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I am about to re-point the front of my Victorian (1895) house which has soft red bricks.

Is a 4:1 ratio of sand to cement suitable? I have read that cement can force the moisture though the bricks and cause issues, and therefore some people suggest lime instead of cement.

What colour sand is most common for the mortar in this case?

Do people tend to use red sand, or a dye of some sort?

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I have modified the question to make it less subjective –  user18909 Dec 31 '13 at 13:22
    
Thanks for updating your question. –  Niall C. Dec 31 '13 at 14:04
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