For this project, following the removal of the cement pointing, a cut and struck joint in NHL 2 lime mortar was used. The bullseye at the top of the gable had been badly treated. The fine 3mm gauged brickwork joints had been ground out and the joints opened up to 10-12mm, the rubber bricks damaged and the joints filled with overly wet lime putty causing much staining of the brickwork. To repair brickwork of this nature, tuck pointing was the only viable option. The bricks were repaired and colour washed & the joints filled with a pigmented 'stopping'. A thin ribbon of lime putty could then be applied to re-establish the positions of the brick voussoirs, restoring the beauty of the feature.
Bullseye and surrounding brickwork cleaned and prepared for repairs
A close up view of the damaged rubber bricks showing grinder disc damage and staining
The finished bulls eye showing new crisp tuck pointed joints