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Replacing mortar between bricks.

jargan
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Replacing mortar between bricks.

How do I replace the mortar between brick where it has worn away on the exterior walls.

 

MitchellMc
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Re: Replacing mortar between bricks.

Welcome to the Bunnings Workshop community @jargan. It's fabulous to have you join us and many thanks for your question.

 

If there are just a few areas of the mortar to refill then I would suggest a product similar to Mortafil 450g Mortar. This product is available in eight different colours and can be applied with a caulking gun. If you have a larger area to fill you might like to purchase a powdered product like Australian Builders 20kg Mortar Mix. You can use a Hyde 13mm Tuck Pointing Trowel to apply the mortar into the gaps.

 

Before using either of these products it would be beneficial to scrape out any mortar that is soft or powdery within the gaps.

 

Please let me know if you need further assistance or had questions.

 

Mitchell

 

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jargan
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Re: Replacing mortar between bricks.

Thank you Mitchell, should I do any preparation to the areas or just wet them down?

Kind regards

Jargan

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MitchellMc
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Re: Replacing mortar between bricks.

Hi @jargan,

 

The only preparation would be to remove any mortar that is soft or powdery. You can use a heavy mist to dampen the wall and mortar joints down before applying the mortar.

 

Start by using a small sharp trowel and fill the cleaned-out joints with mortar. Begin with the verticals and finish with the horizontals. Pack the mortar in tightly, making sure there are no gaps or air holes. If the old mortar has a U-shape then use a mortar jointer to re-establish it on the new work. A soft-bristled brush can be used to remove the excess mortar from the wall.

 

It would be a good idea to lightly mist the wall down once a day for the next three days to prevent the mortar from drying out too quickly.

 

Please let me know if you need further information or had questions.

 

Mitchell

 

 

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newfast
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Re: Replacing mortar between bricks.

Hi @MitchellMc 

 

I am new here and found this link while searching online.

 

My toilet wall in garage has that powdery thing coming out of brick wall, house is in good condition and built in 1983-85 and online research shows usage of lime powder etc.

 

as per your recommendation "remove any mortar that is soft or powdery" : - how much we need to remove as the 5 to 6 bricks from floor few places that powder is falling and the more I touch the more it comes out.

 

Just want to make sure that I don't take out more than required. Someone else suggested using Frenchman's tool but Bunnings search shows "0" is there a another name for this tool?

 

Appreciate your help and I have attached the pics in this thread as it seems appropriate.IMG_20201221_103519 (002).jpgIMG_20201221_103514 (002).jpg

 

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MitchellMc
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Re: Replacing mortar between bricks.

Welcome to the Bunnings Workshop community @newfast. It's fantastic to have you join us and many thanks for your question.

 

It appears in your case that you have a complete degradation of the mortar. Is any of the mortar in that wall solid? Check with a steel tool on the bricks above and see if you can dig it out easily. If you can continue to dig out a powdery mortar and there is no sound layer, then I would encourage you to have a professional assess the wall. My concern is that the structural integrity of the wall is compromised and that this is more than just a simple filling repair job.

 

A Frenchman's tool is just a pointing tool similar to a mortar jointer.

 

Please let me know if you have questions.

 

Mitchell

 

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jargan
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Re: Replacing mortar between bricks.

Thank you for all the advice. I certainly will take up your suggestions

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