How To Re-Mortar Deteriorating Brick Steps Joints
Directions on how to replace deteriorating mortar in brick steps joints.
Exposure to the elements can take their toll on brick steps. Instead of hiring a pro to replace crumbling mortar, you can easily do it yourself over the course of a weekend. Known in the trade as tuck-pointing, this process involves grinding out old mortar and troweling in new mortar. The result is a set of brick steps that look brand new. Here’s what you’ll need for this
inexpensive, intermediate-level project: When taking on this DIY task be sure to equip yourself with the proper safety gear We will let you know throughout the video when you should and should not use the safety gear Step 1: Prep the grinder Start by equipping your angle grinder with a four-and-a-half-inch segmented diamond blade. Adjust the guard so it’s comfortable to hold the grinder at an angle to the steps. Step 2:
Grind out the mortar Put on eye protection, a dust mask, and work gloves and begin grinding out the old mortar. Being careful not to damage the brick, grind about three-fourths of an inch to one inch into each joint. You may have to readjust the blade guard as you work on the front of each step. Have a helper—also equipped with safety glasses, gloves, and a dust mask—hold the
nozzle of a shop vac next to each joint as you work to remove dust and debris. Step 3: Chisel out the mortar in awkward spots Some areas—like along the bottom of each riser—will be impossible to reach with a grinder. Use a hand chisel for these spots. Step 4: Brush out the joints Remove bits...
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