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REPOINTING MORTARTOOLS AND MATERIALS: Gloves, joint raker, two-pound hammer, chisel, brush, misting spray, pointing trowel, brick jointer, small paintbrush
If old mortar has cracked or deteriorated, get advice from a structural engineer about whether it's a sign of serious structural problems or simply due to age. If age related deterioration is the cause, mortar can be repointed ( shown below) or “stitched” (a technique involving special “stitching rods” and an epoxy resin). If the problem is more serious, follow your engineer’s advice before attempting to tackle it.
REPAIRING VERTICAL TILES ON AN EXTERIOR WALL
TOOLS AND MATERIALS: Gloves, masking tape, hacksaw blade or slate ripper, grab adhesive, new tile, heavy-duty tape, caulk gun
Because layers of tiles overlap each other, a new tile can't be nailed into the furring strip below. Instead, use adhesive to secure a new tile. If you need to replace several tiles, you will be able to nail all but the last one, which will need to be attached using the method shown here. A slate ripper can be used as an alternative to a hacksaw blade. This technique can also be used to repair tiles on roofs.
REPAIRING SPLIT CLAPBOARDS
Boards are difficult to remove, so aim to repair, not replace, them. If you do have to remove boards, cut through joints, or pry boards out and cut through nails with a hacksaw.
TOOLS AND MATERIALS: Chisel, adhesive, hammer, nails, nail set, patching plaster, paint
REPAIRING VINYL SIDING
TOOLS AND MATERIALS: Zipper (siding removal tool), pry bar, vinyl siding, hammer
Vinyl siding can chip or dent. The good news is that it's fairly easy to remove and replace. When removing the siding and the nails, remember to use care as you do not want to damage any house wrap underneath.
REPLACING SIDEWALL CEDAR SHINGLE
TOOLS AND MATERIALS: Nail set, hammer, hacksaw blade, cedar shingle, block plane
Cedar shingles can crack or split due to weathering or a direct impact. They can curl or bow over time, too. It is best to replace damaged or bowed shingles instead of attempting to repair the shingle in place. For more information about cedar shingles and shakes visit the Cedar Shake and Shingle Bureau at cedarbureau.org.
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