Finish mortar joints


Use a trowel to apply extra mortar to joints to smoothen and finish them after the mortar has partially hardened. Make sure that the joints are full to prevent dampness and other outside influences from passing through the wall.

Alternative labels

joint mortaring
filling up mortar joints
mortaring joints
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finishing of mortar joints
mortar joint finishing
finishing mortar joints

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Relationships with occupations

Essential skill

Finish mortar joints is an essential skill of the following occupations:

Bricklayer: Bricklayers assemble brick walls and structures by skilfully laying the bricks in an established pattern, using a binding agent like cement to bond the bricks together. They then fill the joints with mortar or other suitable materials.

Optional skill

Finish mortar joints is optional for these occupations. This means knowing this skill may be an asset for career advancement if you are in one of these occupations.

Bricklaying supervisor: Bricklaying supervisors monitor bricklaying activities. They assign tasks and take quick decisions to resolve problems.
Stonemason: Stonemasons manually carve and assemble stone for construction purposes. While CNC operated carving equipment is the industry standard, artisanal carving for ornamental stone is still done manually.
Building construction worker: Building construction workers prepare and maintain building construction activities on construction sites. They perform preparation and clean-up work in order to assist specialised construction workers.




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Last updated on September 20, 2022