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Repointing Mortar Joints in Historic Masonry Buildings

Jeffrey Havelin, PE

The purpose of this (Two-Hour) course is to provide the engineer or architect with a fundamental understanding and technical knowledge associated with the Repointing Mortar Joints in Historic Masonry Buildings.

When properly done, repointing restores the visual and physical integrity of the masonry. Improperly done, repointing not only detracts from the appearance of the building, but may also cause physical damage to the masonry units themselves.

The objective of this course is also to raise the knowledge level and help develop sensitivity to the particular needs of historic masonry, and will help assist architects, engineers and historic preservation consultants working cooperatively with historic building owners. Although specifically intended for historic buildings, the guidance provided by this course material is also appropriate for other masonry buildings as well.

This course is based entirely on the web version of the National Park Service Preservation Brief 02 which is entitled “Repointing Mortar Joints in Historic Masonry Buildings” as published by the National Park Service- U.S. Department of the Interior.

This course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of course materials.

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