Is it possible to buy empty caulking cartridges?
A friend needs to do some random tuckpointing on a brick building. He
got an estimate to do the whole building and it was more than he paid
for the place. I just looked at it, and I can not see what would be so
costly. Much of the mortar is fine, but there are some sections that
need repair. Mostly near the bottom of the walls. I've done some
tuckpointing in the past and found that it tends to leave mortar on the
face of the bricks. My guess is that the pros must clean it off with
some sort of sandblasting equipment.
Anyhow, the guy said he was thinking about using gray caulk which is
sold as a mortar patch. I told him that he would probably need a
hundred or more tubes, at around $5 a tube. Not only the cost, but I
dont think that stuff matches real well, and is probably not as strong.
However, I could see putting real mortar on a caulking cartridge, and
shooting it in the gaps. Seems like it would be a cleaner process, and
would likely fill the gaps better than just trying to push it in with a
The question is do they sell empty cartridges, and where? Probably
those larger sized ones, not the common size which is pretty small.
I told him I'd ask on here since he dont use the internet. Tuckpointing
is something I'll avoid. It's a time consuming and very boring job.
When I did it years ago, it was not important to keep the job real clean
because the walls were going to be sprayed with a stucco-like finish
afterwards, but this friends job is the finished wall and needs to look