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Tuckpointing is the raised white lines on the brick outlines on Federation period homes and buildings.Tuckpointing is also known as a way of using two contrasting colours of mortar in brickwork, one colour matching the bricks themselves, to give an artificial impression that very fine joints have been made.
Dwyer Heritage Restorations specialise in tuckpointing, the system we use is unique and has been approved by the PWD, CSIRO Materials Science & Engineering and leading Heritage Architects. It allows Dwyer Heritage Restorations to guarantee the white lines will not wash off.
The method of tuckpointing was developed in England in the late eighteenth century to imitate brickwork constructed using rubbed bricks (also rubbers or gauged bricks): bricks of fine red finish which were made slightly oversize and then individually abraded or cut, often by hand, to a precise size after firing. When laid with white lime mortar a neat finish of red brick contrasting with very fine white joints was obtained. Tuckpointing was a way of achieving a similar effect using cheap, unrubbed bricks: these were laid in a mortar of a matching colour (initially red, but later blue-black bricks and mortar were occasionally used) and a fine fillet of white material, usually pipeclay or putty, pushed into the joints before the mortar set.The name derives from an earlier, less sophisticated technique used with very uneven bricks: a thin line, called a tuck, was drawn in the flush-faced mortar but left unfilled, to give the impression of well-formed brickwork.
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