Hiring a tuck-point or tuckpointing specialist can be somewhat more involved than utilizing artisans in other trades. This is due primarily to the rarity of a true tuckpoint artist in the masonry business. Having such a tradesman referred by a friend or relative who is personally satisfied with the work of the tuckpointing specialist can be a blessing. However, since they are not as common as painters or landscapers, an intelligent methodical search is in order.
The first place to look is on the internet. Here there is usually more information on a website pertinent to a search than can be found in a small classified ad or the yellow pages. To view the website of an experienced tuckpointing specialist, visit: http://www.ctv3enterprises.com/
Once the search has been narrowed down, ask for a written estimate. It is prudent to not be surprised by an astronomical figure after services have been rendered. Ask the tuckpointing specialist for references. Inquire as to whether he has photographs of previous work. Often a good website will have photographs and testimonials of satisfied customers, thereby saving the consumer from a lot of work.
Safety is of paramount importance in this line of work. A good tuck-pointing mason will use a grinder to remove old mortar and dirt before applying a new mixture. When he does so, fine particles of silica are released into the air. Inhalation of these particles can cause silicosis, a dangerous lung disease. For two interesting articles on this problem, view either http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/silica/tuckpointing.html or https://www.osha.gov/Publications/silica/OSHA_FS-3632.pdf