June 16, 2006
Yesterday Chris and I assisted Kevin, Tom, and the rest of the crew in taking down the chimney. As you can see from this picture Kevin and Tom started at the top of the chimney and then Chris and I worked from the attic down. It was fun, and needless to say very messy.
We are still living in the house. It is a little crazy but—we are able to see the progress first hand and it is amazing.
Have a great weekend!
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What a great time I am having watching all of this online - remember, I need a "pool boy" for the summer ... but you will do if you need a place to stay.
In replacing my roof, I had the contractor take the 3 chimneys down below the roof line. Now, in order to use some of the attic space for a rec room, I need to take one of them down to the ground.
How do I do this? Do I simply continue to take it down and letting the bricks fall to the bottom of the chimney to be taken out? Or, do I simply knock them down to the bottom, which is at a 4 foot crawl space, and let them stay at the bottom and not take them out?
Thanks in advance for the help.
Looking good! I am enjoying watching the progress at your place. You have incredible patience and energy. I especially loved the shot of you and Liz on the ladders removing the ivy. Can't wait for th housewarming celebration!!!!!!!!
Liz, I wonder if I might bother you for a bit of detail on how you brought the chimney down? Mine is already down to the attic line having been brought down through the roof by a previous owner. What did you find were the best tools? Did y'all knock the brick down into the chimney and remove from the bottom? Mine is set in the crawlspace so not much room for manuevering. I would appreciate any advice. Thanks!
Juliet in Greensboro, NC
Really enjoyed reading your blog post. I will have to bookmark your site for later.
I recently came across your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I don't know what to say except that I have enjoyed. Really a nice post here!
WE are thinking of taking down two unused chimneys on an old 1860s farmhouse. What are the pros and cons of doing this? We are having a new roof put in soon and want to make this decision but do not want to take away from the value of the historic house. We have another fireplace and chimney that we use so we don't plan to make them workable ....
Very nice! Sometimes chimneys can be an eyesore and a hazard, so some homeowners tend to simply remove them and use electric heaters in the winter. Problem is, how can Santa enter the house on Christmas if there's no chimney? Haha. You have to explain that to the kids.
It makes me wish I was younger,I love that kind of work.
We have a house built in 1825, with 3 chimneys and we cannot use any of the fireplaces. Is it possible to make at least one of them useable without breaking the bank? I would like to be able to use the one in the living room. (the fireplaces are built for burning coal, I am told)
I had tried it too, reminiscing memories while packing your things is great, but I hate it when the memories are trouble and worst lol!
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