My house is an older stone home (circa 1820) built in the traditional
masonry style with hand-faced fieldstone and pointing between each stone
(a style of home seen in eastern Pennsylvania and the mid-atlantic
region). The current pointing was done in 1952 and is a type of pointing
popular in the early to mid 20th century (raised, squared white pointing).
Over time the house is losing some pieces of the pointing, but not to
the point where the house needs to be completely re-pointed.
I have a few things I want to do. The first is that I'd like to learn
how to point the house myself so I can repair the pointing where it has
been lost. Secondly, I don't really like the raised/squared style of
pointing that is there now, so I'd like to phase in a more
traditional/smooth, rounded white pointing. I figure as long as the
color is similar, a different style will not look too bad mixed with the
How "difficult" is it to learn to point properly, and if you were going
to try to learn how, what would you do to learn the process? Any
websites or books that people can recommend would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks in advance for any information.
Pennsylvania, USA Earth
By the way, I don't have pics of my house on the web, but the type of
stone house I'm talking about is similar to the one shown below: