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I don't know what caused that, but it's called the "shoulder" if that helps you at all during your research.

It helps me to know the correct terminology in general. Thanks Brandon.

In this neck of the woods, we call 'em "reducers". I like shoulder better, though.

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Doesn't appear to be like any normal spalling that would be caused by frost in the brick, appears to have been hit and broken. Either someone for some reason broke them off on purpose or maybe the operator hit the edges with his back-hoe bucket when back-filling around the foundation. Unless the bricks were actually loose, I would have noted as "cosmetic damage to the brick, repair as you wish."

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Doesn't appear to be like any normal spalling that would be caused by frost in the brick, appears to have been hit and broken. Either someone for some reason broke them off on purpose or maybe the operator hit the edges with his back-hoe bucket when back-filling around the foundation. Unless the bricks were actually loose, I would have noted as "cosmetic damage to the brick, repair as you wish."

At the inspection I told the client it was just cosmetic. I didnt mention it in the report.

What did go in the report was the cracked crown and resulting efflorescence and cracking brick work near the top of the chimney.

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