The basics of lime mortar repointing. This is the first of a few videos I have done on the repointing of a portion of my own building. The other videos will follow as soon as I have a rainy day and no interior work to do. Lime mortar restoration is critical to the future of our architectural past and like so many aspects of traditional building... it is not that complicated. However, it is a LOT of work and slow going and very few masons are using lime mortar without portland cement. I hope this video will help you understand the process and help keep our historic building for generations to come.

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Location: Easton, PA

Comment by Doug McDaniel on August 6, 2009 at 12:12pm
great stuff! I need to repoint, but am so glad I saw this. My mortar looks like much of what I see in the video. soft, recessed... I assume it is lime mortar, but want to be certain I find a brickmason who can do this right.
Comment by Carrie Z on August 6, 2009 at 12:43pm
Thank you! I look forward to seeing more. Someday I will need to get to work on my basement and want to make sure it's done correctly.
Comment by Martin on August 13, 2009 at 2:03am
Yes, this is exactly what I needed! I need to start repointing soon since my mortar is all of the above, as shown in this video.
Comment by Rob Wozniak on August 16, 2009 at 5:54pm
Thanks for the comments. I certainly don't know there is to know but I hope the videos are food for thought, I learned from doing them and will post the remaining as soon as things slow down a little.
Comment by Craig Talley on November 16, 2009 at 2:26pm
Bravo! The mortar is a little wet for my liking ( less water = more binder and better carbonation without shrink cracks) but you nailed the principles of lime mortar and the reason for its use! Good job!
Comment by Brian Edward Mullin on February 5, 2010 at 12:45pm
I use Lime in my Mortar, (w/ creative admixtures,) and 'now' also use witn Exterior White Enamel, as an admixture, for a "Tom Sawyer' Paint Blend!
Comment by ben rogan on May 21, 2010 at 3:28am
Under no circumstances use pva on a mortar for outside the building unless you use the waterproof type ( even then the jury is still out as to whether it is of any use or just an added expense). Your standard pva turns to a gel in extremely wet conditions, even when mixed into a mortar, that will break down the mortar if it freezes. it is bad enough pointing a house once without having to redo it again 5 years down the line.


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