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How to Repair Crumbling Mortar

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    LESLIE: Barbara in Texas is on the line with a brick question. What’s going on?

    BARBARA: Well, I have brick around my house and the mortar is coming out. Back when it was built around 40 years ago, they didn’t put in enough of the cement so it would stay in. So, I don’t know if that’s something I should attempt to try to fill in. I know matching the grout color is real important. What do you all recommend?

    TOM: So do you have a lot of this to do, Barbara? Or is this just sort of some minor repairs?

    BARBARA: No, there’s quite a bit.

    TOM: Yeah, I wouldn’t recommend you do it yourself. I’d have a mason do this because there is some technique to this. You have to mix up the mortar just right. It’s got to be kind of sticky. And once it’s laid in, it really takes a skilled hand to do it. So, I would have a professional do that. I would not make that a do-it-yourself project.

    If it were just some areas that were broken out and needed some minor fix, then I’d say OK. But if there’s a lot of repointing to do, I would not suggest you do that yourself, only because it takes an awful lot of practice and a sort of a steady hand. That is something you wouldn’t be able to do right out of the gate.

    BARBARA: OK.
     

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