ATTENTION TO DETAIL

Poor jointing can spoil the finished appearance of even the best brickwork, and timing, care and attention to detail are key factors in the process.

Bed joints at any external angles, stopped-ends and reveals should be neat and sharp (see Fig 164). To achieve this, it is necessary to iron the joint away from the external angle rather than towards it, as the latter can cause the end of the joint to be rounded over or ‘dragged out’, particularly if excessive pressure is applied with the jointing tool. The same principle applies to the cross-joints between bricks laid on edge, where any lack of attention to detail will be very noticeable, due to the sheer number of joints involved.

ATTENTION TO DETAIL

Fig. 164 Half-round jointing correctly finished at an external angle.

Cross-joints at internal angles must distinctly follow the bonding arrangement and the intersection of the bricks on individual and alternate courses (see Fig 165). Under no circumstances should the cross-joints on alternate courses ‘blend together’ to the point where they practically appear to be one continuous vertical joint (see Fig 166).

Brushing over the brickwork with a soft hand brush, to remove the last debris or crumbs of mortar not already removed by the trowel or jointing tool, is recommended. However, this should be carefully timed so as not to cause damage to the joint finish or to leave brush marks in mortar that is still too wet.

ATTENTION TO DETAIL

Fig. 165 Half-round jointing correctly finished at an internal corner.

ATTENTION TO DETAIL

Fig. 166 Poorly finished half-round jointing at an internal corner.