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    • tightasagnats
    • By tightasagnats 17th May 17, 9:45 PM
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    House Walls Repointing and Tying
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    • 17th May 17, 9:45 PM
    House Walls Repointing and Tying 17th May 17 at 9:45 PM
    Building surveyor today on house I'm buying (Victorian end of terrace) suggested re-pointing entire side wall, and also rebuild chimney stack and tying wall as it's bulging somewhat.

    I've seen repointing priced at around £60 per m sq, and I wonder if while the scaffolding is up, get the chimney and ties done. Any idea of cost?

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    • FreeBear
    • By FreeBear 17th May 17, 11:54 PM
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    Scaffolding is going to be a significant cost, so it would make sense to do everything up there at the same time.

    As this is a Victorian property, it is most likely to be constructed with lime mortar rather than the modern portland cement - Do yourself (and the building) a favour and use lime mortar for the repointing. Cement pointing will crack and fall out in the next 20-30 years, but lime will last another 100. It is also much easier to rake out lime than it is cement.
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    • tightasagnats
    • By tightasagnats 18th May 17, 8:40 AM
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    Thank you. I've heard that often about lime mortar. The surveyor suggested that someone has bodged some repointing previously.
    • JigglyPug
    • By JigglyPug 18th May 17, 4:13 PM
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    I can't help with all the jobs but i've just had a quote for rebuilding a damaged chimney stack on a terraced house in the Midlands for £1200 inc. VAT. It might be more expensive depending on where you live in the UK!
    • JuzaMum
    • By JuzaMum 18th May 17, 9:27 PM
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    I agree it is best to get it all done at once if possible. Do you want to keep the chimneys? My house had one chimney removed before we bought it. This meant we were able to remove the chimney breast in bedroom 1 and the dining room adding a lot of useful space.
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