Fixing missing chimney mortar

What to do about missing chimney mortar? Is this something I can fix by myself?

Asked by Patrick on 4th Mar 2021
Expert Trade Answers
"No not really as you are required to assemble scaffolding and it can be quite a difficult job to do alone."
Answered on 8th Mar 2021 - Member since Jan 2021 - report
"Hi Patrick,

It's possible to carry out the work yourself, if you're competent enough at mixing and applying mortar where there is pointing and flaunching work on a chimney. I would recommend that an access tower and platform be set up, so that you're able to work safely."
Answered on 4th Mar 2021 - Member since Jan 2019 - report
"It is a dangerous job as you need your hands to hold the bucket and point.
A roofer will do it from crawlers.
You will need scaffolding.
It's cheaper to employ someone.

Hope this helps

Answered on 18th Mar 2021 - Member since May 2019 - report
"Hi. You can’t because it’s too dangerous for you to fix it"
Answered on 4th Mar 2021 - Member since May 2020 - report
"It needs to be ground out an inch with a grinding disc then repointing"
Answered on 4th Mar 2021 - Member since Jan 2021 - report
"Rake out and repoint with sand/cement compound or render bricks. Make sure you have safe access if on a roof."
Answered on 4th Mar 2021 - Member since Mar 2015 - report
"Hi, I would advise somebody who has experience with working from heights as you will need a scaffold for safe access to the chimney. This is the best solution to grind out all the old mortar with a 4-inch grinder that’s damaged and blown and repoint with a strong 3/1 building sand and cement mix with a frost proofer additive. Then use a weather seal, a good branded brick sealer and also I would get the lead flashing inspected when the scaffolds erected just in case as you will save money if it does need repairs to do this work at the same time thanks."
Answered on 4th Mar 2021 - Member since Feb 2020 - report
"This is something you could do yourself by removing the mortar with possibly grinding out and re pointing it or hire a trained professional to take care of the job for you."
Answered on 4th Mar 2021 - Member since Feb 2021 - report
"Hi, yes this is something you could do yourself no problem. Get some pva and prime the area first then apply your mortar."
Answered on 4th Mar 2021 - Member since Feb 2020 - report
"Depends the tools you have, would need a roof ladder or roof irons the work is easy enough just the safe access to do it can be tricky if not experienced"
Answered on 16th Apr 2021 - Member since Sep 2020 - report
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