DIY Tuckpointing?

Old 08-08-01, 12:51 PM
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After having spent big bucks on several home improvement projects in the last year, our funds and our willingness to take on more such projects are minimal. As such, we'd like to explore the Do It Yourself possibilities regarding a tuckpointing job that needs to be done on the north wall of the house. Is this something that can be done without having to call in someone very expensive? Has anyone done their own tuckpointing before, or is it just not a DIY kind of project? Thanks in advance.
Old 08-12-01, 02:30 PM
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Tuckpointing and repointing are often used interchangeably, so I'll try to be clear. Both are approachable.

Repointing is done for weather reistance. Tuckpointing is the more decortive process of infillling with colored mortar (typically white). In both cases the old mortar is chiseled, cut, or ground away and replaced either with hand tools or with a mortar gun (a cross between a caulking gun and a texturing gun [hopper potion]).

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