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  1. HVAC
    Hi all, some expert help for this young and naive DIY-er is much appreciated: 1) my roof is leaking into finished attic around the cinder block chimney 2) the source of the leak *seems* to be from either/or bad flashing when roof was replaced in 2008 or deteriorating bricks/mortar above...
  2. Roofing/Siding
    Hi! I have been experiencing a damp chimney inside my house. The chimney runs through the center (it's a duplex) up through the pantry in the kitchen. I have had the chimney flashing redone (just about a week ago). Unfortunately, it is still damp and I can't do any repairs yet. So here...
  3. General DIY Discussions
    This is a shot of the front of the house... and here is the layout... (Please let me know if some other info/images would be helpful) The mudroom is very clearly an addition, the kitchen really seems like an addition. Does this make sense? DH insists the bathroom wasn't always there...
  4. Plumbing
    I read in Don Geary's article on extremehowto.com that Rinnai indoor gas heaters cannot be exhaust vented into another appliance's exhaust pipes since the Rinnai has a forced air exhaust, and presumably it would backflow fumes out of the other appliance (furnace, etc..). I am looking to...
  5. HVAC
    Mr Landlord site said I'd get help here. My residence, Bethesda, MD, built 1951-Capecod style house. Reason I had a chimeny guy come to give me an evaluation/estimate yesterday--I have drywall on the top floor just under the chimney that is getting wet-slowly. I had the flashing redone in...
  6. HVAC
    Hello, I'm planning to buy a wood burning fireplace insert and I've visited several vendors in my area. The topic of chimney liner type was raised by one of the salesman I talked to. He was adamant that his company only installed flexible liners as a last resort (i.e. if the chimney design...
  7. Roofing/Siding
    I had my roof redone last year and after being up on my roof I don't think the flashing was done correctly around the chimney. The quote was for lead flashing which i don't think i got and it doesnt look like the flashing on other houses in the neighborhood I'm no expert and not sure if this...
  8. Roofing/Siding
    Even on a mildly windy day, the new metal chimney surround makes a banging sound. The wind pushes the side in-and-out, which causes a sound like a drum. Is there any type of brace or support that the contractor can install to prevent the sides from being indented and springing back into place...
  9. Building & Construction
    Hello, new homeowner here. We have a sealed-off brick chimney in our home. A wall was built around it, and the only parts you can now see are the top of the chimney sticking out of the roof and the very bottom of the chimney in the basement, where the ash pit door is. The chimney is...
  10. Roofing/Siding
    Hi there - I just moved into a new home that is 26 years old. The house has a chimney/firepace. In the fireplace is a Vermont Casting Gas Stove. Since we have moved in, when we have a significant amount of rain, water is accumulating on top of the gas stove. I called a chimney/stove...
  11. Building & Construction
    The chimney on the home we just bought, like the rest of the property, has not been maintained. The bricks appear to be in good shape, but the mortar between them has turned to sand. It can be removed with bare fingers without too much effort. I have been reading a little about repointing and...
  12. Building & Construction
    I hope someone can help me! Moved into an old 1830s house with oil fired heating. Worked fine but now notice in the roof space and bedroom below there is a sticky tar residue on the walls. The boiler is in the washroom downstairs and these marks are where the chimney walls house the liner for...
  13. Building & Construction
    I have a brick fireplace in the basement. there is moisture problem at the base of the brick. My chimney is falling apart the bricks are completely falling apart. What is more likely? the chimney leaking water all the way to the basement floor or a foundation leak behind the fireplace?
  14. Remodeling
    My wife and I bought our first house (1965) in March and have been putting together our list of projects we want to do. I have already put in torn out the carpet (hardwood underneath) two new toilets and re-sided the house among other small projects. the chimney is in the center of the living...
  15. Roofing/Siding
    I have a garage with a triple wall threw the roof ,and it leaks.Is the rain flashing supposed to be caulked around the pipe?
  16. Building & Construction
    Hey people this is my first post and would really appreciate your expert help, here goes. I've recently purchased a property and need help on the price of building work to be carried out. Back door approx 2mx800mm to be taken out and bricked up, window approx 500mmx400mm to be taken out and...
  17. Building & Construction
    Hello I have a metal building that I would like to install a wood burning fireplace in. The metal roof panels are from Mueller and they are the R profile. They can be seen: http://www.muellerinc.com/building/rpanel.php I have the underside, which would be the ceiling covered with Mueller's U...
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