New Chimney?

Re: New Chimney?

PostBy: gaw On: Fri Jul 04, 2008 8:18 am

A friend of mine has a clay chimney cap. I don't know where he got it but something like that should last many years. Maybe they are available in your area? I agree with the mason who would have removed the shingles and put the chimney next to the sheeting and then trimmed around it. Your chimney looks fine from the pictures so I would not wast time and money to un-ring that bell. The clean out doors are easy to come by and easy to replace. If a mason will not replace the thimble for you, you could probably do that yourself. I had some chimney work done a few years ago and the mason told me that fixing chimneys is not what they enjoy doing so prices tend to bee a little high and they don't care if you don't have them do the work. With the slow down in building recently masons may be more willing to take on these little "*censored*" jobs.
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Re: New Chimney?

PostBy: CapeCoaler On: Fri Jul 04, 2008 12:03 pm

Google 'chimney pots'
Superior Clay link to pots http://www.claychimneypots.com/
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Re: New Chimney?

PostBy: Devil505 On: Mon Jul 07, 2008 7:53 pm

Had two more masons here today & both would replace the thimble for me in the existing chimney. (neither said they'd have to tear down the chimney to do it) One thing that concerned me though: When we uncovered the old clean out door that I had covered with cinder block,(now just a rectangular hole in the bottom block) it appears that most one portion of the bottom block was cut out for the clean out door. The only thing that appeared left of it was the sides & the side against the house......In other words just 3/4 of the block left. Doesn't that support the weight of the whole chimney above it? Will what's left of that bottom block be strong enough to support all that weight? (of course, it has for the last 26 years!)
So far the only price I've gotten was from the last guy who quoted $500.00 to replace the thimble (with a masonry one) & the clean out door, & add some strapping to secure the top of the chimney to the house better. To replace my cheap , homemade "hearth" (just brick paneling) with the same thing in real brick would be $1500.00.
(pic of the setup below)
What do you think about those prices?
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Re: New Chimney?

PostBy: Devil505 On: Mon Jul 07, 2008 8:50 pm

Then again, how difficult is it to build a nice straight brick wall? How hard would it be for a fairly handy novice to bricklaying to build the surround in the above pic?
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Re: New Chimney?

PostBy: coaledsweat On: Mon Jul 07, 2008 10:03 pm

Devil5052 wrote:it appears that most one portion of the bottom block was cut out for the clean out door. The only thing that appeared left of it was the sides & the side against the house......In other words just 3/4 of the block left. Doesn't that support the weight of the whole chimney above it? Will what's left of that bottom block be strong enough to support all that weight? (of course, it has for the last 26 years!)


Are there any cracks in the block or mortar in the area of the door? Is there any white powder leaching from either, any sign of crumbling?

If not, check back in another 26 years. :)
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Re: New Chimney?

PostBy: billw On: Tue Jul 08, 2008 8:55 am

Then again, how difficult is it to build a nice straight brick wall? How hard would it be for a fairly handy novice to bricklaying to build the surround in the above pic?


Hell, I'd try it. What's the worst that could happen, it's not straight and you have to tear it down and start over? Did that once. I didn't mind the extra work but the nut busting was got old fast. If you screw it up you can always blame GWB :)
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Re: New Chimney?

PostBy: LsFarm On: Tue Jul 08, 2008 11:00 am

Hi Richard,, all chimneys have cleanout doors knocked into the bottom block,, like coaledsweat said,, unless you see indications of movement,, it's fine..

As for laying up your own brick facade,, I say go for it.. it will be good therapy, to keep you from grinding your teeth so much about GWB. :D :lol:

Brick laying is a bit of an art,, but you will learn fast..

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Re: New Chimney?

PostBy: gambler On: Tue Jul 08, 2008 12:54 pm

Devil5052 wrote:Then again, how difficult is it to build a nice straight brick wall?


When you have had a few beverages it will look straight no matter how crooked it is. :lol:
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