Spire general maintenance: pointing, timber louvre painting, weathervane painting. lightning conductor repairs

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This work was carried out in 2018 and involved lots of general maintenance work.

The first task was to do quite a lot of raking out, followed by hydraulic lime pointing. This was unusually difficult and time consuming due to the concave flutings that run all the way down the spire.

All of the timber louvre windows were prepared and painted.

The weathervane (finial) was prepared and painted with a high quality metallic based exterior paint (£70 per 1 litre at time of purchase).

The lightning conductor had been vandalised. The local idiots had tried, and failed, to tear it off the wall to sell it for scrap. We removed the damaged section and replaced it with 25mm x 3mm copper to match the existing (over time the new copper tape will oxidize and become green like the existing tape).

This is the damaged section.

The same area once repairs had been completed.