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Old 04-15-2011, 08:41 AM   #1
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I have recently purchased and old house (approx. 120 yrs). After having the initial inspection from the engineer, he had recommended having the chimney repaired (tuck pointed) in the basement along with the exposed part above the roof line (it currently vents the boiler, not used for a secondary heat source). The way the house was built; it uses the chimney as a central support that runs through the center of the house so it is in fact load bearing. Please take a look at the pictures posted and let me know major courses or action need to be taken or if this is something that can be done on a weekend basis over the course of a few weeks. Thanks for any advice in advance. (Below are shots taken from the attic, basement and roof line)
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Old 04-15-2011, 09:30 AM   #2
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Hi!
I've done tuck-pointing and masonry repairs (some).
Get a professional (2 or 3 quotes).

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brick is not a structural load bearing material, only a veneer. If it is holding up part of your house i would have someone look at that
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brick is not a structural load bearing material, only a veneer. If it is holding up part of your house i would have someone look at that
Can you elaborate? Do you mean you believe it is not structural in his situation?
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1) The only thing that chimney is (or at least ought to be) supporting is itself.

2) The roof flashing to the chimney needs to be entirely reworked.

3) The masonry itself is in a world of hurt, and requires a lot of attention from a competent mason.

By the time you have paid for all that, you might as well scalp the chimney down below roof level, install a side vent high-efficiency boiler, and be done with that chimney forever.
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Yes, my chimney was similar to this one, very beat up. I just bought the house, but I remember watching them 10 yrs ago re-roof the place. One day chimney, next day no chimney. It terminates on the 3rd floor, I just boxed it in to finish the room. They installed a power vented water heater and boiler then, still working like new today.
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1) The only thing that chimney is (or at least ought to be) supporting is itself.

I guess you didn't notice the floor joist/beam resting on the chimney? Not really uncommon for a house that old.

2) The roof flashing to the chimney needs to be entirely reworked.

Agreed

3) The masonry itself is in a world of hurt, and requires a lot of attention from a competent mason.

By the time you have paid for all that, you might as well scalp the chimney down below roof level, install a side vent high-efficiency boiler, and be done with that chimney forever.
I honestly don't think the chimney is anything to worry about, it may not be pretty, but it definately seems sound & stable. That being said, I would terminate the boiler exhaust as well, as it will only deteriorate the chimney much faster.
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Thanks for all the replies.

Its interesting to hear different view points.. I have called a few local chimney repair places and one place was strongly recommending to completely remove the chimney from roof to basement and find a way to re support the loads of the house along with installing a vent less boiler.. I agree with the boiler but for removing the "backbone" of a 120 yr old house doesn't sit quite well with me. I would be more in favor of shoring up the load around the chimney from the top to the basement to assist with the weight load. What do you think?
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[quote=jomama45;]I guess you didn'tnotice the floor beam/joist resting on the chimney?Not really uncommon for a house that old.
I thought that was outlawed in the new Building Regs after the Great Fire of London Joe
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I guess you didn'tnotice the floor beam/joist resting on the chimney?Not really uncommon for a house that old.
I thought that was outlawed in the new Building Regs after the Great Fire of London Joe

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