On this faq page I have covered a couple of the most asked questions and also explained why we do what we do and follow the law rather then cut corners or not follow the health and safety guidelines. So I hope the information and videos below may be helpful.
DO I NEED SCAFFOLDING?
Scaffolding is vitally important for a number of reasons:
Falls from height are the number one killer in the building industry. Scaffolding makes what is a potentially dangerous job as safe as it can be.
Without scaffolding a proper job cannot be achieved. When cutting out mortar joints we will be holding a heavy angle grinder with a dust extraction cowl and dust extractor attached. This cannot be done from a ladder. When mortar work is being carried out it may be necessary to control the curing environment by covering with damp hessian and/or tarpaulins to stop the mortar drying too quickly or to protect from inclement weather. None of this is possible from a ladder.
WHY DO YOU USE DUST EXTRACTION?
Dust extraction is a legal requirement when cutting out mortar joints
On a typical repointing job our dust extractors will capture 200kg of very fine talc like dust that would otherwise be released into the environment – otherwise known as you and your neighbours properties. It also get fired into the wall making accurate cutting impossible. Silica dust is the second biggest killer in the building industry and using an extractor minimises that risk of exposure.
Dust Extraction Do’s and Don’ts
Here is a video of how it should not be done:
Here is a video of us doing it correctly:
You will notice that there is very little dust lost although no system is 100% efficient.