Tuckpointing: a wonderful thing
Tuckpointing: The process of repairing a mortar joint in a brick wall. The term comes from the process of tucking mortar into the damaged mortar joint with the point of a trowel called a “pointing trowel.” Tuckpointing is a critical maintenance task and keeps water from entering the brick wall cavity.
Last week was tuckpointing week at the Lesmeister Guesthouse project. One hundred years of weather had eroded the original mortar joints deeply between the bricks of the building, and now all that mortar has been restored. It looks like a brand new 1902 building! In the front they colored the mortar red to match the original. In the back it’s the traditional uncolored mortar.
The plumbers have also begun their work and have the main drain line installed that will drain waste water out of the building. See photos below (click the photos to enlarge them for better viewing, then click the enlarged photo again to enlarge even more. Use your browser’s back button to return here):