Step 3: Wash Down the Wall.

washing away mortar debris from a brick wall
Photo Allison Dinner
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Whisk away all the crumbly debris with a stiff-bristled brush, then check that the blade of your tuck-pointing trowel will fit into the joint. If the blade is too wide, grind it down with an abrasive wheel. Mist the wall with water until the brick is thoroughly damp and starts to drip; this is a critical step because dry materials will suck the moisture out of the new mortar and prevent it from curing properly. Wait until the next day before filling the joints.
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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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