Monthly Archives: July 2016

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What is Tuckpointing

What is tuckpointing? We’ve all heard the term “tuckpointing“.  In Chicago, it’s the standard designation for any method of smearing cement on masonry walls.  But, almost no one knows what this word really means. Originally, it was a method for striking the mortar joints to make old bricks of different sizes and shapes appear uniform.  There was…

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Masonry And Water Management, Part I

f one is going to divide wall systems into two basic types, they would be barrier and water managed.  Barrier systems, as the name implies, are wall assemblies that are prophylactically impervious to water entry.  Water managed walls, as you’re probably already guessing, take on some amount of moisture and through the magic of well…

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