No this is not about dieting. I myself have been on a see food diet for ever, I see food I eat it.
The bulging I found in this case was in a chimney not my waist. The chimney was in an old multi family home. This ancient chimney has been used for about 100 years so a little bulging should not be that surprising.
Whether expect or not there is nothing good about bulging near the base of a chimney. The swelling is indicating that the chimney structure is failing.
The mortar joints were soft and powdery and could be scraped away easily with a screw driver. This is due to age and moisture.
If you look at the joints you will see larger gaps at the sides of the bricks from the middle up as compared to the very bottom. When looking at the chimney there was a perceptible amount of protuberance.
Some of this structural failing was probably in part caused by all the flue openings cut into the chimney over the years. I counted 7 holes on the four sides of this chimney. Not all were in use.
What was funny is the very top of the chimney at the roof looked to have been recently rebuilt. I have found beautiful new chimney tops many times on older homes only to find the rest of the chimney in poor condition.
Brick chimneys are often very problematic as they age. There is really no need for them any longer as a means of venting heating systems and water heaters. They simply become a crumbling and bulging liability.
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