Masonry: How to Repair Mortar Joints

A beginner's guide to tuckpointing

Required Tools for this Project

Have the necessary tools for this DIY project lined up before you start—you’ll save time and frustration.

  • Hammer
  • Angle grinder
  • Bucket
  • Cold chisel
  • Dust mask
  • Hearing protection
  • Hammer drill
  • Safety glasses
  • Tuckpointing tool

You'll also need a brick trowel, a masonry jointer or joint raker, a small broom, rubber gloves, and a stiff bristle brush.

Required Materials for this Project

Avoid last-minute shopping trips by having all your materials ready ahead of time. Here's a list.

  • Mortar mix
  • Mortar dye
  • Muriatic acid