Shoptalk—deciphering architectural and historic preservation jargon one word at a time!
Two for the price of one today. The term “tuck pointing” is often used when the appropriate term for the topic at hand is “repointing.” Let’s look at the difference.
repairing existing masonry joints by removing defective mortar and installing new mortar (source: Bucher, Ward. Dictionary of Building Preservation. Preservation Press, 1996.)
a type of mortar joint profile using two mortar colors to simulate narrow masonry joints; the first color mortar stopping matches the brick or stone and is installed with a flush joint; the second color mortar is typically installed with a raised joint in a tuck groove cut into the first color mortar (source: Bucher, Ward. Dictionary of Building Preservation. Preservation Press, 1996.)
Tuck pointing demonstration by Gerard Lynch a.k.a. "The Red Mason" at the APT Conference Workshop "Traditional Masonry Practice and New Approaches to Preservation Education" on October 4, 2012, at the American College of the Building Arts.
A joint prepared for repointing.
Mortar joints after repointing.