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Interesting Info: Traditional English Tuckpointing!
The process of tuckpointing involves removing the existing mortar from between the brick joints. New lime stopping mortar is then colour matched to the bricks or stonework.
The stopping mortar is applied, lightly brushed and scribed level lines are cut into the mortar to accept the tuckpointed ribbon. The tuckpointed ribbon is then applied to the newly pointed brick joints and trimmed from each side to leave a fine ribbon, stonework will have a slightly thicker line.
The brick wall is then carefully cleaned with a soft bristled hand brush to remove any remaining snots. Tuckpointing is the most expensive and time consuming type of pointing there is but the end result is stunning.
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Weatherstruck jointing is a less common technique used today, mainly due to the fact that it is time consuming to achieve and requires a lot of experience to get the required results. Patience is required but when done correctly this method gives an aesthetically pleasing look to your brick or stone walls and will be resistant to adverse weather conditions.
Weatherstruck & Cut
A bucket handle joint is formed with a jointer that is half round or circular in section. The tool is pulled along the joint in contact with the edges of the bricks on either side. Cross joints are finished first, then the bed joints. Shallow bucket handle joints and mortar to match the bricks emphasise the plain surface of the brickwork.
Bucket Handle Joints
Concave pointing is more commonly known as bucket handle and is probably the most commonly used in the UK today and is created with a Jointing Iron. The mortar is pushed up to edge of the brick with the jointer to create a curved affect, which will allow the water to run off the joint and this will achieve good resistance against moisture penertration.