Chimney Work

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Out of the three chimneys, we were fortunate
enough to have one almost complete one as a
guide to rebuild the other two.  The two damaged
ones were mainly suffering from someone pulling
the tops off to steal the bricks.  Two of the
chimneys had settled a couple of inches down and
out away from the house, and tilted out about 3 to 4
inches at the shoulder.  After our restorations, with
new footings, they didn't budge a hair through the
earthquake a few years ago.  Not only were the
chimneys jacked back up to proper height, but
were shoved back into proper position against the
house.  Finished Chimneys are 43 feet tall.
different  places, so we could mix and come close to the originals without having to hand
make replacements. One of the three batches was soft interior bricks, from a partial
interior brick wall in the basement, that we had refired to a higher temperature.  Those
came out to be exact matches since they probably came out of the same molds as the
rest of the brick on this house. Lime mortar was used from Virginia Lime Works, and they
did a remarkable job of matching the original mortar color.  Each course of the stack had
to have bricks cut so the course would work out to the right dimensions without irregular
head joints.  Stack courses were selected for color on the ground, and reset up on the
scaffolding, being transported up in the "suitcase" we made to size each course.