01:33PM | 10/27/04
Member Since: 10/26/04
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My 1868 brick house need some tuckpointing in the INSIDE basement walls. The brick walls are exposed and while they are about 12-14" thick, there is some mortar that can be tidied up and improved for the cold Iowa winters. I researched types of mortar a little bit and know that I need a "soft" mortar without hard Portland cement. Is it possible for me to buy some "soft" mortar somewhere and do the small mortar repair job myself? As I said, the walls are about a foot thick, and sit on a limestone base about 4 feet thick. My repair jobs would only be touch-ups for cold winter draft control (the basement is unfinished/uninsulated with a cement floor).


05:29PM | 11/14/04
Member Since: 11/06/02
1284 lifetime posts
I am not a mason so take this with a grain of salt.

modern typical mortar mis would be six parts sand, three lime and one portland. Change that to use half as much portland and replace that portion with more lime.

The "Type" of lime I am not able to name.

In the long run, you should be aware though, that the exterior side of your wall has probably had more lime leached away from ground water, and that more repairs there under the ground ar e likely needed.

Excellence is its own reward!



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