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Tuck Pointing questions

RoyTurning's picture

I have two chimneys on my 1910 home that have missing mortar in some places. I've been getting quotes that are all over the spectrum. i.e.: 1200 -6000.  Some of these companies are registered with the BBB, some not, yet there are no complaints against them. I understand that a company doesn't have to be registered with the BBB to get a complaint lodged against them. In any case the existing mortar is red which they all say is "no problem, we can match it pretty well". What should I be asking these folks to help ensure a long lasting job? What should I be watching out for? For instance, I'm thinking the new mortar should match the existing mortar in chemical compound (lime content, etc.) yet I really don't know what I'm talking about. The property is located in Cincinnati so we get all kinds of weather.

Any advice?

You need someone who knows (post #215393, reply #1 of 1)

You need someone who knows their mortar.  Using brick mortar for limestone, eg, is a big no-no.

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