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Brick Chimney Teardown-response
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Mike    Posted 10-17-2003 at 19:36:23       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I would like to offer a sincere thank you to all who offered advice. I will begin a teardown tomorrow from the top. I don' expect to get very far, but probably won't have to. If I take it down to below the roofline, it will no longer be a danger to the house. I can probably cap it there for the winter.

Interesting ideas and help. However I do not believe that anyone will have a use for red brick that has been weathered for so long. I estimate at least 1/3 of the bricks to have serious galling damage. Also hard to believe that union labor would be required for a teardown. To repair or replace we would need them for sure.

Thanks again to all. I will try to be here as often as I can to offer advice in return.

Jet9N    Posted 10-18-2003 at 09:50:25       [Reply]  [No Email]
Many long years ago my dad and I took one down.
He knocked the bricks loose and dropped them down
the chimney 1 at a time. I pulled them out at the
bottom of the chimney with a hook.
All the mess was in the basement. Much easier than
carrying them through the living area of the house.


Vic from Kenefick    Posted 10-18-2003 at 01:11:54       [Reply]  [No Email]
Your welcome but on second thought I should have said America Yes and Union NO! In this day of Patriotism we rush to Wal-Mart and buy from China! I spoke before I thought! I should have suggested you go down to the Workers Corner and hired an undocumented worker for pennies and had him take down the bricks. If he got hurt or killed just dump him in the river or if he did a good job take him back and drop him off a few blocks from where you got him and tell him your sorry your short on cash and will have to find him tomorrow to pay him. This seems to be the American way of the modern days! In todays market we do not even support the American Farmers! Seems most people think they are the only ones that have a wife and kids and needs to make a living wage. I plan to never say I am sorry for my political views even though this has cost me a bunch of money and meaningless friendships!
Not so long ago in this Great Country there was family. Dad worked 40 hours a week while Mom kept the house, the kids went to school and played sports. During the summer Dad would take a week so two off and the family would go to the beach or mountains for a vacation. Something happened, what was it? There was also affordable health care and unlike 401K, safe retirement plans, but not anymore, again what happened?
Todays American family as I have noticed seems to consist(sp)(grade my spelling if you like) of Some guy living with his buddy dodging his ex wife, 2.5 kids and child support payments while the single mom is working 2 or 3 jobs at low pay just to pay the rent. Mean while the 2.5 kids are in day care or left alone to watch who knows what on TV. Then we wonder why they act like fools?
I have heard much talk about family values but have not seen any action. Our country seems to be blind to the simple fact that corporate America has forced us into lower paying jobs with out benefits thus causing us to cut back and buy foriegn made products at inflaited prices/by their standars, cheap to us. Mom and Pop are dying on the vine while Stop and Shop is eating high on the hog.
I remember a time when we helped our neighbors replace the roof on their houses and they helped us weed our gardens or mowed our yard when our lawn mower wasnt working and we all knew and watched over each other. What happened? I remember a time if you saw someone broke down on the side of he road you had no fear to stop and help them and hitchikers were fun to visit with while you drove or rode(I hitchiked some too.) What happened?
I know I that should not get so angry over a few bricks but at a time when most of the good floks in our country are waving flags, sporting bumber stickers and banners touting "SUPPORT AMERICA" and turning their backs on American Working Families I do get mad. Mad as hell!!!!!! What is wrong?
Those houses that were built 100 years ago were not built by slave labor or undoucmented workers they were built by local people and many a time only with neighbors help. We were truly a proud and free nation but something has changed. Any idea what changed?
My only guess as to what changed is that bricklayers should have built more churches than schools, shopping centers and prisons.(by the way I am not a Bible thumper!) Our county court houses should have been made of tin and not stone. Seems everyone got an education and became to smart or ashamed to be an average worker.
Most buildings used to be set on a corner stone but we have lost that vision. A corner stone stood for strength and stability but that has all gone to the wayside.
I have not vented enough to suit me yet but I will stop here. Also I do not expect anyone to agree with me on this matter!

Gene SC    Posted 10-18-2003 at 12:04:15       [Reply]  [No Email]
AMEN!! My thoughts exactly

toolman    Posted 10-18-2003 at 10:48:35       [Reply]  [No Email]
vent all you want vic and the only ones who would disagree with you are the ones who know your right, up here in canada it,s the same,things have sure changed ,its not about whats right anymore.thanks vic wish more would stand up and speak out.

deadcarp    Posted 10-18-2003 at 09:53:18       [Reply]  [No Email]
we simply have to vote with our dollars, that's all. we won't, but we should. say this christmas you're hoping to buy a carved 12" wooden santa doll -- would you buy the fancy one with painted eyelids & fingernails or the plain one that looked like it'd been dipped in a paint can? the fancy one is imported and they want $12, the plain one is made here and costs $175. even if you did "the right thing" this time, how long can you keep wasting money like that? or when's the last time you drank american coffee? :)

Vic in Kenefick    Posted 10-18-2003 at 15:08:54       [Reply]  [No Email]
Unless they used American coffee when I was in the Army then I doubt I have ever had any.

Norm - Australia    Posted 10-18-2003 at 02:54:48       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Vic from Kenefick,
Never mind the spelling mate, your sentiment is shared throughout the English speaking world.
I am originally from Scotland and I know they feel the same, I lived in England and they are completely dismayed about what is happening to our world. Here in Australia everyone is too busy to care and can't see the wood for the trees.
Keep talking about it and don't let up. We need people to question the ethics of government and the media and attempt to keep them honest and get the world back on the right track.
Socialism and socialists (Unions etc) is/are a con, imagine being brainwashed by people whose greatest proponents were the world worst mass murderers!
Good one Vic I'm with you all the way.


Vic in Kenefick    Posted 10-18-2003 at 03:09:07       [Reply]  [No Email]
I visited Scotland once. I went to New Castle to fetch me a bottle of brown. They make the worlds best ale right across the street from the soccer stadium and cati corner from the Magpie Pub.

Norm - Australia    Posted 10-18-2003 at 06:59:49       [Reply]  [No Email]
Newcastle Brown Ale hmm nice.
Newcastle is about 90-100 miles from Edinburgh and is in England!
Newcastle United are the Magpies because they play in black and white striped shirts.


Vic in Kenefick    Posted 10-18-2003 at 15:20:31       [Reply]  [No Email]
It has been about 30 years since I visited there and I have slept since then. I did want to go on to Edingurgh and then over to Loc Ness but the trains were going to go on strike the next day at midnight(if that makes any since.) My friend with me and I high tailed it back to London (Heathro) and returned to Germany while we could. We had spent 10 full days of a two week leave hitch hiking and riding the trains all over the UK and loved every minute of it. When we got back to our barracks our platoon sargent ask how the trip went, I told him I left England just as my forefathers had, broke and hungry....LOL...he laughed too

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