Repointing an Old Stone House

My Stone house is over 165 years old a desperately in need of some patching/repointing. I want to do it right the first but I don't have a lot of spare cash to hire a professional so I guess I'll have to do it myself. My problem there are lots of books on the market about build things from stone but I haven't been able to find anything on repairing old stone work.
My question is does anyone know of some really good books on the subject or some web sites or newsgroups that might be able to help me?
Thanks in advance
jimbo
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Jimbo wrote:

One of the home shows, probably Bob Vila, had a good show about building a stone wall. Probably about two years ago. Fascinating. Might be able to get the video. I did a search on ' "historic preservation" repair stone walls ' and found interesting stuff. No books for sale, but resources to contact. If you are fortunate enough to be in NW Illinois, there is a course, here:
http://www.campbellcenter.org/courses/histpres4.shtml#masonry
Your local historical society may have someone with knowledge. There are always collectors of old tools who may also know the methods. Heck, might even be able to show you how to do it. Other websites, mainly gov't., discuss methods and mortar formulas. Good luck. Let us know.
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Norminn:
You have given me lots of good ideas, thanks.
Jimbo

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