bricklaying and tuck-pointing with Stan Guzik

Not long after the TPO roof was installed, we saw the ceiling drywall joint in 2nd floor kitchen was still discoloring from water damage.  There was still a leak even after spending $10K on new roof!  I went up to the roof and couldn't find anywhere the water could get in from the roof.  I then looked at the adjacent brick wall and rear chimney, and found many holes where water could get in from the side (blowing rain).   So, i figured having this brick fixed might be the next remedy.

My friend Steve and his family own a few 2-flats near Loyola.  He was also in the middle of multiple rehabs and just happened to be working with a brick mason as part of his re-roof.

Steve's front parapet wall back being rebuilt

Steve's front parapet wall rebuild completed

Steve's parapet wall after roofer finished TPO job w/ counter-flashing
Steve's face brick being rebuilt by Stan's employees

OK, enough about Steve's house.  On to our brick problems..  Photos below are BEFORE and AFTER , as noted in captions.

Our middle chimney before rebuild
close up of slowly falling chimney before rebuild

center chimney after rebuild
nice and straight again!

my horrible attempt at tuck pointing
after city violations in 2002, before rebuild
rear double chimney with large holes in brick
and mortar before rebuild

same chimney after rebuild
and tuck pointing

rear double chimney after rebuild
topped with cast concrete, rubber, clay flue, and rain/animal cap

center chimney before rebuild
after rebuild

double chimney during rebuild, steel flue for hot water
heat exhaust still intact

double chimney during rebuild

Stan's truck - lots of scaffolding

Stan's crew put down tarp and plywood to protect roof

center chimney during rebuild

Stan's crew did a great job rebuilding the chimneys, spot tuck pointing the entire south wall, and lots of other additional work that was not even in the contract for a fair price.  I can highly recommend his company based on the work he has done at my friend's house and our house.

I will also be hiring him to repoint and partially rebuild the face brick of our house.

Here's Stan's business information:
Stanislaw Guzik Construction Inc.
Licensed Mason - Chicago and Suburbs
(773) 286-1522


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