For the Owner/Administrator
The owner or administrator of a historic building should remember
that repointing is likely to be a lengthy and expensive process.
First, there must be adequate time for evaluation of the building
and investigation into the cause of problems. Then, there will
be time needed for preparation of the contract documents.
The work itself is precise, time-consuming and noisy, and scaffolding
may cover the face of the building for some time. Therefore,
the owner must carefully plan the work to avoid problems.
Schedules for both repointing and other activities will
thus require careful coordination to avoid unanticipated conflicts.
The owner must avoid the tendency to rush the work or cut corners
if the historic building is to retain its visual integrity and
the job is to be durable.
For the Architect/Consultant
Because the primary role of the consultant is to ensure the
life of the building, a knowledge of historic construction techniques
and the special problems found in older buildings is essential.
The consultant must assist the owner in planning for logistical
problems relating to research and construction. It is the consultant's
responsibility to determine the cause of the mortar deterioration
and ensure that it is corrected before the masonry is repointed.
The consultant must also be prepared to spend more time in
project inspections than is customary in modern construction.
For the Masons
Successful repointing depends on the masons themselves. Experienced
masons understand the special requirements for work on historic
buildings and the added time and expense they require. The entire
masonry crew must be willing and able to perform the work in
conformance with the specifications, even when the specifications
may not be in conformance with standard practice. At the same
time, the masons should not hesitate to question the specifications
if it appears that the work specified would damage the building.