Repairing and maintaining brickwork.
This applies to garden walls, wells, outbuilding, houses or any brickwork.
Damaged pointing. Dig out all loose and crumbling mortar to a depth of 13mm using the tip of a trowel, or a narrow steel chisel and club hammer. Use an old paint brush to remove dust, then damp the joints well with water, using the same brush. Fill the joints with mortar mix 1 part cement 1\4 part hydrated lime 3 parts soft builders sand. Smooth off with a piece of bent copper tube, to make a weathered joint. Other wise match existing joints. If you have to buy materials just for this job or is a small job, buy a dry mortar ready mix in small quantities to c=which only water is added.
Cambridge turfing: how to repair brickwork – loose bricks
Chip away the mortar around the bricks until they can be removed. Chip off any old mortar still attached, then “butter” the edges with mortar and lay a bed of mortar in the hole to be filled. See bricklaying. Ease the bricks in and tap with the handle of the club hammer, then finish pointing.
Cambridge turfing: how to repair brickwork – Flaking bricks
Flacking bricks. Hack out all the flacking brick with a chisel and fill with mortar coloured to match the brick. If flacking if excessive cut out the offending brick and replace with a new one. To prevent further flaking spray the wall with a waterproofer/ silicone water repellant Like aquaproof.
Cambridge turfing: how to repair brickwork: Mould or moss
Treat the wall with a proprietary fungicide, dilute as instructed on the pack. Repeat if necessary. Once turned brown or black the mould can be brushed away