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  1. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    So I have been using my ~1930's chimney for some 10 years which has a clay liner. Last time I inspected it including with a probe it looked solid with little to no creosote. Current fire code applies extreme safety measures that warrants a steel pipe with vermiculite. I protest the work and...
  2. New Member Introductions
    Hi, I’m new to this forum. I live in central Wisconsin and bought a house that was built in 1983 that has an existing masonry cement block chimney with a clay liner. The chimney has cellulose insulation piled up against the chimney in the attic and from what I read, this is not safe. In the...
  3. Insulation
    Hello fellow DIYers! I'm not really sure how to move forward with this one. I pulled out some drywall from a room I knew to have water damage, but wasn't expecting to find my chimney exposed and tons of ruined insulation/house wrapping. The flue itself looks and feels solid, but the chimney...
  4. Roofing/Siding
    Hi all, We've been having a problem with what I presume is a leak for some time in one of the upstairs bedrooms, where the ceiling and wall meet. We have a damp meter and it's reading 20-30 in the damp patches. It's around where there's a chimney, so roofers have been out and stripped about 1m...
  5. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    Hi everyone! I have a predicament with my chimney. It has two larger holes in two of the sides about midway up (see attached picture). Now I know I should do something about it but heres the catch. I plan on removing the chimney next year so I want to just basically get it through the winter...
  6. HVAC
    I am trying to use an existing class A chimney with a new wood stove. Previous owners or workers seem to have cut off an adapter, and what's left of it is stuck within a ceiling finishing support. Looking for some good ideas on how you'd swap it out (safely?) with a working set up to then...
  7. Roofing/Siding
    I could use some advice on how to direct water back around my chimney so that it does not run down the side of my house. I will replace the rotted fascia and patch the stucco but I’d like to focus this discussion how to properly flash and/or redirect the water flow at this gable end. This...
  8. Building & Construction
    Good morning. I have a chimney that was rebuilt from the roofline up in July 2020. A stainless steel cap was also installed and the flashing was replaced. The contractor was recommended to my boyfriend (who owns the house). It was a mistake hiring them. The job lasted about 3 weeks altogether...
  9. HVAC
    I realize this isn't a conventional HVAC question, but couldn't think of a better section to put it in. Our manufactured home has a small pseudo-attic space with four squat vents thru the roof and no access from the inside. Despite installation of reflective roof panels (as well as the...
  10. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    I'm wanting to remove a metal fireplace installed in front of the original fireplace in my living room. I'm wondering if I can just cut the chimney pipe at the ceiling and patch the hole in the ceiling without removing the entire chimney and patching the roof.
  11. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    I’ve got a chimney leak. But this one isn’t an easy one. I’ve had four different masons and chimney repair folks plus a roofer and no one can figure it out. I’ve had guys over here with a combined 90+ years of experience and all of them seem confounded. I’ve got water coming in the exterior of...
  12. HVAC
    I am in the process of installing a wood burning insert in my old fireplace. I have some questions/concerns about the liner. The current chimney is a brick chimney from the original build, but we recently did a remodel which lead to the chimney terminating in the new attic and being extended...
  13. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    Hey All! I'm in an 1840 structure, small, with two chimneys - one is functional, and needs a little work, the other is completely non-functional (it's sealed with cement, pics below) and dead-ends above a dirt crawl space. I know nothing about this stuff - but to me it looks like it's beyond...
  14. Roofing/Siding
    Hi, My wife and I purchased a home a few months ago. The roof is relatively new--only 7-8 years old. However, the flashing around our chimneys wasn't replaced when the roof was replaced. We have a leak in the attic around one of our chimneys, and the roofer said he believes it's the flashing...
  15. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    I have a reasonable quote from a certified firm. Reviews are good. Licensing and BBB all checks out. The chimney is sandstone brick. They would be doing a rebuild from the roofline up. There is a chance I might not be available to watch them work. Is this okay? My schedule is totally...
  16. Building & Construction
    Wasn't sure where to post this. We just bought our first home in WA out on the Olympic Peninsula and it had, apparently at one time, a wood stove. The piping was all gone, except for what was at the ceiling (15' vaulted). We purchased a brand new wood cook stove (wood burning upper, food cooking...
  17. Drywall & Plaster
    I have an older house and have a brick and mortar chimney that has its backside exposed in the garage, I would like to put a workbench along the wall where this exposed chimney is. The chimney is used with a wood burning fireplace that I use frequently, the backside of the chimney gets very...
  18. Drywall & Plaster
    We're looking to add cabinets to our kitchen wall. I removed the wall paper and discovered a flue cover with stove pipe going into a chimney. The walls are plaster. I would like to cover this hole permanently. How do I go about doing this properly and not causing fire hazards. I believe the...
  19. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    Hi, have a fireplace in living room. House built in 70's. Had fire last weekend and could smell smoke downstairs in basement (near furnace/ chimney below where fireplace is on top floor). Checked the upstairs fireplace hearth and could see cracks in mortar between bricks. Some going to back of...
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