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Old 05-28-2012, 10:57 AM   #1
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Chimney/fireplace removal

As part of a major remodel I am removing a chimney and fireplace. The chimney extends about 4' above the roof and the three sided fireplace takes up about 20 sf. I am able to slide the rubble off the roof and use it for fill. I have electricity and a 25 gallon, 3.5 hp compressor. Other than starting at the top, any suggestions to make the job easier/quicker? Hammer and brick chisel? Air vs. elec demo hammers?


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Old 05-28-2012, 11:23 AM   #2
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Rick, I consider myself a relative newbie DIY'er, and I gotta tell ya, I don't have any answers, but I do have questions.
Gas? Electric? Wood burning?
How is it tied into your structure?
What is it built of?

Pics would be helpful.

Not everything can be answered online.
This may be a situation that requires and expert on-site.


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Old 05-28-2012, 11:30 AM   #3
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One of the last jobs i would ever want to get stuck doing.
Electric or air powered would both work.
How do you plan on getting it out of the attic area and outside?
Your going to be stuck with roof, floor and ceiling reframing and repair.

It's going to be one long dirty dusty job.
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Old 05-28-2012, 06:02 PM   #4
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How big is the flues(s)????

I've done a few of these int eh past, and the most efficient way is to simply make the material small enough to fit down the flue, and clean it out at a lower floor where it's easier to handle. In your case, you may need to bust a large hole out on one side of the fireplace just above the damper so that you can remove it. If you're doing a large remodel anyways, it may not be a big deal to have all that material/dust/etc... coming down into the firebox.

Just a word of caution: Make sure you have good communication if working with a helper. You don't want to be sending material down the flue while someone has their hands in there removing the material. Same caution is required if you decide to send it to the ground over the roof edge.......
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