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.