- Place the joint raker at the beginning of one of the creases in the wall where you desire to remove the mortar.
- Begin to move the rake in one direction, pressing to remove as much mortar as you can in one swipe.
- Remove the rake and insert it back in where you originally set it and repeat the fluid motion in that same area until you have removed the mortar to a depth of twice the width of the overall width of the wall.
- Repeat this motion all over the entire wall, both horizontally and vertically, until you have removed all the mortar to an equal depth.
- Remove any extra pieces of mortar around the joints using the soft paintbrush. Begin to repoint the wall if you desire.
How to Use a Joint Raker
When brick or rock walls held together with mortar begin to crumble, they generally must be refinished, also called repointing, to preserve their integrity. A joint raker is a specific tool to remove crumbling jointing material without hurting the integrity of the wall itself. The raker is simple to use, and only requires a few steps, and patience, to fall in to the groove.
Things You Will Need
- Always wear protective goggles and gloves when using the tool, as it can cause chips of mortar to fly.