I just had to tuckpoint the bottom four rows.
I should have taken a before picture but I don't want to remember what it looked like. There are a few other spots that can wait until next year. This was the worst and it needed to be done before winter. Now I need to do the same thing to the inside brick walls of the basement. Not the entire basement, just one wall needs to be looked at and mortar applied where needed.
Bottom line, it was easy but time consuming. Why was I afraid? I didn't want to know how bad it was below the surface. That was pretty silly but sometimes we want to hide our heads in the sand and not face things.
It took about 2 hours to dig down around that small portion of the foundation, clean out the old mortar and make sure it was dust free and dry. Then it took a while to mix the mortar and apply it. This was messy, but it was the fun part too.
So, I learned a lesson. Don't put off those projects that seem intimidating. You can do it and best of all when you step back and see a job well done, you know that you can push on and do other projects too.
Today I finish scraping the fence and then tomorrow I finally get to do the fun part, paint it. Hopefully I can keep the dog away from the fence otherwise we will have a black lab with yellow stripes.