That sends the
frozen-ground-swell under it,
And spills the upper boulders in the sun,
And makes gaps even two can pass abreast.
The work of hunters is another
I have come after them and made repair
Where they have left not
one stone on a stone,
But they would have the rabbit out of hiding,
please the yelping dogs. The gaps I mean,
No one has seen them made or heard
But at spring mending-time we find them there.
I let my
neighbor know beyond the hill;
And on a day we meet to walk the line
set the wall between us once again.
We keep the wall between us as we go.
To each the boulders that have fallen to each.
And some are loaves and
some so nearly balls
We have to use a spell to make them balance:
where you are until our backs are turned!'
We wear our fingers rough with
Oh, just another kind of out-door game,
One on a side. It
comes to little more:
There where it is we do not need the wall:
all pine and I am apple orchard.
My apple trees will never get across
And eat the cones under his pines, I tell him.
He only says, 'Good
fences make good neighbors'.
Spring is the mischief in me, and I wonder
If I could put a notion in his head:
'Why do they make good neighbors?
Where there are cows?
But here there are no cows.
built a wall I'd ask to know
What I was walling in or walling out,
to whom I was like to give offence.
Something there is that doesn't love a
That wants it down.' I could say 'Elves' to him,
But it's not
elves exactly, and I'd rather
He said it for himself. I see him there
Bringing a stone grasped firmly by the top
In each hand, like an
old-stone savage armed.
He moves in darkness as it seems to me~
woods only and the shade of trees.
He will not go behind his father's
And he likes having thought of it so well
He says again, "Good
fences make good neighbors."
Robert Frost's Mending Wall
wasn't about brick masonry walls (or stone walls either, really - but this isn't an American Literature course.) These images were taken last week at the Unitarian-Universalist Church in Fitchburg, Massachusetts. A beautiful, 1837 Greek Revival structure, much of the original fabric has survived 175 years. The pictures above show the damage that can be created by repointing with an inappropriate cement mortar. The brick has a relatively low compressive strength and was laid in a lime putty mortar. The new portland cement-based mortar has a high compressive strength. When the moisture in the face of the brick feezes and expands the mortar joint does not fail--the brick does. The face spalls and pops off.
CONTACT us today to discuss your preservation consulting and contracting needs