Feltwell wrote: ↑Sat 29th Jun, 2019 3:51 pm
This is a normal view of Feltwell Towers:-
But today it looks more like this:-
As this scary beastie is getting some much needed love & attention:-
Now the crown was in a right old mess, flaunching all shot, and it turns out the 2 chimney pots were just supported on some very corroded and thin iron bars
This was the crown halfway through today:-
In my case, as you can see, it's 4 separate pieces of stone. The 2 larger ones are 'kin heavy, to give it a technical term - so with no easy to hire mobile cranes in years gone by, I'd suggest it's unlikely yours was one piece. Took 2 of us on proper scaffold to lift the edge stones off and rebed them on lime mortar.
Pots now back on and supported on the galvanised steel bars you can see, flaunching now on. I would take a picture of it looking all lovely and finished, but of course in this heat it's all swathed in wet hessian now. It's crackin' flags here today - by'eck it's hot.
Now the crown is rebuilt, next job is lots of repointing and cutting out and replacing deteriorated bricks on the rest of the stack.
Nice view from the scaffold though - can see for miles.
So, chimney is now done - have gone from this:-
Via this - about 25 bricks in total had to be cut out & turned round or replaced:-
Will take a proper overall picture tomorrow once the scaffold is down. Give it a couple of years to weather a bit and it should look great.
Hopefully, this will cure the damp in the stack - the ceiling in the room below has damp marks. Roof is definitely watertight, but on doing the crown we found where water had been getting into the stack - plus all the bad pointing can't have been helping.
The mortar we used was the premixed coloured lime mortar from Lime Green - so easy to use, just put it in a plasterer's bucket and add water and mix it with a power mixer, just like you would for gypsum plaster. Not cheap at £20 for a 25kg bag but very easy & nice to work with, and I know I can get a consistent colour in future. Helps for me that they're only about 20 minutes away, but they'll do deliveries nationwide.
https://www.lime-green.co.uk/products/l ... ime-mortar
No peace for the wicked - This one is next, but the bricks are in much better condition here. You can see from here the flaunching is shot.