It’s a Messy Job

It was a messy job but the fireplace had to be fixed. It was weeks ago we made the brace in the family room and so things were looking like this for a while.

This job required four hands so I couldn’t take any progress or technique photos.

The job was a crumbly mess.

After stuffing each crack with mortar we left things to cure for about a half hour before wiping off the bricks.

After an hour I noticed our first crack in the mortar.

We made a rookie mistake.  Mortar is supposed to dry slowly to avoid cracking. And we lit a roaring fire in the wood stove.

It takes a week for things to set completely so the big test will be this weekend when we remove the bracing. If the bricks don’t fall it will be a success in our minds. Fingers crossed!

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