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BRUNO CONSTRUCTION Tuckpointing & Masonry Specialists

We recommend grinding out masonry joints prior to tuckpointing in order to prolong the life of the tuckpointing.  Typically to a depth of 3/4".

Grinding can be done using mechanical grinders.

Grinding removes  deteriorated mortar and makes room for more new tuckpoint mortar to be placed.


Tuckpointing is the process of refilling  the joints between the brick, block, or stones that make up a structure.  However,  in order to properly do the tuckpointing work we need to make room for the new tuckpointing mortar to be placed between the masonry units.  If we do not make the room for the new tuckpointing mortar then we are simply placing a thin layer of mortar over the existing joints, which is typically called "buttering the joints".   Grinding does not just make more room for new mortar, but it also benefits in that it removes the existing outer layer of the joint that is the most weathered and deteriorated.  

Grinding is typically done using a mechanical grinder that should be connected to a special vacuum in order to reduce the amount of dust released into the air.  After grinding is done the extra dust still within the joint should be either rinsed out with water or blown out.  We want to make sure that the new tuckpointing mortar properly adheres to the existing mortar still within the joint.  Once the dust is removed the joint is typically at a depth of 3/4".  

BRUNO CONSTRUCTION Tuckpointing and Masonry always recommends grinding to be done on high rises in order to prolong the life of the tuckpointing.  It is a process to place a scaffold stage on a tall building.  Once the stage is there we recommend you take advantage of it and do as many repairs as possible. Dust must be controlled while grinding is done.  Vacuums connected to mechanical grinders is recommended.

BRUNO CONSTRUCTION recommends grinding to be done on apartment buildings and condominium buildings.  Grinding allows more mortar to be placed, which can prolong the life of the tuckpointing.  The owners and tenants of buildings will appreciate that work will not need to be done as often on a building.

To the left is an example of a permit required when grinding is being performed.  Grinding permits are always required and Bruno Construction can obtain them for you.

Why Grind?

Tuckpointing is much cheaper to do then rebuilding a brick, block or stone wall.   If you wait too long to complete the tuckpointing process the open joints may weaken the structure and rebuilding will be needed.  

To prolong the life of your tuckpointing we recommend that the joints be cut out to a depth of 3/4" in order to make room for new tuckpointing mortar to be placed into the joint.

Give us a call and we will give you our professional opinion as to what needs to happen in order for the building to be structurally sound and watertight. 

Old & deteriorated  caulk joints should be ground out or cut out.  This allows the new caulking to properly adhere. 

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