Way Up…Gutter Top
The original mortar had been leached out by a failed built-in gutter (hidden inside the huge curved cornice). From Day 1, the gutter in this area had been badly designed, for it could not possibly contain the massive amount of water rushing down from the massive roof. (I will later show images of the exact issue.) So, since 1894, during a big rain, water has just poured OUT of the gutter. Much of this fell straight down, causing problems at ground level, of course, but water also clung to the curved cornice and then washed down the brick chimney like a vertical river. After 126-years of this, there was not much mortar left. How the north chimney has remained standing is a mystery to me.
With the second-level repointing now complete, it behooves the situation to rectify what caused the problem. Hence, the gutter needs to be modified, and I will be soon be showing thrilling images of this. Thrilling! I mean, who doesn’t just go crazy over images of gutters being made right?
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