Yesterday I had a contractor come out to give me a bid on fixing my
fireplace and brick chimney. He said he couldn't really tell until I had
the soot cleaned out. He said as far as fixing the chimney, a lot
depends on whether it's "cracked." I asked how you can tell and he asked
me if the chimney feels solid when you try to shake it from the roof, or
if it wobbles. I asked him if he wanted to accompany me up there and see
and he said he'd forgotten to wear his shoes. He had sandals on.
Later, after he left, I was on the roof to check on some other things
and I thought I'd check out the chimney and tried to see if it was solid
or wobbly, like he said. In doing so, I evidently loosened one side of
the top 3 layers of bricks. Maybe he was smart to not be wearing his
shoes! Can I repair these by removing the bricks, cleaning them and
resetting them with some brick mortar? I'm not ready to have the whole
chimney done now because the house needs a foundation job, but if an
earthquake hit now, the bricks would damage my roof and would then be
apt to fall on my car. Thanks for the help.