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What are the different types of tuck pointer?

What are the different types of tuck pointer?

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Four tuck pointers with different widths and lengths Standard tuck pointers can be found in a variety of different widths, lengths, and depths, to suit different situations and fit in different brick joints. The blades commonly range in width from 6mm (¼”) to 25mm (1″), although some are as narrow as 1mm (364“).
A row of tuckpointing tools designed specifically for traditional tuckpointing work Some manufacturers also make specialist tuckpointing tools, used for laying contrasting fillets of mortar into darker-coloured mortar. These are shaped differently to most tuck pointers and often have grooved blades that allow them to leave thin beads of lighter-coloured mortar.

The standard tuck pointer

A regular everyday tuck pointer, with a long blade, plastic handle, tang, and ferrule Most tuck pointers consist of a long, thin blade connected to a handle by a tang and ferrule. They are the most versatile kind of tuck pointer, useful for everyday repointing, as well as applying mortar, caulk or plaster to areas that might be difficult to reach with any other kind of pointing trowel.

Tuck pointers with rotating blades

A tuck pointer with an inverted or rotating handle Some tuck pointers have inverted or rotating handles, which makes them even more useful in tight spaces. Unfortunately the unfixed tang on this type of tuck pointer gives them less leverage than a conventional tuck pointer.

Specialist tuckpointing tools

Tuck pointers with tall, narrow blades are used by professional tuckpointers for traditional tuckpointing jobs A regular tuck pointer is fine for any repointing, plastering or caulking jobs, but it can’t cut a narrow bead through mortar or leave tuck-pointed fillets behind. For traditional tuckpointing, there are a variety of specialist tuckpointing tools which can be produced to suit the needs of the user. These are listed below:
A closeup of a square-beaded tuck pointer, showing the beads

“Square-beaded” tuck pointers

“Square-beaded” tuck pointers, sold by a small number of manufacturers, have grooves in the base of the blade which can cut into mortar joints and fill the space with a bead of contrasting mortar, to achieve an old-fashioned tuckpointing effect. Whilst great for traditional tuckpointing, these tools are not very versatile, and can’t be used for everyday repointing or mortar spreading.

A tuck pointer, with rounded corners

Round-cornered tuck pointers

Round-cornered tuck pointers are useful for tuckpointing rounded bricks. Tuck pointers can be made to specified concave or convex angles, to suit any curved wall that needs to be tuckpointed.

A tuck pointer with a short blade for reaching particularly awkward brick joints

Snubnosed tuck pointers

There are also custom-length snubnosed tuck pointers which have uncommonly short blades. They can be used to apply mortar to very tight corners or ornate brickwork.

An example of the kind of ornate brickwork that might require a snubnosed or longnosed tuck pointer Ornate, decorative architecture often has brick joints that would be difficult to reach with a conventional tuck pointer or a larger specialist tuckpointing tool.
Longnosed tuck pointers can be very useful for repointing and tuckpointing ornate, decorative brickwork

Longnosed tuck pointers

As well as snubnosed tuck pointers, there are also longnosed tuck pointers, which can be equally useful in reaching difficult brick joints.

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