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Old 07-28-2012, 03:51 AM   #1
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Main beam in basement attached to the chimney in 2 sections. Same in the attic?


My main beam in the basement is in two sections. It's attached to the chimney. It's straight across, but not a continuous beam. If my explanation isn't doing it justice, I'll post a pic.

I would like to remove my chimney because I will be able to gain valuable closet space. I was planning to replace that main beam in the basement anyway with continuous steel beam with adjustable jacks.

Question is, is it likely my beam in the attic is also attached to the chimney? I have a very difficult time getting up into my attic. The attic access is very small and I don't fit through it very well. Is this type of beam attached to the chimney in 2 parts normal? House built in 1919:

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The roof system is built completely different from the floor system. For 1919, there may not even be a ridge at the top of the peak of the roof. You will have to rebuild that side of the house if the chimney is removed, floor,walls, siding, and the roof. I assume everything is built around the chimney so will have to be filled back in. Pics would be best..

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Are you aware of just how much work is involved to remove a chimmney?
Have you called in an engineer to size this beam and to look over your plans on doing all this?
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The roof system is built completely different from the floor system. For 1919, there may not even be a ridge at the top of the peak of the roof. You will have to rebuild that side of the house if the chimney is removed, floor,walls, siding, and the roof. I assume everything is built around the chimney so will have to be filled back in. Pics would be best..
The chimney isn't on the side of the house, it's more in the middle.
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The chimney isn't on the side of the house, it's more in the middle.

that is better then the exterior wall. always start at the top and work down for demo of the chimney. your first step is to get the chimney below roof height and repair the roof. after that you work down through the floors and repair each floor as you go until the chimney is below first floor level and down into basement/crawlspace level...
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