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Old 12-05-2017, 08:41 AM  
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Default Question on brick mortar cracks.

I have a house which was built in the early 90ís and some of the mortar joints are starting to crack. Iím wondering if I need to get this professionally repaired, can patch myself using Masonary caulk or if I need to do anything at all.

Iíve attached a few photos. I have had one estimate for a professional repair where they will grind out the old mortar and replace, but my concern is the color wonít match. Thoughts? Appreciate the insight.

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Real Tuck pointing is the way to go on this one.
Worried about the mortar matching, no way is caulking in a tube going to look any better.


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I agree tuck pointing is the way to go. may not match 100%, but will match a lot better than caulking and be a lot stronger too..
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This is just an add, but I think it is the approach.
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Have you looked at what may be causing the cracks? eg there might be metal lintels rusting and pushing up the brickwork when expanding.
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The cracks are mailing in the corners of the house. Again, they arenít real serious, but want them repaired before they turn into something bad. I did get a quote from a local area business to fix and will probably use them to do so.

Question on temperature. Iím in Southern Indiana where the daytime high is mid 40ís and lows at night in the 20ís. I thought the temp had to be above 20 to do mortar work, but the guy who provided the quote says they can work year round. Is it OK to proceed with this work in the winter or should I wait until Spring when the temps are warmer?


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