Rob R. wrote:Smitty, all things considered that chimney looks pretty good.
I had a feeling someone would say that.
That's the section I rebuilt in '03, from the roof line up. The rest of it looks good because 1/8" of brick sheared off with the flyash.
Who knows when the previous owners last cleaned it. Sometime in the 90's I'm guessing.
This is what I have .....
Yeah I can see the difference. The metal on the older ones is at least 3x thicker. Crazy how things have changed in just 3 decades.
My ol' man had a Craftsman one he bought brand new ... and I was working on it 3 months later. The shifting mechanism sheared off inside the case, which required a COMPLETE teardown of the unit. Every single part had to come off, because sandwiched in between the frame, was the gearcase where that rod resided.
They put 2 wimpy spot welds on it - no wonder it broke. I welded the *censored* out of it, so I won't be doing that again!