Repointing Bricks Around Your Home

What You'll Need
Garden Hose
Mortar bag

The process of repointing bricks helps to renovate the walls of a building. Even though bricks are strong, they will require maintenance after a certain period of time. Essentially, the mortar will have started to decay and as a result it will need to be removed and replaced with new mortar.

Step 1 - Removing the Old Mortar

Inspect the bricks around your house. In order to repoint the bricks, you will need to start off by removing the old mortar. Some parts will have softened up so much that they can be removed easily by scraping them away with a brush. A hammer and chisel will help you to remove the decayed mortar.

Step 2 - Cleaning Up

Once you have removed the old mortar, you will need to clean up the dust and other residue that has developed. It is also recommended that you spray the bricks with a garden hose because it is best that it has been moistened up before applying the new mortar.

Step 3 - Mix the Mortar

Now mix the mortar by adding water to it in a bucket. Keep mixing it with a trowel until you perceive that it has developed a good consistency.

Step 4 - Applying the Mortar

Start applying the new mortar to the bricks. You can use a mortar bag for this job. Make sure to fill in the brick's edges and joints well. Wipe away any excess mortar with a sponge before it starts to harden.