Step 2: Clean Out the Head Joints.

cleaning out the head joints in brick
Photo Allison Dinner
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After removing three or four courses of bed-joint mortar, dig out the vertical joints. Be careful not to hit the edges of the bricks above or below. Here, the old mortar is being chiseled out by tapping a 5-in-1 painter's tool with a hammer.
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    Tools List

    • Carbide-tipped grout saw
    • cold chisel
      Cold chisel
    • brick hammer
      Engineer's hammer
    • painter's tool
      5-in-1 painter's tool
    • Stiff-bristled brush
    • mason's trowel
      Tuck-pointing trowel
    • drill
      Drill/driver with abrasive wheel attachment
    • garden hose
      Hose and nozzle
    • brick trowel
      Brick trowel or hawk
    • tarp
      Tarp

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