Jointing and pointing

Jointing is done when the mortar is still fresh and wet; pointing is done with stiff mortar, which is partially raked out to a depth of about ¾ in and replaced with fresh mortar. Repointing is a similar process. The commonest joints are:

  • flush, which is flat, does not throw a shadow and tends to be dull;
  • weather-struck, with a recessed top and flush bottom edge. It throws a sharp shadow and protects the lower brick; trowelling across the mortar to form the joint compresses the mortar into the bricks and forms a more weatherproof joint;
  • weathered and cut, with a recessed top and projecting bottom edge to horizontal joints. The bottom edge projects some in beyond the brick face and so emphasizes the horizontality of an elevation; ...

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