Brick chimneys are prevalent all across the world. They provide a beautiful means to vent smoke from a fire place and out of the house. They can be as large as 12 feet in diameter and as small as 1 foot in diameter. Many times a brick chimney will sustain damage from the weather or by some human act of force. The average homeowner can repair his or her own chimney by following a few deliberate steps, and, with due diligence, he or she can complete the job in as little as 2 hours.
Clean the Debris
Remove any loose debris such as broken bricks and mortar. Many times loose brick and mortar can be pulled loose with your hands. Be careful that the chimney is not unstable in any way.
Use a brick chisel and hammer to break away any brick or mortar that may be lodged. You will need to clean the area to be repaired. Once the damaged brick and mortar have been removed, use a brush to sweep any dust away from the area to be repaired.
Wet the area to be repaired with a soaked sponge. This will allow the mortar to bond the new brick to the old. If you're tucking mortar joints, use a large trowel to hold mortar just beneath the mortar joint while you rake and pack the mortar into the joint with a small tuck pointer.
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