Fireplace mortar repair question

SnoBunnyNovember 2, 2002

The mortar around one of the bricks in the firebox of my fireplace is disintegrated to the point where I can lift the brick right out. I've done a bit of tuckpointing in my life (not the neatest, but I get the job done), so I'm comfortable with the idea of replacing the mortar, but I need to know if there is a special type of mortar used for fireboxes??

Thanks!

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Reef33

I had the same problem when I bought an old house. The mortar was starting to come out of some of the joints in the firebox. I asked exactly the same question to a mason (the kind that build brick walls & stuff) and he said that they use the same mortar in fireplaces as they do everywhere else.

My damage wasn't quite so bad as yours, so I used the premixed mortar patch in a caulking tube and just squirted it in. But if your bricks are coming out it may be worth mixing up some real mortar. Just make sure it's dry before starting a fire.

Hope this helps.

    Bookmark   November 2, 2002 at 3:32PM
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SnoBunny

Hey, that really does help, Reef. Thank you! I even still have some mortar mix left from doing some repairs on my front steps, so I won't even have to spend a cent to do this home repair!

    Bookmark   November 2, 2002 at 6:55PM
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simply_shelia

Ihave a question along the same lines I could use advice about.Our fireplace is in a room with hardwood flooring and the stuff that appears to be caulking in the groove between the bricks and hardwood needs to be filled in due to wear.What do people use for this?Our house is about 50yrs old.Any help appreciated,Thanks in advance.

    Bookmark   November 12, 2002 at 5:58PM
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