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overlove1

12:05PM | 10/06/01
Member Since: 10/05/01
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I've installed a high efficiency furnace vented out the side of my house & I want to make my chimney disappear completely. The house is a 2 story cape cod with chimney made of brick & what looks like an inner tile. The wife doesn't want walls torn out to accomplish this, any idesa?

DH

03:59PM | 10/06/01
Member Since: 09/23/01
242 lifetime posts
Is the chimeny on the outside of the house or up thru the center of the roof? If it is on the outside no problem, start at the top and start knocking it appart. Then reside over where the flue was.
If it is in the center of the house only, remove the top of the flue, thru the roof into the attic, reroof the hole. Remove as much of the flue as possiable to the ceiling rafters, stuff the flue with fiberglass insulation and cover with tin or plywood. Go into the basement(?) and do the same to the other end of the flue, better still fill the opening with mortar. If you sell the house you do not want any one reusing this flue.

overlove1

04:44PM | 10/07/01
Member Since: 10/05/01
5 lifetime posts
The chimney is in the center of the house.
If I start to knock it out of the basement(after removing as much of the top as possible) won't the remainder of the chimney collapse on me? It doesn't appear to be attached to anything all the way up.

DH

09:07PM | 10/08/01
Member Since: 09/23/01
242 lifetime posts
Do not knock it out! only cover the flue inlet. If you want to remove the whole flue then its wall removal time.

overlove1

02:03AM | 10/09/01
Member Since: 10/05/01
5 lifetime posts
Well that doesn't sound like much fun! Let me run this thought by you, What if I drilled two holes 1 1/2" diameter about 8" apart vertically into the top of the chimney & attached a chainfall to two 4"x6"x8'timbers on the top of the roof & started to remove the chimney from the bottom and lower it as I remove the material?
I really don't have a problem with the thought of making a mess in my basement ,I just don't want to make a mess of my wife's walls (if you know what I mean)

david_wv

04:32AM | 10/09/01
Member Since: 01/28/01
171 lifetime posts
Two problems with using a chainfall.
First, I don't think your roof or attic floor is strong enough to support a three or four story chimney. Second, the mortar holding the chimney together is strong in compression but very weak in tension. Hanging from chains, unless attached to the bottom, would break the chimney at the point of attachment. This is a case of being very aware of how bad a failure could be. Your wife would be really pissed if a falling chimney blasted through the living room wall. I agree with DH's first post - remove to attic floor and seal.

overlove1

06:26AM | 10/09/01
Member Since: 10/05/01
5 lifetime posts
okay let me try this on you, What if I removed two sides of the chimney brick from the bottom & started removing the inner tile until it was gone (a mason friend of mine assured me the inner flue was not attached to the brick)than just blasting the remaining brick with a sledge hammer on the bottom & let it fall. I know this sounds nuts but that's what my wife calls me anyway

DH

03:49PM | 10/09/01
Member Since: 09/23/01
242 lifetime posts
Well your the one standing under it!
If your set on removing the entire flue, I would guess that you would like to use the space. If the flue is plastered, then you could easily remove it a floor at a time. Even if it is drywalled over, I would open up the wall on one side and remove it from the top down.

overlove1

02:48AM | 10/10/01
Member Since: 10/05/01
5 lifetime posts
Yes I need the space for a cold air return going to the 2nd floor, when the house was built, the builder ran a duct up there but no return which pretty much makes it hot in the summer & cold in the winter even with the addition of two ceiling fans. After much deliberation I have deceided to take out the wall in my hallway to gain access to the 8' section of chimney that I can't get to. I really don't want to make a trip to the hospitol and explain stupidity to a doctor who will just laugh & tell his buddies about this idiot who came in after his chimney fell in. I appreciate everyones help and will definitly post on this board often.
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