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Chimney repair
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   I need advice on getting my chimney repaired.  I had a some contractors come out and look at it, and everyone of them wants to tear it down to the roofline and rebuild it using new brick.  They…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Susan Sep 1, 2011.

 

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Sep 25, 2011
Susan replied to Andy's discussion Chimney repair
"Thanks Martin, my house is still a work in progress.  The shingles are really alot of work.  More than I thought they would be, but not that expensive since I am using straight cut cedar shingles from the local mill for the bay…"
Sep 1, 2011
Martin replied to Andy's discussion Chimney repair
"I was able to fix the leaks in my box gutters before they got too bad. I do have some wood to repair, but it isn't too bad. Even as a novice, I think I can fix it (hopefully).However, some of the water did get into the house. They were lined in…"
Sep 1, 2011
Susan replied to Andy's discussion Chimney repair
"Martin, my box gutters were in shambles, as in, falling off the house.  The house needed major wood repair on all the soffets before they could line the gutters in copper.  All my downspouts are copper also.  That part of…"
Sep 1, 2011
Martin replied to Andy's discussion Chimney repair
"That is good info Susan! I have been redoing my box gutters with rubber roofing material (copper would be great, but too expensive for me). I have some bad chimneys myself too. One chimney is about 1/4 missing since it was used as just a coal…"
Aug 31, 2011
Susan replied to Andy's discussion Chimney repair
"Contact the Durable Slate Company in Columbus, Ohio.  They do work nationwide and will give you a free estimate. Telephone number 614-299-5522 or 1-877-340-9181.  Ask for Mark Sherby & tell him you were referred by Susan in…"
Aug 19, 2011
Bill Hendrickson replied to Andy's discussion Chimney repair
"A couple of companies were suggested by the State Historical Preservation folks in Santa Fe. One was Alamo Masonry repair out of Texas: http://alamomasonryrepair.com/ . We provide mortar samples and they match it. We just add sand. So, this…"
Aug 16, 2011
jane replied to Andy's discussion Chimney repair
"two sites that I know of:  google 'historic brick restoration', and you will find the National Park Service Brief #2 on restoring old masonry - it begins: nps.gov/history/hhps.... the other will be US Heritage. It has a section for…"
Aug 10, 2011
Bill Hendrickson replied to Andy's discussion Chimney repair
"Good info. Not sure I will have that problem, as the guy has done some work for me in the past and is on the up and up. He just has not worked with the lime motar before. So we are both learning. He is investigating it now.   Is there a good…"
Aug 9, 2011
Phil replied to Andy's discussion Chimney repair
"Yes, you must use a soft mortar for old bricks, even on a rebuild.  Also, be prepared for masons to tell you that mortars that are essentially slaked lime and sand (the historic mix) will not last and that "you will be calling me back next…"
Aug 9, 2011
Bill Hendrickson replied to Andy's discussion Chimney repair
"Our house is right at 1900 and most likely lime mortar, so we are getting some input and having one brick mason looking into that for repointing. We are having to also reinstall the bricks that have falling off, and may as well use lime mortar for…"
Aug 9, 2011
Phil replied to Andy's discussion Chimney repair
"I agree with KenK that there is more money in a full rebuild.  Or, I have had a number of masons over the years tell me that they dislike repointing work, so maybe it is just more enjoyable to rebuild."
Aug 9, 2011
jane replied to Andy's discussion Chimney repair
"a few questions: How old is your house? Has the chimney been repaired before? did you go to a brick yard and ask about hairline cracks? I ask this one because in 40 years of work in the field I have never heard of hairline cracks causing…"
Aug 9, 2011

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I live in a house built c. 1904.
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Hoping to restore my home to what it was originally.

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