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tmcale5194
Fire Place Seperation

This I hope is the correct place to ask this. I have an elderly family friend that has a frame home that was built in 1904. Over the past few months the chimney has started seperating itself from the house. They have had contractors come to take a look but so far all they are reccomending is to tear the existing chimney down and build a new one. This is not what they wanted to hear. Is there anything that can be done besides removing the existing chimney and fireplace?

BigWalt
Re: Fire Place Seperation

i had similar issue with my chimney. It was leaning 1 and 1/2" off from outside wall.

All the contractors were telling me to tear it down and start from scratch.

It is good thing that I listen to these contractors and my wife.

We found more problem with chimney as we go along.

Bottom line... If you value your house like you value your life then do it right in the first time.

Dan Ackroyd
Re: Fire Place Seperation

Big walt is such a moron!

BigWalt
Re: Fire Place Seperation
Dan Ackroyd wrote:

I'm such a moron!

I'm sorry you feel that way.

JLMCDANIEL
Re: Fire Place Seperation

You might contact a fondation jacking company for an opinion. The fondation is where the problem usually lie. They drive rods down to bed rock attach plates and jack the foundation up.
Jack

canuk
Re: Fire Place Seperation
Dan Ackroyd wrote:

Big walt is such a moron!

Back off.

It's time this forum had some active moderators to control things.

havanagranite
Re: Fire Place Seperation

as with a lot of things details are a very important factor in makeing a big decision. compare costs driving rods down to support the chimney may build the chimney a couple of times but at the same time driving rods down to support or raise a house foundation may translate to savings. if the people you contacted are considered experts in their field then you would need to trust them

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