Repointing: Tips for Specification, Quality Control, and Assurance

Tuesday, August 13, 2024 | 12-1 p.m. Eastern Time

One of the best ways to maintain a historic masonry building is by maintaining the mortar joints over time. When electing to repoint, it is important to not only have a good understanding of the original mortar used and how to replicate it, but also how this material should be installed to replicate or enhance performance. Learn how to specify repointing work to increase quality of installation. Understand what to look for when reviewing craftworkers’ repointing methods and workmanship for quality assurance and quality control. We’ll explain mortar removal and installation techniques, tools, and the best safety practices for the craftworker. Finally, get tips for creating a more thorough specification to have better project outcomes.
Repointing Tips

 Learning Objectives:

  • Identify mortar removal and installation best practices to ensure the building is structurally sound.
  • Evaluate the craftworker’s methods and workmanship to mitigate moisture and create and aesthetically appeal.
  • Creating a repointing specification with clear and informative details can lead to positive project outcomes, resulting in a safe building that allows occupants to recognize and appreciate the cultural heritage of the building's past.
  • Review safe methods for repointing wash down.

About the Speakers

Casey Weisdock
Director Of Industry Development And Technical Services, IMI

Casey Weisdock 2Casey is an architectural conservator whose professional experience spans preservation design, project management, and contracting/implementation. She is a graduate of Temple University and the University of Pennsylvania.

Previously, Casey served as an architectural conservator and site manager, focused primarily on the preservation of historic structures through research of traditional materials, and implementation of traditional repair methods and contemporary restoration techniques.

Today, Casey supports the masonry restoration industry internationally, and is also a regional director, providing support for all masonry projects, new and existing, at the local level. She's a developer and instructor of the Historic Masonry Preservation Certificate (HMPC) training offered through the International Masonry Training and Education Foundation (IMTEF). Casey is also the Board Chair Emeritus of the Association for Preservation Technology– Delaware Valley Chapter (APT-DVC). 

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