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Average cost of brick pointing

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I am trying to get some idea of what a small brick pointing job should cost and how it is priced. My first thought is that contractors charge by the area covered. The wall needing it's joints repaired/restored (perhaps pointed is not technically the correct term) is a very old indoor wall being "restored" to a condition that will allow it to be exposed. About 20% of the joint area needs some old loose mortar removed before the repair of the joints. The wall is about 20 X 12 feet.


I would also like to hear any ideas on the possibility of resurfacing or deep cleaning of the brick surface itself, so as to further improve it's apearance. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

(post #86774, reply #1 of 3)

I generally don't figure on "area covered". I price it such as........How long will it take me to do and figure a day rate. 1 day?? 3 days??

Remember that some people have different thoughts on "level of finish".

It's not just filling in a joint.

The original fireplace in my house looked like it was built by 2 different people, one on the left, other on the right.

Or the same person after a liquid lunch.

Rod

(post #86774, reply #2 of 3)

Save everyone from over-thinking, do T&M. Trust is the biggest factor. If someone insists on a fixed price, a job like that has ALOT of added $$$ for time MAYBE spent.

(post #86774, reply #3 of 3)

Tuck pointing is a labor-intense and time-consuming project. Materials cost very little. Most projects that I have bid or have seen bid are on the high end of the dollar scale.... and this is something for which you really don't want to hire someone that is less skilled. A poor tuck pointing job will look horrible and be virtually impossible to fix. Don't skimp if you want it done right.



 


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