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Taking down a brick chimney
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Mike    Posted 10-17-2003 at 09:51:52       [Reply]  [Send Email]
My house is about 100 years old. Last March, a ten foot section of my chimney liner collapsed starting about 10 feet down from the top.

Instead of redoing the chimney, I upgraded my furnace from fuel oil to LP and no longer need the chimney.

Question--how do I take the old thing down? I think I need to do that before the wind makes it collapse through my roof.

I assume that it is anchored to the side of the house somehow, but can't really see anything since it is so close.

Any ideas from anyone?


deadcarp    Posted 10-17-2003 at 18:39:21       [Reply]  [No Email]
get yourself a pair of welding gloves, a masonry chisel and setup a metal-lined wood chute across the roof to above your trailer. you probly won't need the chisel much - most masonry loosens when it's wiggled by hand.


sven    Posted 10-17-2003 at 13:45:58       [Reply]  [No Email]
The only safe way is to take it down one brick at a time, from the top. As you work your way down, you will be able to see how it is attached to the house. Chimney brick is usually a soft brick, and not worth much on the secondary market, but someone might want it, and it makes a wonderful driveway filler.


Vic in Kenefick    Posted 10-17-2003 at 10:26:17       [Reply]  [No Email]
May I suggest that you contact your local area Bricklayers Union Hall. Ask the BA if there are any retired bricklayers in the area that may be willing to come by and give you some suggestions. You may want to take it down one brick at a time as some used brick can resale for up to and over $8 each and some you may have to pay to get rid of. Not to mention the union hall may still have the old geezer that built it still hanging around.....LOL


bill    Posted 10-17-2003 at 11:00:18       [Reply]  [No Email]
I doubt if anybody in the country could afford to have a union bricklayer put up a chimney.


Vic in Kenefick    Posted 10-17-2003 at 13:00:32       [Reply]  [No Email]
Bill that is also why I suggested Retired Bricklayers. Down in this area we have some retired guys that love to do small jobs and are still in good health. They normaly are getting SS and pensions so they do not have to charge as much as say a nonunion contractor would. Also they seem to love to have something to do, sorta gives them some feeling of worth. Also gives them something to talk about with each other at the meetings as it is gotten to the point that retired guys are the only to show up.


Maggie/TX    Posted 10-17-2003 at 12:20:57       [Reply]  [No Email]
Bill, you might be surprised. If there are no union jobs going on right then a lot of out of work union bricklayers will do individual jobs for homeowners, especially if they are neighbors or someone they know from that area. A small job like that would be a contract type instead of one where you deal with all the withholding and tax stuff. They can work them for straight cash or on some kind of barter deal. It happens all the time around here.


Before you do anything...    Posted 10-17-2003 at 10:03:40       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Try selling it on ebay.. You never know what people will want or pay. Besure in your advertisement to point out all the Historical events the structure has witnessed..fire, flood and ?????


Let us know how you do.

Alex


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