i have a 1888 house that has a brick chimney. the previous owner had it "repaired" by putting a coat of stucco on top (without any metal lathe) a couple of years later, it is just chipping and falling off. To me (and i'm no expert!) it looks like someone put different bricks in place to repair areas - because they are different colors.
is it advisable to remove the stucco and re-point the bricks or should i use metal lathe and cover it with stucco again? And finally, if i use a metal lathe, how do i attach it to brick?