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Old 03-17-2008, 04:53 PM   #1
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My 1805 farmhouse has four chimneys. The eight fireplaces haven't been used in years, partially because of the 20 years of birds nests blocking up the flues. I would like to discourage the starlings and swallows from moving into the chimneys this spring. So I bought some 1/2 inch hardware cloth and rented a 40 foot extension ladder and had big plans for covering the otherwise uncapped chimneys today.

My only problem - the ladder wasn't tall enough. The roof is steeply pitched enough that I don't feel comfortable scrambling up it, and even if I did, I would still need a ladder to get to the tops of the chimneys.

How do pros do it? How am I going to get this done?
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The pro's use a self-propelled Ariel Lift.
http://www.ur.com/index.php/equipmen...y=Aerial+Lifts
Oh, btw make sure that the wire you are using is Fire-Rated. Otherwise, contact a Chimney Sweep to take care of it. Plus side is, they can inspect the whole unit for you.

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I'm thinking you call a pro. The pitch isn't that steep. The 40' ladder gets him on the roof. You climb up above the chimney and insert the wire into the openings, reaching through the chimney to get them into the opposite sides if needed. Or wrap the cloth around the whole chimney and wire it together on the top side.
All the flues should be cleaned before you cover them
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my new neighbors have a line on a cheap chimney sweep. I think I might give them a call.
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Cheap is not always better. Shop around and find one that is reputable, not cheap.
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FYI - my husband wanted to buy me a 40 ft ladder. I insisted on renting first because I thought I would be afraid of going up it.

I wasn't (he was BTW).

However, a 40 ft aluminum extension ladder was too heavy for me (a woman who considers herself relatively strong). I returned it to the rental place by myself today.

It has been 0 days since our last workplace accident. Oh! my aching back.
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FYI - my husband wanted to buy me a 40 ft ladder. I insisted on renting first because I thought I would be afraid of going up it.
You should have used the same line on him about the dueling garbage disposers.

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