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.
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.
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.