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Tools For Pointing Brickwork and Masonry

tools for pointing brickwork and masonry

Tools for pointing

When it comes to pointing it all depends on what type of pointing you are doing and what type of masonry its applied on.

With pointing it is a job that needs doing correctly and making a good job of.

Good pointing will last years if the right procedures are taken.

prepare the masonry, mix the right consistency material, use the correct method and use the correct tools for pointing.

Tools for Pointing Bricks

There are a number of tools you need for pointing bricks and it all depends on the finish that is wanted.

One of the main tools for pointing bricks is a brick jointer, a brick jointer creates a half barrelled finish and a bricklayer uses the brick jointer to strike the brickwork.

The brick jointer makes the brickwork clean and tidy and leaves the masonry with a watertight clean finish.

Strike the joints with the brick jointer and push in the remaining mortar leaving no holes and crevices, brush off with a horsehair brush after around an hour removing the snots leaving clean pointed brickwork.

brick jointer tools for pointing
pointing a wall with a brick jointer

Tools For Pointing A Wall

To properly and professionally point a wall, there are certain tools one must use.

Plugging chisel to remove as much existing mortar as possible.

Grinder with a diamond blade for larger jobs

Pointing trowel, ideal for tiny gaps that need to be filled with mortar or for different styles of pointing.

Bricklayers Trowel

bricklayers trowel

Jointer to strike the joints for a half barrelled finish.

brick jointer tools for pointing

Natural Bristle Brush, excellent to remove any dust from between the bricks and remove snots.

pointing trowel
Pointing Trowel
natural bristle brush

Bucket where you’ll mix the new mortar in.


Grinder to remove the mortar for reporting.

grinder for repointing

Repointing gun (Optional)

repointing gun

Recessed Pointing Bricks with a Chariot Joint Raker

recessed pointing

The Chariot joint raker is used to create a recessed finish in the beds and the perps of the brickwork.

Using the chariot the bricklayer lays the bricks and leaves for a few hours leaving the mortar to slightly set.

Then sets the chariot pointing tool to a depth required around 10 mm, then runs the chariot up and down the bed joints and perps leaving a recessed finish later giving it a light brush with a cocoa brush removing any excess mortar.

charriot joint raker

Tools for Tuck Pointing

pointing with tuck pointer

Tuckpointing is a method to create the look of fine neat strait bed joints.

The tuckpointing method was established in England in the late eighteenth century to imitate brickwork constructed using lesser quality bricks, which were bricks of fine, red finish that were made slightly oversized, and after firing, were individually cut to achieve a precise straight brick., often by hand.

tuckpointing was a way of achieving the same quality finish and look with lesser quality bricks.

When tuckpointing 2 mortar mixes are created one that closely matches the bricks and another for the cement.

The tuckpointing will create a mortar that closely matches the brick and another for the bed joint, pointing the brick in with the matched mortar leaving a fine line of bed joint which will be later pointed in using a white or lime cement leaving a straight bed joint finish.

Tools for Tuckpointing

Tuckpointing trowel


bon pointing hawk

Pointing trowel

pointing trowel

plugging chisel

plugging chisel

Masonry brush

kraft masonry brush

Weather Struck Pointing

Weather Struck Pointing is a specialist pointing technique.

It is a common type of pointing used today on older buildings. The pointing is finished tight at the top and a slight lip at the bottom, giving a watertight finish.

The edge and angle of the pointing enable rainwater to flow down and not penetrating the masonry. When older buildings deteriorate, this type of pointing is used to stop further deterioration. Weather struck pointing is a good choice that lasts when done correctly. The forward edge is projected forward about 2mm past the brick.

This technique requires a lot of skill and is very time-consuming. However, It gives a watertight and aesthetically pleasing look.

weeather struck pointing
Weather Struck

Tools for Weather Struck pointing

Pointing Trowel

pointing trowel


pointing hawk

Soft Brush

kraft masonry brush

Different Types of Tools for Pointing

Barrell Jointer

Barbell Jointer

Ball Jointer

bal jointer

Bullhorn jointer

bullhorn jointer

Bar Jointer

Bucket Handle Dingh’er Jointer

Flat Sticker Jointer

flat sticker jointer
Used for Flush Pointing

How to Point a Wall like a Professional

how to Point a wall

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