Everything You Need To Know About Repointing Brickwork

When it comes to stone and brickwork, do not underestimate the power of pointing. This is mainly because the mortar can take about 15 percent of the total surface area of your walls. It also holds a huge impact on the quality of your building. The mortar also works against water ingress. The role it plays makes it a crucial aspect of home maintenance that should never be ignored. The following is information on everything you need to know about re-pointing brickwork.

Brick Pointing

Blocks, stones, and bricks are hardy materials that last for a very long time. However, during construction, the material that holds them together needs regular maintenance to keep them in the right condition. The mortar that holds the bricks together is called pointing. Repairing is called re-pointing and should be done regularly.

Testing its Resilience

The ideal method of testing the resilience of the pointing is to look at it. If it is even and flush to the bricks, it can be assumed to be okay. It is important for the pointing to be full since it is the only way water from outside could not access your home. You can also give it a finger test. What you need to do is try to dig it with your finger and see if any comes out. This should be done all round the house.

If the mortar comes out during the finger test, you should get ready for pointing repair. Damage to the mortar can be localized on places where there are leaks, but more often than not they can be suffering from age. Your mortar could also suffer from a previous pointing repair job.

The Ideal Type of Mortar

There is a huge range of colors and textures that can be formed when mixing mortar. A huge percentage of homes built during the 1800s and 1900s used lime mortar. Although it is frequently done, the use of cement during re-pointing tends to be a bad thing at times. This is mainly because they could decay earlier than lime-mixed ones, and also because there are numerous chances for damp to occur. Other than that, cement mortars are more brittle, harder, and less porous than lime. They also weather way slower than the bricks.

Cement mortars also tend to be affected by sulfate and salt, while those that contain lime, hydraulic and putty are not. Even though lime mortars are expensive than cement ones, in the long run, they tend to save you money. This is mainly because problems caused by wrong cement mixes can lead to huge losses.

Tools Needed During Pointing Repair

Just like in every job, using the appropriate tools is vital to getting the ultimate results. Tools needed for pointing installation or repair job include cement mixer, chisel, mortarboard, pointing trowel, soft and wire brush, scaffolding, lime sand, or white cement. Professional knowledge from PointBrick is also needed for the effective pointing job.

Mortar and bricks make sturdy foundations for many building. Sometimes, to prevent water damage from maiming the quality of the constructions, top-ups are required. To get the most out of pointing, it should be done when necessary and only professionally

Three Storage Secrets to Transform Your DIY

There’s nothing more frustrating than when tools go missing in between jobs. Sometimes they get borrowed without permission, but often it’s down to careless storage and not having dedicated storage places. DIY jobs go much more smoothly when what you need is right at your fingertips.

 

Keep Tools in Tip Top Condition

Anyone with a keen interest in DIY soon amasses an impressive collection of tools. Not just screwdrivers and hammers, but drills, routers, jigsaws and sanders, paint sprayers and air compressors or nail guns.

They all take up space, and if not stored correctly when not in use can quickly fall into disrepair and fail next time you try and use them. Damp conditions are a particular enemy.

Consider how often you need specific tools, and you’ll probably find you don’t need everything at home all the time. When you’ve invested considerable sums in good power tools, self storage is a viable option in between projects. They’re in convenient locations so it’s easy to fetch the tools you need for particular jobs, and return them (appropriately cleaned and prepared) to storage when the job’s done.

Security is a definite advantage. Garage and shed thefts are increasing in cities everywhere, and self storage provides all the lock-up security you’ll need to protect your investment.

 

Create a Bespoke Tool Storage Area

Storage areas inside the home are numerous, but we often don’t use them as efficiently as we could. Finding hidden areas of the home can unlock space for numerous DIY tools, but keep them out of sight at the same time.

Under the stairs is a prime storage area in many homes, and makes a convenient repository for larger tools you don’t want to risk to the shed. A few shelves and hanging hooks transforms a dumping ground into organised tool storage.

Another location is the space beneath kitchen cabinets. Many hand tools are long and flat, making them ideal candidates for this often overlooked home storage area. Take off the existing boards that block the area and put either sliding or hinged doors in their place, and you have long storage areas where a multitude of tools would fit.

Organise the Small Things

Keep tabs on fixings and other easily losable bits and bobs with these ingenious ideas:

  • Screw the lids of jars underneath shelves. In the jars, keep small fixings then, when you need them, simply unscrew the jar from where it hangs in plain sight under the shelf.
  • Cut a hole in the side of a plastic water bottle, and fit a hook or eyelet to the lid. Drop nuts, bolts or screws inside the bottle, and hang it on a hook fitted in a pegboard.
  • Fashion a drill block by drilling holes into a length of wood. Use it to hold drill bits of various sizes, keeping them handy and easily recognisable.
  • Customise narrow shelves in the workshop to hold screwdrivers, wrenches or other hand tools by simply drilling holes of appropriate sizes to drop them in when not in use.
  • Fix wooden pallets to the garage or shed wall to create somewhere to stand up tall garden tools like brushes or spades.
  • Use magnetic knife strips to hold smaller metal hand tools, saw blades or knives.
  • Fit bulldog clips to the wall for quickly hanging up gardening gloves or gauntlets.
  • Keep power cables tidy by looping them over lengths of plastic waste pipe fitted high up and perpendicular to the wall, or hang hooks you can use for the same purpose.

Organising storage for DIY tools can be both creative and satisfying, not to mention time saving when future projects go smoothly

 

Update your home with your heat source.

Designer radiators have a strong reputation for creating a sense of style within a home, whether that be in your lounge, bathroom or even in your hallway. Not only does a radiator become your source of heat, it provides the home with it’s own unique touch. When choosing a radiator, we all know that they will provide a sole purpose of warming up the home, but a designer radiator is much more than that – they reflect the interior design of the home by creating a style statement.

The style of radiator that you choose to have within your home interior will create a powerful appearance, with the unique design.

Mirrored Radiators

Combining your radiator with your full length mirror will maximise floor and wall space in a clever, unique way. The last thing that the majority of us do before leaving the house, is to check ourselves out in the mirror – why not do that with a warm, cosy atmosphere? This beautifully styled radiator brings a practical product your home, along with a modern interior input. Visitors in your home will notice this elegant focal point, it adds style to any room and will compliment any decor. These vogue vision radiators are built to last, giving your home a perfect long lasting feature.

Towel Radiators  

When updating a home with designer radiators, the bathroom is often overlooked, however, there is nothing worse than stepping out of a warm bath or shower into a freezing bathroom. With so many options on the market, what is stopping you from updating the bathroom interior? Towel radiators are a functional factor to incorporate into a bathroom, the ladder effect adds practicality with being able to hang towels to dry. We all love a warm fluffy towel to have waiting when we get out the shower.

Vogue Radiators

Vogue radiators are simply stunning and will add elegance to any home interior. The radiators are a traditional style, combined with a present day design to make them practical for all living spaces. Vogue radiators are considered to be a piece of art, due to the gorgeous layout, the designs are very unique whilst still being useful. The stylish designs are made from brass with stunning chrome finish on the framework. These radiators can be featured in any room, they add class and style to living areas and also update a bathroom to a sophisticated space, and they also double up as a towel hanging space.