Repointing a field stone basement
This morning I went to look at what could potentially be my first big job as an independent contractor. I spent a year working for a mason, and two years with a green home builder, but since going out on my own, it’s mostly been small handyman jobs.
The client’s home was built in 1880 and the foundation is made of field stones. The mortar between the stones is crumbling. You can make a mess of it by just brushing it with your hand. He wants it repointed so he can paint over it. He’s not looking to make the space look finished. He wants to turn it into a shop space.
So it seems like a pretty straightforward job of chiseling out the bad mortar and slapping in new stuff. There is about 450 sqft of wall that needs work.
This isn’t a green building question so much as a due diligence and cover my ass question.
The client isn’t complaining about the basement being wet or drafty. He just doesn’t want any maintenance problems again. But if I’m doing this work anyway, should I be recommending something more? I saw one youtube video that recommended against painting. Should I advise a cement based waterproof coating instead?
I’d appreciate any advice from an experienced mason. What should I look out for?
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