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Mortar separation on a painted 1940s block wall porch base

This is my first house, we bought it 1 1/2 years ago, and I've never repointed before.  Last fall and through the winter I'd started to take note of the separations I could see, some above ground, and some peeking through the ground which tells me they're beneath the soil line.  My plan of attack--again, having never done anything like this--is:

  1. Dig out enough of a working area per separation,
  2. Patch with a Quikrete caulk, or something similar,
  3. Let it set,
  4. Fill the soil back as it had been.

My questions are:

  • Does that sound like a workable project idea?  Again, I've never done anything like this before.
  • Do I have to worry about weep holes?  Once upon a time, the concrete blocks of the porch had been painted over, so I have doubts about there having been any of those.
  • Am I missing anything? 
  • Must I remove remove mortar inbetween, or can I just patch over?
  • What's been your experience? 
  • What should I do vs. avoid doing?

Thank you all, very much.


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