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NickG

11:40AM | 05/15/01
Member Since: 02/13/01
27 lifetime posts
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Hello all,

I've noticed that the mortar comes off fairly easily when I pass my fingertips through the bricks. Is this due to humidity build-up or something else and do you think it's something that I will need to repair this year or can I put it off until next summer?

Thanks,
Nick

Jay J

02:47PM | 05/15/01
Member Since: 10/26/00
782 lifetime posts
Hi NickG,

I'm no expert in this but you MAY need to have the morter re-pointed. It is a job that requires some skill especially if you're not use to working w/it, or if it's aestetically important to the 'look' of the house.

The morter does crumble over time. Mother Nature is to blame. However, just because it's crumbling when you touch it, that doesn't necessarily mean you have to 'fix' it. If the morter is falling out in 'chunks' or pieces, all by itself (w/o touching it), then it's definitely time to have it repaired. If it's staying in place but 'comes loose' when you touch it, it's hard to say if it needs fixing. I'll lean towards the NO for an answer because LOTS of 'things' are fine, until you touch them.

The Brick Info Folks has a Residential link w/a FAQ and a way to ask ?'s. Try them if a Mason isn't of any help.

My best to ya and hope this helps.

Jay J -Moderator

NickG

05:51PM | 05/15/01
Member Since: 02/13/01
27 lifetime posts
Thanks Jay,

It's not falling off in pieces but it's coming off too easily for my taste. As I mentioned I think water penetration or humidity might be the culprit!

Nick

[This message has been edited by NickG (edited May 15, 2001).]

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