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Old 05-13-2019, 03:02 PM   #1
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Need Chimney Demolished nd Rebuilt or Not??


How to know if a chimney needs to be demolished and rebuilt or just repaired???
I noticed that one of my chimneys was a little tilted and so I contacted a company. They came by when I wasn't home and left an estimate for both chimneys stating that both need to be demolished and rebuilt to the tune of close to $20,000!
What do I know and how can one ever tell?
I know this question is vague but, after getting ripped off many times for other house repairs, I'm just a little skeptic that both chimneys really need to be demolished and rebuilt.
So any help will help
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Post picture of them and the problems you are seeing, there are people here that know this stuff.
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Old 05-14-2019, 06:35 AM   #3
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Also how do you use the chimney? How tall is the house?



Wood burning fire place? Gas burning? Or only to vent boiler/furnace, water heater? If the chimney is tilting, how much?


Replacing the whole chimney, why? Is it on the side of the house, or does it go through the house?


No doubt that estimate is for complete replacement, starting at the footing (is it tilting at the footing?), and best masons will not be cheap (insurance, liability, running the office), including setting up the work site for demolition and rebuild.




For bit of perspective.
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[QUOTE=Nealtw;5832319]Post picture of them and the problems you are seeing, there are people here that know this stuff.[/QUOTE

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Ayuh,..... Are both chimneys in use, or obsolete,..??
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.....and how can one ever tell?

Is that am optical illusion, or are both chimneys leaning ? (actually, one looks bent like a banana)


I am no mason, but don't think you can "adjust" that.
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Especially the one on the side of the house which is significantly leaning definitely needs to have at least the part above the roof line replaced. The other windows look so bad but certainly hard to tell from the distance the photos are taken from. What do they look like below the roof line? Quite possibly do anything you need to do is have him rebuilt from the roof up which shouldn't be terribly expensive.

Some close-up pictures would certainly give us more to work from.
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Especially the one on the side of the house which is significantly leaning definitely needs to have at least the part above the roof line replaced. The other windows look so bad but certainly hard to tell from the distance the photos are taken from. What do they look like below the roof line? Quite possibly do anything you need to do is have him rebuilt from the roof up which shouldn't be terribly expensive.

Some close-up pictures would certainly give us more to work from.

Could they not be replaced with a 0 clearance steel and just wrapped with wood a bunch cheaper.
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Really need to have these inspected close up. Can't tell from pictures if the mortar is solid on them. I had a chimney that looked fine from the ground but when you got on the roof you could rock it back and forth about 1/4". I ended up rebuilding the part above the roof line.
I assume these have always been "bent" like this? Meaning they were constructed by someone who was afraid of using a level and straight edge?
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Could they not be replaced with a 0 clearance steel and just wrapped with wood a bunch cheaper.
If the structure below the roofline is solid, it would be cheaper to rebuild just the part above.
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Ayuh,..... Are both chimneys in use, or obsolete,..??
Never use the fireplace chimney but could. But... will never use it.

The other-furnace chimney. I assume it's in use.

PS - Sorry...am a single, older female who doesn't know too much about these things.
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Get a couple of more estimates.
I have a chimney like the one on the end of your house. Mine tilted away from the house and not toward it as yours does. The mason I used said that tilting over time is not uncommon if the chimney isn't tied into the house with metal straps as it is built. My chimney tilt was corrected by tearing down the top 4 feet and rebuilding (added ties this time).....cost me $3000 about 10 years ago. As other have said the pictures don't show the condition of the mortar joints and bricks.
Again, get more estimates.
$20K might be reasonable for a complete rebuild.....but the question is whether or not that amount of work is necessary.
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Never use the fireplace chimney but could. But... will never use it.

The other-furnace chimney. I assume it's in use.

PS - Sorry...am a single, older female who doesn't know too much about these things.
This is what you hope for to have a chimney removed.



The furnace chimney can be replaced with pipe like this instead of a new chimney




New furnaces vent out the side wall with plastic pipe.



Same with the fireplace, if it has to come down, then I would look at a system that uses a similar metal pipe and have a wood box built around it.

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