I had some dummy builders who did not do the pointing on a section of
brickwork. They left the mortar flush with the brick. The pointing has
to be half round -or "bucket handle keyed"-. They are not coming back
and now the mortar is hard.
I have tried the Dremel rotating tools, with a round profile, but even
the ones made of Tungsten Carbide wear out quickly.
Does anybody know of a tool/technique to shape the mortar to give the
proper pointing finish when it is already hard?
The very best solution would remove about 3/4" of the mortar,
reapply, and restrike the fresh mortar. This is called tuck
This can go faster using an offset grinder with a diamond wheel or
a tuck point grinder. Here is an example:
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