A POINTED END
See the lower red chimney?
See the upper red chimney?
But you cannot see the middle red chimney as it is covered in four layers of thick plastic, and a blue heating blanket, all carefully taped to the house to keep the newly done pointing (new mortar) of the middle chimney from freezing.
The middle chimney will stay covered for the next 30 days to protect it. And each day I have to turn the heating blanket on.
The mortar of the middle chimney leached out due to an issue with the built-in gutter above. This issue is not yet corrected, but is next on the TO DO list.
The chimney pointing is now complete, and is (drum roll, please) the last line item of the 2017 Heritage Trust Grant.
NOTE: Old bricks should NEVER be pointed with modern cement. This will destroy the brick as cement is too hard. I used a lime-based mortar, wholly compatible with 1890s brick.
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