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Bricklaying profiles

Discussion in 'Building' started by Gilesda, 28 Aug 2021.

  1. Gilesda

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    Hi all.
    When a bricklayer uses profiles for his stringline, how does he finish the bit of mortar behind the profiles? By the time he takes down the profile the mortar will likely be fully hardened so he won't be able to strike it with a jointer. It will look different to the other joints.
     
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    It's not in the way.
     
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    It's not in the way, and he should be removing the profiles by 4 o'clock, pointed up, finished and on the way home anyway.
     
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    This picture the profiles look like they're going to stop him finishing the part of the joints directly behind. So if he isn't finished does he take the profile down, do the pointing then put it back the next day to carry on with the wall? I suppose there's no other way to do it.
     

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    It doesn't go really hard that quick. It can always be raked out after a few days. When laying to a profile like that it's best to keep the mortar bed back a bit from the profile and fill in later. You can sometimes see where the profile was with mortar stains smudged up the quoin.
     
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    This might be rough as f.., but what I’ve been doing in this situation on my own DIY build (never trained) is getting an angle grinder with one of the wire brush type attachments, and *gently* shaping the blob into a concave bucket handle finish.

    On close inspection yes you can tell it hasn’t been properly struck but from six feet away and when you’re not looking for it it blends in very nicely imo.

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    reason I like:

    it’s quick, and you aren’t worrying about “gotta get that profile off and finished behind” as a matter of fact, leaving it till it goes hard after days or weeks leaves a better finish
     
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    The thing is, mortar joints are not pointed to look nice, but the ironing (compressing and smoothing) gives the joint and the wall its weathering properties and protection.
     
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