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Old 10-16-2010, 07:33 PM   #1
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Brick work to repair a Chimney


Hello:

A few weeks ago, a very bad storm knocked the top of an old brick and mortar chimney. This is for a neighbor who is an elderly woman with no money, so, I volunteered. Attached are a few pics of the chimney. I have worked construction in the past, however, I have never done a repair like this one.

A few thoughts:
- The brick needs tuck pointing for the entire chimney above the roof line. I'm thinking about removing the loose mortar and grinding back a little, then, filling with new mortar.
- I removed all of the loose bricks at the very top and I physically pushed on the chimney. It feels pretty solid, however, I'm definitely thinking I should remove the top to layers to level it off and rebuild from that point.
- A clay cap sounds like a good idea, but, I'm not sure if it would be best in this situation.
- The home is located in Northwest Indiana near the Illinois border (Whiting, IN). I have no clue where to get materials for this type of job. Big box stores?? Menards, Home Depot?

Again, this is a charity job, so, I would deeply appreciate any advice how as to how I should proceed.

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Old 10-16-2010, 10:15 PM   #2
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that chimney probably should be rebuilt from the roof up. new flashing too.

what is the round pipe? sewer vent?

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Old 10-17-2010, 07:58 AM   #3
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Is the chimney still functional or abandoned?
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