Repointing below damp course


Postby Tim Rogers » Sun Oct 21, 2007 10:02 am

What do I need to add to the mortar mix for repointing below the damp course? I've got some Wickes Waterproofer & Retarder for rendering, but am not sure if this is suitable. Any advice greatly appreciated.
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Postby tradeaway » Sun Oct 21, 2007 5:51 pm

3 sand to 1 cement, use waterproofer and wet the wall before pointing. allow the wall to dry off a little first. on warm sunny days more than one wetting may be needed.

cement loves water, and simply loathes dry crumbly substrates.
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Postby LCL » Fri Oct 26, 2007 4:18 pm

Tim

How old is your house and is the original mortar a lime based mortar?

If your house is reasonably modern (post war say) tradeaway is correct.

If it is an older property you should be wary about using waterproof additives and even cement sometimes as this could increase dampness inside the house (particularly if it is an old solid wall). Dampness in old buildings needs to be managed and sometimes carrying out works with the best of intentions can aggrevate the situation.

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