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Currently having wonderful fun doing some property maintenance. Since moving in I could see the chimney stack needed pointing as it a lovely looking plant growing out of one of the joints.

Finally got around to getting up there to repoint it but have found the chimney stack it utterly fooked on the top several courses. So not only does it need a repoint but the capping needs removing and about 20 bricks removing and relaying. However luckily it's so fooked I won't even need a hammer to get the bricks off as I will simply be able to lift them off!

At least once it's done it won't need doing again I hope for at least 50-100 years and then it will definitely be someone else's problem!

Now I've got to wait for a dry day so a I remove all the concrete capping, remove the bricks, clean them up, relay them and then put a new cap on chimney stack! Looks like the mixing paddle is going to be very busy!

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Currently having wonderful fun doing some property maintenance. Since moving in I could see the chimney stack needed pointing as it a lovely looking plant growing out of one of the joints.

Finally got around to getting up there to repoint it but have found the chimney stack it utterly fooked on the top several courses. So not only does it need a repoint but the capping needs removing and about 20 bricks removing and relaying. However luckily it's so fooked I won't even need a hammer to get the bricks off as I will simply be able to lift them off!

At least once it's done it won't need doing again I hope for at least 50-100 years and then it will definitely be someone else's problem!

Now I've got to wait for a dry day so a I remove all the concrete capping, remove the bricks, clean them up, relay them and then put a new cap on chimney stack! Looks like the mixing paddle is going to be very busy!

Don't fall off - the OT forum relies on your input.

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I have noticed loads of these huge purple flowered weeds growing this summer. They are in walls, guttering and cracks in the pavement etc, pretty much anywhere they can take root. Some of them get to 10ft high.

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This thead is really quite disappointing.

I think if you extended it into discusssions of entropy, or how current BTL yields cannot cover the cost of the liability side of letting, a bit more stimulation would beforthcoming.

I don't know, the quotidien travails of our very own Comrade Teripoff, I feel, are as worthy as much of Dostoyesvsky's oeuvre. What's more, in centuries to come people will wonder at his pithy 2-line synopses, long ofter the original Daily Mail link has broken.

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I have noticed loads of these huge purple flowered weeds growing this summer. They are in walls, guttering and cracks in the pavement etc, pretty much anywhere they can take root. Some of them get to 10ft high.

I believe they are called budlea

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This thead is really quite disappointing.

I think if you extended it into discusssions of entropy, or how current BTL yields cannot cover the cost of the liability side of letting, a bit more stimulation would beforthcoming.

You know that he's just mocking us? He's a homeowner and has to do these 'manly', 'responsible' and 'important' things and is not afraid to let us know about it.

Tenants are just children by another name.

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I am now a man without a chimney! :unsure:

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Yep it's that time of year when HPC members feel the need to mess about on the roof. A tip if you have any replacement tiles this stuff conceals the repair. Followed interestrateripoff onto the roof yesterday and the results are amazing..........a uniform colour with new tiles instantly aged.

Nothing worse imo than bright coloured concrete tiles with weathered tiles. Forget the yoghurt it doesn't work....this does.

What have you been doing on your roof this week?

http://www.amazon.co.uk/s/?ie=UTF8&keywords=liquid+weather&tag=googhydr-21&index=aps&hvadid=24520597494&hvpos=1t1&hvexid=&hvnetw=g&hvrand=18365252849553665619&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=e&hvdev=c&ref=pd_sl_mmios3ade_e

And as word of warning....

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/298801.stm (Ah XYY beat me to it)

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Currently having wonderful fun doing some property maintenance. Since moving in I could see the chimney stack needed pointing as it a lovely looking plant growing out of one of the joints.

Finally got around to getting up there to repoint it but have found the chimney stack it utterly fooked on the top several courses. So not only does it need a repoint but the capping needs removing and about 20 bricks removing and relaying. However luckily it's so fooked I won't even need a hammer to get the bricks off as I will simply be able to lift them off!

At least once it's done it won't need doing again I hope for at least 50-100 years and then it will definitely be someone else's problem!

Now I've got to wait for a dry day so a I remove all the concrete capping, remove the bricks, clean them up, relay them and then put a new cap on chimney stack! Looks like the mixing paddle is going to be very busy!

I'm very disappointed in you that you couldn't even be ars*ed to add a Daily Mail link to something.

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Yep it's that time of year when HPC members feel the need to mess about on the roof. A tip if you have any replacement tiles this stuff conceals the repair. Followed interestrateripoff onto the roof yesterday and the results are amazing..........a uniform colour with new tiles instantly aged.

Will keep that in mind. Reclaimed tiles also work well, providing you find good ones, not weathered too thin by the elements.

Be careul up there IRR, although good you've paid out for scaffolding. You may be an expert with mortar, but hope you're using a matching mortar for the pointing, and not too hard a mix, else you risk 'spalling' bricks (the faces coming away, over time).

On my roof? If I had a roof of my own I'd have to pay for specialists. Although a friend one time got so annoyed, and tired of expense of trying to fix chimney problems.. (leaking/damp into upper bedroom and lower walls)... a chimney rebuild didn't solve it, new flashing around the chimney didn't solve it, that he had the stacks removed, and tiled over. I was told the stack (or possibly a tall pot can be included in the calculations) has to be a certain height above roof line to properly get the pull to vent - else there are some risks.

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To be fair, I feel quite sorry for him. When our chimney needed pointing a couple of years back the landlord sent his man down to fix it. I think I'm going to miss that kind of service and complete lack of worry if we were ever to buy some place again.

You shouldn't be sending your kids to university, they should be out there learning how to transact intergenerational wealth transfer.

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It is what the thread is demanding. Be careful of any adjustments to the aperture size you might inadvertently make...

Pet rabbit was sucked up the chimney after freak gust of wind turned it into a giant vacuum

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2569308/Freak-gust-wind-turned-family-fireplace-giant-vacuum-sucked-RABBIT-chimney-pet-eventually-rescued-firemen.html

and make sure you don't fall in....

Burglar whose body was found decomposed and wedged inside solicitor's chimney would have died 'within minutes'

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2500485/Burglar-body-decomposed-wedged-inside-solicitors-chimney-died-minutes.html

If I quote the above are you happy?

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Will keep that in mind. Reclaimed tiles also work well, providing you find good ones, not weathered too thin by the elements.

Be careul up there IRR, although good you've paid out for scaffolding. You may be an expert with mortar, but hope you're using a matching mortar for the pointing, and not too hard a mix, else you risk 'spalling' bricks (the faces coming away, over time).

On my roof? If I had a roof of my own I'd have to pay for specialists. Although a friend one time got so annoyed, and tired of expense of trying to fix chimney problems.. (leaking/damp into upper bedroom and lower walls)... a chimney rebuild didn't solve it, new flashing around the chimney didn't solve it, that he had the stacks removed, and tiled over. I was told the stack (or possibly a tall pot can be included in the calculations) has to be a certain height above roof line to properly get the pull to vent - else there are some risks.

Moved into a place a couple of years ago. All kinds of problems with damp, even actual rain water pouring in via the chimney/gable end. Apparently been a problem with the house for nigh on 50 years according to a previous owner living locally.

Finally, got a local chap to rebuild the chimney stack, add an additional overhang to top of it, re-render the entire outside of the house with render mixed with waterproofing agent and then line the interior of the chimney. I then painted the exterior. Problem solved.

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Who's going to fix all the rotten chimney stacks on all those BTLs?

Because I bet the landlords won't.

That will be muggins here!!!! It's a shared stack I'm repairing and the neighbours rent from their kids. So the landlords have found a proper mug!!!!

This just gets better doesn't it! Dry day tomorrow so hopefully I can get it all stripped off!

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That will be muggins here!!!! It's a shared stack I'm repairing and the neighbours rent from their kids. So the landlords have found a proper mug!!!!

This just gets better doesn't it! Dry day tomorrow so hopefully I can get it all stripped off!

You're fixing their stack?

You spineless ******wit

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There seem to be a hell of a lot of plants growing out of railway buildings and walls these days. Can't help but think that the lack of maintainance in that regard, as well as looking bad, is asking for horrendously expensive major repairs and disruption at some point in the future. I've even heard it claimed that it's got to the point where pulling them out will pull the walls down, so short-sightedness (probably caused by a "we don't give a damn if it looks messy, only care whether it works and is cheap" attitude) has resulted in a damned if you do, damned if you don't situation. I suppose it's still not regarded as an issue because the big problems won't happen until the future so they're someone elses' problem.

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There seem to be a hell of a lot of plants growing out of railway buildings and walls these days. Can't help but think that the lack of maintainance in that regard, as well as looking bad, is asking for horrendously expensive major repairs and disruption at some point in the future. I've even heard it claimed that it's got to the point where pulling them out will pull the walls down, so short-sightedness (probably caused by a "we don't give a damn if it looks messy, only care whether it works and is cheap" attitude) has resulted in a damned if you do, damned if you don't situation. I suppose it's still not regarded as an issue because the big problems won't happen until the future so they're someone elses' problem.

I agree and it probably has a lot to do with the type of labour people want to do these days.....natural science graduate and a plum job on the Butterfly Charity that advocates buddleias growing on Brunel's masterpiece 50 feet up or a steeple jack .....who needs them.

Same with everything now.......six desk jobs to consider cleaning up the town but not one person cleaning it up in blue overalls. Got to make the job market fit the new education education agenda. Six desk bound public sector workers moved to picking up litter and clearing graffiti could do so much for urban economies but instead we pay them six figure salaries as diversity officers......jobs about jobs with zero productivity. But then what are degrees in sociology for.

Think of the butterflies.........

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/home/gardening/article-2407071/Its-time-bit-butterflies-Buddleia-grow-just-good-news-wildlife-says-gardening-expert-Monty-Don.html

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I agree and it probably has a lot to do with the type of labour people want to do these days.....natural science graduate and a plum job on the Butterfly Charity that advocates buddleias growing on Brunel's masterpiece 50 feet up or a steeple jack .....who needs them.

There's too much of that attitude certainly. I rather suspect that banning most of the effective weedkillers hasn't helped either (when it comes to railways the tracks are often quite weedy too, compare with photos from the 50s showing very neat tracks and no overgrown embankments). Hmm, showing my anorak credentials here.

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I agree and it probably has a lot to do with the type of labour people want to do these days.....[snip]

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Same with everything now.......six desk jobs to consider cleaning up the town but not one person cleaning it up in blue overalls.

I've always thought that part of receiving jobseeking benefit should be working a % of time on socially important work such as litter picking, weeding & tending of public green spaces etc etc. Not because this would somehow be a kind of punishment for being unemployed, but because it's a better use of time than twiddling your thumbs and would be a contribution to an improved social environment that everyone would benefit from. I also think such a scheme should be a normal part of employment for everyone, much like jury service, so that it isn't just seen as something you make the unemployed do, but rather something we all partake in. I would personally love a few days out of the office each year for picking litter or scrubbing graffiti off of walls, just for the craic of it, good change of scene and all that.

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I rather suspect that banning most of the effective weedkillers hasn't helped either

But weeds are people too!

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I've always thought that part of receiving jobseeking benefit should be working a % of time on socially important work such as litter picking, weeding & tending of public green spaces etc etc. Not because this would somehow be a kind of punishment for being unemployed, but because it's a better use of time than twiddling your thumbs and would be a contribution to an improved social environment that everyone would benefit from. I also think such a scheme should be a normal part of employment for everyone, much like jury service, so that it isn't just seen as something you make the unemployed do, but rather something we all partake in. I would personally love a few days out of the office each year for picking litter or scrubbing graffiti off of walls, just for the craic of it, good change of scene and all that.

I wouldn't necessarily mind doing it. I might even accept doing it if it was part of the terms and conditions of my job that I'd signed up to. I'd be completely against being made to do it simply for existing (I've no respect for the idea of forced jury service either).

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