Making the Point
Pointing brickwork the traditional way
|Pointing or repointing, the art of filling or refilling the joints between bricks and stones with mortar,
is a skill which is vital in ensuring both the delightful appearance, and even more importantly, the structural stability of an
old wall. It is a skill, however, which has been taken for granted for too long - and which many practitioners have completely
Getting the mortar mix wrong, or using the wrong techniques to apply the mortar, can result in a visual mess, the rapid deterioration
of the wall, and ultimately a big repair bill.
There are over 1.5 million miles of pointing in Britain's old buildings today - enough to go round the world 64 times. And £8 million
is spent each year in the UK on repointing.
This video provides a basic outline of how to make lime mortar the right way, the traditional way, and a step-by-step guide to the
techniques of repointing an average brick wall. Devised as part of English Heritage's Making the Point campaign, it aims both to
educate professionals to use traditional, benign techniques and materials, and to educate home owners about correct methods
of mortar mixing and pointing to enable them to commission and supervise repointing work.
professionals involved in executing or specifying repointing of brick or stonework; home owners; college and university building-
related courses; adult education; 30 minutes; 1994.
Produced by Alan McPherson
Liner Rolpanit Incorporated North America
430 Montrose Ave. Toronto,
Ontario, Canada M6G 3H1