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Chimney Repair, advice please

Discussion in 'Fine Living, Home, Design & Auto' started by SField, Jul 1, 2012.

  1. SField

    SField Senior member

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    I'm considering buying a sort of family/vacation property and it has 4 chimneys with some damage that needs to be repaired. I know the collective knowledge on this forum could be a good first step. Please let me know what you think, I appreciate it guys thanks. [​IMG]
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  2. lefty

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    Everything can be fixed, but the bigger issue will be the tile lining the chimney. Has it deteriorated? If so, you're potentially looking at a health/fire risk and will need to get them relined. Figure on 1-2K per chimney. There are a lot of scam artists in the chimney liner business so spend some time to find a reputable company.

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  3. SField

    SField Senior member

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    The brick is the problem. THe inside of the chimney has been done. I know some of you guys have restored older homes. This is a federalist home in upper canada that I'm buying.
     


  4. lefty

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    Then you just need a decent bricklayer. Can't be that hard to find. And maybe cap them if that hasn't been done.

    Where is Upper Canada?

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  5. SField

    SField Senior member

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    This is outside Toronto. I've always wanted a property in the north and this fit the bill and my budget. An equivalent house where I grew up would cost me mid 7 figures and I just can't swing that. The house needs some work but this looks like something that needs to be addressed soon. I'm busy getting quotes but I thought I'd get some input here too.
     


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    Upper Canada is a quaint way to refer to the small towns around Toronto. Which town?

    Anyway, Crumbling brick is an easy fix. As you've no doubt noticed 90% of the houses up there are made of brick and there are many bricklayers to service them. You should also be able to find reclaimed bricks to match what is broken. But how is the rest of the structure? Does it need repointing? That could get expensive.

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  7. SField

    SField Senior member

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    The rest of the structure is very sound. I'll do some work on the bathrooms but most of it I'm happy with.

    It is weird to call it upper canada. I'm just usually vague about things because I guess I'm sort of a privacy freak. I think people on styleforum are trustworthy but I've always kept the internet and my life fairly separate.
     


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    That's cool. I wasn't prying. I grew up there and still have a place NE of Toronto.

    Good luck.

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  9. SField

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    No I know you weren't at all. It's in Oakville, if that matters. There's a lot of stonework/masonry in this house and this seems to be the only thing that is a problem.
     


  10. lefty

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    Nice town. The old part near the lake in particular. I went to school there.

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