With 12v low voltage conduit poking through the brick piers, under pathways and driveways, each pier is made from solid brick and was rendered without any trim– the old fashioned way of squaring your rendered corners.
The 15mm thick lime render is finished with a special mix utilising a smaller particle size. This enables the sharp corners to offset a smooth rendered finish.
As a finished shot, the piers were painted, in-filled with timber slats and light fixtures placed on top.
Here some of our other fences we have completed over the years;
Raised Ribbon Pointing replacing older Brick Tuck Pointing on Ballarat Heritage Facade
When comparing traditional ribbon pointing as opposed to brick tuckpointing there are several differentiating factors.
As you can see from the above photo, the heavy oxide mix used on brick tuckpointing (top courses) can actually cause issues if not installed correctly. Mortar, often used in only one colour, is used to smear over the original bedding mortar which is visable where the red coloured mortar has fallen off. This is due to the smear coat method only being several millimetres thick or possibly too brittle to start with. In the instance above, this is definitely the case.
Another issue is that due to oxides’ cementitious effect on the mortar matrix, the mix can often be quite destructive to the 80-100 year old brick. Mortar, as also evident above, is smeared over the brick arris; partially covering the face. In tension, this can snap corners off and even break bricks clean in half–especially old, soft brick.
The biggest comparison, besides appearance, is that the traditional ribbon technique will protect the brick, whilst at the same time, provide depth and definition to the masonry facade. Standard tuckpoint can last quite a while but as opposed to the deeper ribbon pointing, the facade will age better and can last a lot longer.
Brick Tuckpointing, before and after lime putty ribbon
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Damage to structures, buildings, walls and floors by water, fire or any other causes, can be problematic. Fix it the first time with us.
Remember, mortar has a 28 day curing time.
Although it is still curing, the mortar repair and re-pointing are getting gradually lighter.
Looking for a certain type of heritage brick? Need an art deco ‘double, half-round’ capping brick or some ornately patterned finishes? We can replicate and match missing or discontinued bricks for your heritage/ federation/ victorian/ colonial styled period home renovation. Simply send us a photo with some dimensions and we can replicate from that.
A Patterned, Glazed 60mm Brick from Yesteryear.
Some bricks are notoriously hard to replace, we can help.
Although I am a devout traditionalist and prefer to keep the use of portland cements to a minimum, the patching process of mortar repair, when dealing with natural stone buildings, should allow for a strong and durable patch. All patching and pointing shall be installed utilising soaking methods; working with optimal moisture content in both substrate and mortar. This basically means that substrates remain dampened before and after pointing/ patching has occurred.
Bluestone cottage wall with joint removed. The three smaller stones, known as ‘bees feet’, used to fill the line, can be filled with darker mortar
Bluestone Cottage wall with darkened mortar patch
While the colour may look darker now, the patch will dry lighter to match the colour of the surrounding stone. The skill of the original mason from many years ago has been highlighted again by this restoration.
Turning random rubble into a dressed 300mm ashlar wall–Victorian Bluestone Georgian Cottage