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Old 02-04-2008, 06:09 PM   #46
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Keep in mind many codes require a cricket in back of all chiminys 30" or larger. The lead flashing work is terrible as is the brick work. Many chiminies in coastal areas also will have pan flashing "thru wall flashing" that is a continuous piece of metal turned up around the flue with weep holes. also water struck brick is a good idea in these envirments. of cours it has to be installed by a roofer"metal man" and brickies dont always like to wait for quality, in fact many are hacks, espeacially the chimny sweep types.

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Old 02-06-2008, 10:07 PM   #47
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OLDFART-I don`t see why you want to jump on me when ed and tinner both say it should all be replaced as well,
Didn't mean for it to sound like I was "jumping on Ya" ,TRG.

I just expressed my opinion on the flashing situation,and why I would leave what looks to be good counter flashing on the sides and bottom of that chimney.
You still didn't give a valid reason to remove all the counter flashing other than ed and tinner said to.

I would like the HO to think I'm looking after their best interest in:

#1 the final costs of the fix;
You can't say that after buying some new flashing,adding the time needed to remove the old flashing,cut the curf for new flashing,bend the new flashing ,install the new flashing,seal the curf between flashing and chimney,isn't going to add up to a few hundred $'s.


#2 effectiveness of the repair/replacement
I find that when a mason sets the counter flashing in the mortar joints it's a lot stronger than any cut/caulk method.


The OP was looking for opinions,
You gave yours,I gave mine,Ed and Tinner gave theirs.
They aren't suppose to be the same. Everyone is just pointing out their own observations,which is sometimes hard gather from photo's.

Once the OP gets a local opinion,he'll have some feedback to work from and can weigh in all the opinions to make his final decision.
I was just giving another option for the OP to consider.
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the warranty on the work is a consideration,I always bring enough to do the right job completely,and if the customer refused to do it all the set up time would cost a few hundred dollars regardless,the reason to do it is it looks like crap and obviously was poorly done,once you touch a mess like that you are obligated to the whole mess,so yes it still should have been done completely over,the sides are done like crap,and the wood pictures from underneath showed the sheathing is soaked at the side of the chimney,ego has nothing to do with it,doing the right job so the homeowner never has a problem again has everything to do with it
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Old 02-07-2008, 05:13 AM   #49
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Hello All
Thank you all for the advise, well taken. Since I installed the sealer on the chimney, we have had 3 rains one was a good soaking and we must of got 2 or 3 inches of heavy rain over the coarse of about 6-8 hours the other two we got some but nothing I felt would test it out. I also went up into the attic prior to the rains and removed about 80% of the caulking on the chimney and would sections so that the "air flow" could be restored (some of it I could not get to) with that said I have had no leaks yet. I am hoping that this solves the problem and nothing needs to be done immediately, in the spring I am going to have a roofer look at both sides of the chimney to replace from the roof line down with a cricket installed in the back and the back side of the chimney counter flashing brought up higher. I will have him replace the wood next to the chimney that had old damage so that it will be easier to detect new leaks and that will remove all the caulk from the attic as well at that time. I didn't think the brick work itself looked bad, but thought that the cement section (white) on top should have been done better. But the only time I look at a chimney is from the road driving by, and they all look the same to me. I did notice that our chimney looks like 85% of the ones around so I don't know if this is a common practice for the area or what, and it looks 100% better of what was taken down so I thought we where going forward. When we get more rain I will let you know, thanks Keith
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Thats really promising news. Hopefully that takes care of the sense of urgency for the short term.

Would you mind sharing which Chimney Sealer product you used for others to know please? Was it a brushable of spray on version?

The chimney sealing products do require to be re-applied evry few years due to UV degradation, so pay attention to the exterior in a few years and re-coat it as necessary.

The one potential short-coming of encapsulating a masonry product, is the internal moisture in the flue chase normally can wick out through the masonry material and now by being encapsulated, it must only exhaust completely through the top of the chimney. In major freeze/thaw regions, this would lead to moisture trapped in the masonry which could be subject to freezing internally.

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The step flashing that rests above the roof shingles is not installed properly among other things as others have pointed out.

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thank you !exactly my point

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