When it comes to repairing cracks in masonry, there are few more popular options than a stitching kit. However, it’s important to know when helical bars are the best option and when something else might be required.

In this article, we look at the benefits of a crack stitching kit and when it should be considered for brick reinforcement or masonry repair.

What is a Masonry Crack Stitching Kit?

A masonry crack stitching kit will consist of everything you need to perform masonry stitching. These kits usually consist of:

  • Helical stitching bars
  • Masonry repair grout
  • Grout applicator
  • Mixer paddle
  • Finger trowel

Buying a kit is a great choice if you have none of the equipment already. However, if you do have the kit, you can buy helical grout and stitching bars separately.

Helical masonry crack stitching kit at Fastbuild

Does Masonry Crack Stitching Work?

A masonry crack stitching kit is one of the most cost-effective and efficient methods of restoring stability to cracked masonry walls.

Crack stitching is commonly done with helical bars that are inserted into grout which is placed in a cleared mortar bed in the wall. This method is not only effective but also causes minimal disruption for the building.

When to Use a Crack Stitching Kit

A crack stitching kit can be used in the majority of circumstances where a crack has formed in a single leaf of masonry wall.

Masonry crack stitching is commonly used to restore stability in vertical or stepped cracks. It is also a very popular method for repairing cracked brick lintels around doors and windows.

How to use Helical Bars for Lintel Repair at Fastbuild Knowledge Centre

When Not to Use a Masonry Crack Stitching Kit

While a masonry crack repair can restore stability to a wall, it might not be enough in every circumstance. For example, if the crack is caused by subsidence, this kind of issue will likely need to be resolved before the masonry can be repaired.

It’s crucial that a structural engineer is consulted before conducting any masonry repair work, as they will be able to advise on the best course of action.

We hope that this article has provided some clarity on how to repair masonry cracks effectively and efficiently. Remember, if you need any supplies for your next job, you’ll find them at great trade prices right here at Fastbuild.

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