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  1. #1
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    Default sand deposits at hearth extension

    These sand deposits were found on an inspect of a house unoccupied for an unknown time period. Massive chimney column rises from ground all the way up and through.

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    Default Re: sand deposits at hearth extension

    Quote Originally Posted by jim baird View Post
    These sand deposits were found on an inspect of a house unoccupied for an unknown time period. Massive chimney column rises from ground all the way up and through.

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    Brick termites? Somebody throwing sandbags against the fireplace for fun? The answer to this sand deposit mistery is awaitng further investigation by you. oo


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    Default Re: sand deposits at hearth extension

    Improper mortar mix

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    Default Re: sand deposits at hearth extension

    Mason-ry Bees ! Probably weren't Union -


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    Default Re: sand deposits at hearth extension

    Looks like efflorescence on some of the bricks on the surround. My guess is moisture penetration through the chimney and powdering up of the brick from moisture. Any issues on the exterior chimney structure like damaged pointing or a damaged mortar cap?

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    Default Re: sand deposits at hearth extension

    I can?t tell from my phone photo but masons years ago and today fill the void behind the fire brick and masonry block with sand , allows for thermal expansion with out the rigidity of cement or brick causing resistance.

    Joseph Ehrhardt
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