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strategery 06-05-2012 12:40 PM

I want to remove an old, unused chimney
 
It's a red brick chimney close to the center of the house. I have a high efficiency furnace directly vented to the outside with PVC pipe. I have an electric water heater.

I would have some drywall work to do for the ceiling and wall as well as something to fill the void in the floor until I replace the floor.

Is this just a straight-forward deal where I go up in the attic myself and start knocking bricks out one by one with a chisel and hammer? Is there anything I should try to do to prevent soot from getting everywhere?

Fix'n it 06-05-2012 07:31 PM

what pitch is the roof ? pics ?

oh'mike 06-05-2012 08:13 PM

You need to start on the roof--=and just like you mentioned---chisel and hammer--

Patch roof--then the attic---

on down to the basement---
Sell or give away the brick--Craigs list would be a good choice--

The toting bricks out of the house is the hard part--

strategery 06-05-2012 11:59 PM

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Originally Posted by oh'mike (Post 937220)
You need to start on the roof--=and just like you mentioned---chisel and hammer--

Patch roof--then the attic---

on down to the basement---
Sell or give away the brick--Craigs list would be a good choice--

The toting bricks out of the house is the hard part--

I am going to have my roof replaced soon. I think this is the ideal opportunity.

Is it likely that the chimney provides structural support? It's an old house.

oh'mike 06-06-2012 05:13 AM

How old?

If you find floor joists let into pockets in the brick--then it is suppurating the structure--

That seldom was done after 1880--

strategery 06-06-2012 05:54 AM

1919. The only thing I notice is that the main floor beam in the basement is fastened to it. I was planning to replace that beam with a new seamless steel beam.

oh'mike 06-06-2012 06:30 AM

Do post pictures of you can--I would at least remove the section sticking out of the roof--and the part in the attic--

If a chimney is deteriorating and not needed--remove the offending thing and roof over the opening.

strategery 06-06-2012 12:55 PM

It actually doesn't stick out of the roof. In order to get a picture of it, I have to go up in the attic.

I think I should take a picture of it from the basement. I will update this post later when I can get some pictures.

strategery 04-04-2013 01:22 AM

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Just wanted to provide an update. I was able to completely remove the chimney!

strategery 04-04-2013 01:28 AM

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Just a bunch of the photos I took from all of the stages of the process. It went through the master bedroom closet which I intend to redo. Going to put up new drywall, cut out the floor and put in new floor and trim and new closet hardware.

It's a lot of work, but I think it will be worth it. Some of the work I have to hire out. I'm able to do all of the demo myself.

oh'mike 04-04-2013 05:29 AM

Thanks for the update------you did a good thing----Mike----

Canarywood1 04-04-2013 10:44 AM

That liner didn't look to be that old.

strategery 04-04-2013 12:41 PM

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Originally Posted by Canarywood1
That liner didn't look to be that old.

I think it exhausted the last furnace's or water Heater's combustion air. I think the old furnace was about 15 years old and the water heater was about the same.

Before the last reroof, they demolished the chimney below the roof which made my job a lot easier.

Fix'n it 04-04-2013 08:24 PM

i have the same type of chimney that needs to come down, mine goes through the roof.

strategery 04-07-2013 11:31 PM

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Originally Posted by Fix'n it
i have the same type of chimney that needs to come down, mine goes through the roof.

How many stories is your house? When do you think your next re-roofing will be?

I was really pleased with how my project turned out. I was worried that it was going to be messier than it was. Granted it did get pretty dirty on the basement level, but for the most part I kept it contained. I'm so happy to have reclaimed this closet space. My house will be more energy efficient now too after I get this all patched up.


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