consider hiring a pro for:

  • Larger scale pointing jobs, such as a whole wall that needs repair.
  • Chimney and wall repair requiring setting up and moving scaffolding.
  • Areas with a lot of loose or missing brick requiring rebuilding walls or corners.
  • Color matching new mortar to existing mortar in highly visible areas.

 

Project Guidelines

When working with cement based products always wear eye protection and waterproof gloves.

Step 1:
Eliminate any unsound or flaking concrete from the repair zone using a hammer and also chisel or with a masonry grinding disk and also a portable drill.
Step 2:
Remove any loose material, oil as well as grease then clean the surface with QUIKRETE Concrete and also Asphalt Cleaner.
Step 3:
Systematically solution the repair zone after cleaning.
Step 4:
Unzip the re-sealable closure and also break the protective seal. Add 1 1/4 cups of clean water.
Step 5:
Squeeze the pouch to eliminate the excess air and also then zip the pouch shut and knead the bag for about 3 minutes – until a lump free reliability is gained.
Step 6:
Dampen the repair zone with water.
Step 7:
Build up the repair mortar in layers using the application trowel. The 1st layer should be pressed into the repair zone using firm trowel pressure.
Step 8:
Continue to construct and sculpt the repair mortar so that the surface of the repair is above the surrounding concrete.
Step 9:
Mold plus shape the repair mortar to match the contour of the surrounding concrete using the application trowel once the patch has become thumb print hard.