Crumbling mortar in brick foundation

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Old 01-06-00, 06:51 AM
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Does anyone know how to repair crumbling mortar in a brick foundation from a house built in the 1890's?
 
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Old 01-06-00, 09:20 PM
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If the mortar is "crumbling", and not just in need of repointing, the project is beyond "Do it Yourself". General steps: an Engineering assessment, afterward the house will be placed on jacks and beams, the brick work removed, and then replacement.

An Engineer would develop the lift plan, design the repair(s), and specify the materials. A Contractor or Contractors will execute the Engineers plans and specifications. A less expensive possibility: maybe, a Contractor specializing in Foundation Repair could do all of the work.

If "crumbing" means the mortar has deteriorated to a depth of one half of an Inch or less, and the Foundation is sound otherwise, a skilled Mason should be able to duplicate the mortar (possibly with some research) and then repoint it.

Possible free advice: the City or County Engineer or Building Offical. Either one may
offer an opinion about how to proceed and may offer the names of a reputable Contractors and Engineers, and may be able to offer other suggestions.
 
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