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Old 08-30-2011, 10:02 AM   #1
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My Chimney which wasn't built at the same time as my house - or doesn't appear to be is separating from my house. I don't use the chimney at all(basement) but was considering putting gas logs in it at some point.

What can I do about the chimney? I thought about having it removed and cap it with cement and put a propane tank on top of the cement but I don't know what something like that would cost and I am on a tight budget at the moment.

Right now its a safety concern for my kids playing in the yard.
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It could be strapped to the house. You'd open the wall inside the house on either side of the chimney and install blocking in 2-3 locations(on a 1 story house) up the wall. The iron strapping would wrap the chimney and angle flat on the house brick wall. There would be holes to install carraige through the strapping , the brick wall and the blocking. Install the strapping and slowly tighten the bolts from the bottom up. It will draw the chimney close to the house as you tighten the bolts from bottom to top.
When the bolts are tight, re sheetrock the walls.
The blocking will be inset on the studs so the sheetrock lays flat.

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It could be strapped to the house. You'd open the wall inside the house on either side of the chimney and install blocking in 2-3 locations(on a 1 story house) up the wall. The iron strapping would wrap the chimney and angle flat on the house brick wall. There would be holes to install carraige through the strapping , the brick wall and the blocking. Install the strapping and slowly tighten the bolts from the bottom up. It will draw the chimney close to the house as you tighten the bolts from bottom to top.
When the bolts are tight, re sheetrock the walls.
The blocking will be inset on the studs so the sheetrock lays flat.
How can you pull it in without addressing the footing? I'd think something’s going to give (break).
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The only real way to fix that, is to tear it down and start over again. That is a death trap waiting to fall. Let's hope a straight line wind does not come along.
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Have you checked the chimney for plumb? It could be your house that's pulling away.
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How can you pull it in without addressing the footing? I'd think something’s going to give (break).
This repair would be for an improper fastening of the masonry to the house up the face of the structure.
If the footing is the issue, this will only keep the chimney from falling over.
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I agree with last post, looks like they didn't use wall ties when they built the chimney or the wall ties have failed, I would check the footing first and if the problem is not in the footing, then Ron's idea should work, short of rebuilding the chimney. Good Luck!

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