Sunday, August 14, 2011

Tuckpointing

Amongst other things, we have been spending a lot of time tuckpointing the joints between stones. We started out doing this by hand, which proved to be a painfully slow process. Then we tried a grout bag, which we never got the hang of. While doing an internet search, my Mom found this little gem - the quikpoint mortar gun. We were hesitant to buy it because of the expense of a tool we weren't sure would work for us. After I called the company I was convinced we should buy it. They were very courteous and seemed to sincerely want their product to work for us.

This tool has greatly increased our speed. I would highly recommend purchasing one if you have a lot of pointing to do and not a lot of skill. Here is our process.

Stones in the wall.
Errant concrete chipped out of the joints with a rock hammer.
Joints filled with mortar gun. We have been using quikrete's mason mix mixed with Gibco's MRF. You can find information about Gibco's plasticizer on the quikpoint website.
Tool the joints with hi-tech pointing tools (bent butter knives).
Voila! The unskilled mason's solution to pointing a stone wall.
 We also (finally) finished putting in windows. The last window we installed was the arched one on our south peak. In order to make the arched buck, my dad cut arches out of treated plywood and sandwiched them together. To our surprise, it actually went in quite well.

4 comments:

  1. Looks great, how long before you can move in?

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  2. Thanks!

    We are still hoping to make it livable sometime this fall, but we have learned to just take it day by day.

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  3. How are you attaching the window frames to the rock and cement?

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  4. We attached the windows to window bucks made out of treated 2x4s. The 2x4s are attached to the concrete using 2 3/4" tapcon screws. Hope that helps.

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