Steve answered the question. He will parge our chimney.
What is purging you ask?
A parge coat is a thin coat of a cementitious or polymeric mortar applied to concrete or masonry for refinement of the surface. Parging is usually applied with a trowel and pressed into the existing surface. Wikipedia
He started the process the other day by cleaning and scrubbing off the chimney. Because of the two different types of bricks and patched areas, it needed something to be done to upgrade it's appearance. I had suggested just painting the surface of the bricks themselves with a roller. But because they are two different textures he didn't think that would look good. So he decided to parge it.
Last year Steve had parged a section of our lower foundation and it worked really well. He also finished up this year doing the rest of the foundation including some inside work on the basement walls. So he had gotten adept at parging, using the trowel and spreading the surface of masonry as smooth as possible. He was not daunted at all to attempt this. The only problem, it's way up high on the roof! The other stuff was down on the ground. He went up the ladder and brought all of his equipment up there. Fortunately the chimney is located in an area where he can stand on the roof to work on it. The only problem is with the tilted surface of the roof, his ankles and feet get sore after a while.
Well, it's time to finish up this blog and catch up with Steve. I had painted all the trim strips for around the new bedroom window on the inside, and he is going to start are nailing them into place. Once they are all up he will fill in all the tiny nail holes with caulking and then I can give it one final coat of paint. He is putting the tall mop board into place as well. That will be another task done before winter.
I wonder what our next project will be?