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Old 11-20-2009, 03:12 PM   #1
 
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old chimney, many cracks


The mortar on my grandmother's chimney atop her house is cracking just about all over. As a result there is a leak into the house. The obvious fix is to replace it, but I don't have the money. Being an old furnace chimney that used to heat the house, it is no longer in use. Is it possible to just chuck some wire around it and concrete over it? Or cover it over another way? What should I do?
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Can you take it down below roof level and take the slates or tiles over it?
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Is this chimney still used at all? The cracks may go all the way through and this would create a fire hazard. This happens because 80% of the chimney caps are built wrong allowing water to continue to penetrate the brick and motar joints. You need to do some more inspection to get a better handle on the condition. Post some pictures it may help us guide you.
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Is it possible to just chuck some wire around it and concrete over it? Or cover it over another way? What should I do?
I'm not sure what you mean by this "chuck some wire around it" ?

You could possibly cover it with a tarp wrapped tight around it
If the mortar is failing then it might possibly fall over
Is this on an outside wall of the house, or does it go down thru the house ?

Any pics ?



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Ayuh,... I'm with Stuart,.... Knock it down below roof line, board over it,+ roof it....
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Can you take it down below roof level and take the slates or tiles over it?
That may be just the thing. Thank you
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