A few cracks in the outside mortar (between bricks). A neighbour said it
"might need repointing".
If it needs doing, I'd consider doing it myself (done some research and
think I can manage it!). Thing is, I have no idea if the job really
needs doing - couldn't I just fill in the minor cracks and repaint?
Might it be more serious and actually be an "insurance job"?
The house is c. 40 years old.
Thnx for any advice.
We have had a couple of the hottest months on record, IIUC. Heaven
knows what that has done to the water table all over the place and no
doubt a few cracks have appeared as a result. Some will be serious
enough to be an "insurance job".
If they are just hairline cracks, you probably have nothing to worry
about. I've found (on other people's houses!) that a hobby tool with a
diamond 1/8" cylindrical tool will quickly and easily open up the crack
to enough to be able to get flexible filler in, without it just falling
off the surface. It hasn't fallen off since and the cracks have shown no
sign of re-appearing. A lot quicker and easier than repointing.
My place has solid stone walls with a bit of lime mortar here and there
between them. No foundations. It all moves around, but the walls are a
metre thick. I only worry if there are cracks going through rocks,
rather than around them!
Sorry, can't help as I can't remember the name as I didn't buy it. But,
IIRC, it was stuff especially intended for filling outside cracks in
walls. It painted over with no problems. If you really need to know, I
can phone the person up and ask what it was, but I don't think that you
will have any problems. The key thing is opening up the crack enough to
get stuff into it. Without that, all you have is a very thin surface
layer that soon falls off.
Many thanks, very helpful! I'll have a look in my local DIY store when I
have a few mins.
Just had an expert look at the cracks and he seems to think that it's a
minor filling in job rather than anything more serious.
I got a set of diamond tools for it from the local market 3.99GBP, IIRC.
Like these but a lot cheaper:
The one I use is basically a short 1/8" rod with a coating of diamond
dust along the top half inch.
A little water spray can will keep things cool and make the thing last
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