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Brickwork - do these gaps in mortar look normal?

Postby baward » Mon Nov 22, 2021 5:34 pm

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Hello,

I noticed the other day that there are quite sizeable gaps in the mortar between the bricks at the bottom of the wall (see attached photo). Is this anything to worry about? Coud it be ants or some other insect?
Thanks.
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Postby stoneyboy » Tue Nov 23, 2021 10:39 pm

Hi baward,
It looks very much as though the person mixing the mortar lost count of the number of shovels of sand. Try rubbing the mortar with your finger nail, if it loosens mortar then a weak mix is the issue. Raking out and repointing with the correct mortar mix is the solution.
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Postby baward » Thu Nov 25, 2021 8:39 pm

Thank you for the reply, stoneyboy. I will look into getting someone to repoint it if necessary. Do you think it poses any danger at the moment?
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Postby stoneyboy » Fri Nov 26, 2021 9:39 pm

Hi bayward,
At the moment your image shows a stable wall and none of the bricks look like they have become loose. Just get it repointed - make sure the existing mortar is racked out to about 20mm and blown clean - and the problem will be solved.
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Postby baward » Sat Nov 27, 2021 1:19 pm

Fantastic, thank you very much :-)
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