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Old 04-17-2013, 02:07 AM   #16
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I have used a sawzall before, with marginal results. It can beat you up in a hurry if the blade snags.

Most of the time I use a chisel or 4" grinder. You have to be real careful with the grinder or you will nick up a lot of brick.

If the existing mortar is solid and sound then don't take a lot of it out, leave well enough alone. Where it is already eroded you don't have to take a lot more out. If it is coming out easily, then tapping away with a chisel is the way to go.

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Finally got to fill some joints today! There was a learning curve... but think I'm starting to get the hang of it. I mixed small quantities and took my time. The vertical joints are definately the most challenging. One thing I am wondering about though- is the white residue left on the bricks... I'm probably making a bit of a mess, but surely there must be a way to get off the white junk? Will it just wear off?



All in all I think it's looking better... Obviously not a pro job... but better than doing nothing. The mortar is much brighter than I had thought it would be... I added some dye on my last mix and that ended up looking much nicer (upper left). Now I just need to get some taller equipment to stand on!
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The dye looks better to me.

Yes the white will wear off, but it takes a while. You can clean the brick with restoration cleaner and that will help as well.

Take your time and try to smear less on the faces. The new mortar will always look brighter, but you can try staining it with coffee or tea to give it more of an aged look.

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