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Captcha 11-19-2007 02:47 PM

Tuck pointing help
I have a 1950s era brick house that is in need of some minor tuck pointing on the the rear and side of the home around a few windows and the chimney.

I have a family friend who is going to do the work for me and has asked if I would like him to use masonry mortar or masonry-colored vulkem caulk.

His rationale for using the vulkem is that the cracks are caused by the house settlings and are likely to continue shifting as the house settles over time. With the vulkem the cracks would not re-occur as the caulk will flex with the surrounding bricks delaying the need to do the work again in a few years.

Is this a valid rationale? Anyone have recommendations/experiences with this that they can pass on?

concretemasonry 11-19-2007 03:13 PM

Beware of any family friend if he suggests using any caulk.

He may not be a "friend" in the future, but he will always be "family".

Any minor repairs on a 50+ year old home are probably due to deterioration from the initial settlement and shrinkage, so any cracks are probably "dead".

Once you start with some caulk junk, you are stuck with it forever. Tuck point minor spots on a 50 year old veneer does not suggest a major problem, but a restoration to original.

Sammy 11-19-2007 05:54 PM

Go with mortar for alll of the reasons CM suggests.. Plus it will match the current alot better with a little aging.

so-elitecrete 11-20-2007 06:17 AM

they're right,,, NEVER CAULK BRICK
more'n likely, your home's got modern cement mortar rather'n older lime / sand mortar which was much more flexible & forgiving to old brick,,, vulkem does have some good mtls but not for this work.

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