Chimney Confusion (Long)
Sounds like neither quoted what you asked for. If all that's required is repointing, they should have quoted repointing. I'd install the hood cap as well, however.
The second guy wants to do 4 times as much work so he's 4 times as expensive.
We get this all the time when building a house. I brought in a basement guy to quote a full inground basement only. He tried to sell the owner 6 egress windows, an inground sunken backyard with wood beam retaining walls a safe room and a screened in sitting room under the covered porches above. I had to get someone else to do the work.
If you like the brick natural like it is now, repointing should be all that's necessary. If you want to go above and beyond, your second quote is along those lines I think.
Also, if the drafts are coming from an improperly sealing damper, your mason should be able to install an off the shelf damper that you can install on the the top of the chimney. They have a chain that hangs down to the fireplace area that you can then pull to open or close the damper.
Last edited by KHouse75; 08-23-2008 at 04:19 PM.