Mortar Joint Removal and Replacement, aka Re-pointing on Victorian Bluestone Cottage

Mortar removal and replacement, otherwise known as repointing or mortar repair, is a process where the jointing material between the bulk building masonry material, whether it be stone, block or brick, is removed and replaced with a suitable substitute.

Bluestone cottage squared random rubble stone wall where mortar, or pointing, removal has just commenced.
Same section of bluestone wall with mortar removed. For some, this look is also aesthetically appealing albeit not the most durable option.


In the case above, the original mortar material, as constructed 150 years ago, is being removed. The cottage had never seen a full renovation until now.

Shag-style ribbon pointing where burring is left to create texture. Parre!



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