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majeztick

03:51PM | 05/06/04
Member Since: 05/04/04
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The chimney on my 1978 built home is leaning outward. I was wondering what the best way to fix this problem is as well as any ballpark figures on what it will cost. I live in St. Charles, Missouri.

jay19bm

03:01PM | 05/11/04
Member Since: 07/01/03
18 lifetime posts
I take it the chimney is brick?

Would you want to do the repairs by yourself (maybe not possible) or would you definitely contract someone to do the job?

This is a very common problem and requires varying degrees of work to get it fixed.

What needs to be done is first providing support for the chimney while you repair, sometimes this is best left to the professionals that have done this before, depending on the severity of the job (weight of the chimney, angle of separation from the building.) Sometimes a good couple of car jacks can do the trick, sometimes something more is needed.

Once you get the support to realign the chimney with your house, then proper support underneath the chimney needs to be created, this can be more brick or a cement type footing. The footing is usually the best choice as it will provide the support with minimal chance of sinking (and the chimney leaning away from the house again), however it will be more difficult to dig the proper size hole and pour the concrete while the chimney is being held into place by the jacks.

You may look around for contractors that do this sort of thing, and it is common by the way so you should be able to find some reputable contractors with good experience that can give you a price. I am rougly guessing between 800-1500.
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