By adding definition, what was constructed from random rubble, this cottage wall has been rectified, flattened and straightened; all without removing a stone. The remedial aspect is overshadowed by the stark contrast that dressing the wall has through the use of traditional ribbon pointing.
The original mason would be very happy with the outcome — as is the lawyer who is going to have this now as their boardroom feature.
From tired to eyeopener, it’s all in a weeks work!
Are you sick of your tuckpointing falling out on bluestone? The lime ‘lines’ that you find on brick but also some stone (in error) are non-structural lining. This means essentially as it sounds. It is a line drawn or ‘painted’ on the surface of masonry walling.
The idea behind brick tuckpointing is to remedy bad brick. Soft, crumbling brick, usually the result of either bad manufacture, long-serving/ unfavorable in-situ conditions or a bad repair, can be dressed up using the traditional brick tuckpoint. See here for an example.
This method is not really used in a traditional sense on stone. Our tamp pointing, or lime mortar re-pointing, as shown above, is traditional, normally up to 3 inches deep and will outlast any brick-style tuck ribbon. If it doesn’t at least make it for two decades in reasonable working order, we will happily remedy the issue free of charge for ‘at-fault’ failure.