Knowing More About Masonry Repair
The construction material that has been long valued for durability and strength is the brick. As a matter of fact, there are actually a lot of buildings made of bricks that are still standing today. But it is important for you to know that masonry also has a weakness. So every time a homeowner will discover an extensive moisture damage or crumbling bricks, he or she needs to seek help from a professional. And you should always do something right away if you will see that the mortar joints are decaying. This article will help you learn how you can replace a bad mortar joint so that you the structural integrity of your brick work will be prolonged and preserved.
You will need some important tools. The power tools that you will need are the rotary hammer drill that comes with a flat chisel head bit and an angle grinder with a 4 to 4.5 inch diamond blade. You should also use a flat blade in order to press the new mortar to the joint, as well as a tuck and a trowel pointer. A joint raker or any other similar tool will also be needed in order to shape and smooth the wet paste. It is also important to have a bag or mortar and mix it in a bucket.
Knowing how bad the problem is important for a successful masonry repair. A house key can be used to scratch the joints in the middle of the brick. Take note that solid mortal will not crumble so it needs to be replaced if it will come out in chunks. Once all of these information are gathered, an angle grinder will be used to make a horizontal cut below and above each of the joints. A hammer drill will be used to work through the grooves and remove all the bad sections that were cut loose. A stiff paintbrush can also be used to clean out the new grooves.
A new batch of mortar will be then mixed up once the bad mortar is removed. The bag of mortar should be mixed with water based on the instructions and the final consistency must be similar to a thick peanut butter. A glob of paste must be placed on top of the trowel and the trowel should be placed in the empty groove. A tuck pointer will tightly pack the new mortar in between the bricks. It is also important to make sure that the paste is not set and hard during the process of filling the grooves with fresh mortar. Normally, a new masoned joint is ready to strike after about thirty minutes of new mortar application. That is why it is important for you to always ask for help from a professional when doing a masonry repair.