|The wall on the front
balcony had several
layers of patches.
|The wall in front had
bowed out considerably, apparently due to
water infiltrating from the patio above.
|The layers of patches are torn off,
revealing badly deteriorated brick below the patio level.
||The first step is to fill in the front
walls, to establish a reasonably straight line.
|A straight line is made
by using a level and nailing up a one by four. This forms
the arris (outside corner) and gives us something to
||Ceramic weep tubes are put in, measuring
from the one by four. The PVC pipe holds the tubes in
alignment until the tubes are mortared in.
These ceramic tubes aren't historically accurate, but look like someone may have used them in 1910. They beat having the wall fall apart.
|Weep tubes are mortared in
and covered with tape. Note the one by to support the weep
in place. The walls that are solid are chipped for
||The top was badly spalled
and also a source of water infiltration. Note to tops are
level, which allows water to soak in.
|The top of the wall, or the
cap is covered with aluminum coil stock.
||Metal lath is nailed on
|I made a
tool to round the tops off.
||I didn't waste the rest of the
bucket. I cut 4
gauging scoops like the one in the center from the bucket.
|The top is filled in and
formed by running the tool across.
||The tops are now rounded
for good water run off. Underneath is metal
flashing so they can't leak.
|The inside panels are filled and
straightened with a rod.
||After the inside sets up the outside
panels are formed with wood strips and filled.
|The round details are formed with wood
strips and sculptured with a scrap piece of weep
Every step and detail was done by forming with strips and allowing each section to set up overnight before the next section.
|I am waiting a week before we put on the
finish coat to make sure everything sets up real
The finish, of course, will be REAL white cement and REAL sand. If you remember the columns we did in the last update, they are painted white to match the rest.
Please check back to see our finished product.