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Question DetailsAsked on 9/10/2014

I have two five feet chimneys that require tuck pointing and caps

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Search the List under Chimney Caps or Chimney Repair - basically you are looking for a chimney sweep.

Answered 5 years ago by LCD


I have a fieldstone chimney that need pointing some have a crack in

the stones

Answered 4 years ago by Guest_90684451


Chimney Repair is the Search the List category you want to use to find well-rated and reviewed contractors to bid this work.

You can find a few previous similar questions about pointing and caps in the Home > Chimney Repair link in Browse Projects, at lower left.

Be cautious of terminology - because "tuckpointing" is actually a method for using two different color mortars (one brick colored) to make the joint look thin. Originally (pre-1800's England) was a method of scribing a thin white joint line in thicker mortar joint on rough brick construction so the lines lined up to make a cheap bgrick job look nice and neat and uniform.

You are probably looking for either pointing - which replacing missing mortar with new and fills the joint to whatever finish profile you want - which might a recessed profile or flush or protruding and bevelled or "german" where the mortar is left rough and sticks out from the joint. Basically an aesthetic measure and does NOT add measurable strength to the chimney.

Repointing involves grinding out the mortar between the bricks - partial depth repointing typically 2-3 inches deep to remove deteriorated surficial mortar from weathering, or full repointing which goes full depth of the brick to remove what was probably inferior mortar mix in the first place, or very old or pollution acid damged mortar that is "sanding".

Be sure to specify by description in the contract which you want - DRAMATIC cost diffaerence between appearance pointing and full repointing. Some chimneys just scraping or power wire brushing the loose mortar out and pointing back to original mortar profile (or for longer life, flush joint) will work. FOr seriously deteriorated mortar, especially if going soft or sanding (so readily dug out of joint) then you may need full-depth repair. In many cases the above-roof section may need significantly greater repair - like maybe full-depth repointing or even rebuilding whereas the below-roof section might get by with partial depth repointing or appearance pointing.

Answered 4 years ago by LCD

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