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Chimney reinforcement

Discussion in 'Wackbag Home Improvement & Car Repair' started by mills, Nov 27, 2012.

  1. mills

    mills I'll give em a state, a state of unconsciousness

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    My chimney's in danger of collapsing. 104 years of wear and tear I guess'll do that to a chimney.

    I have two options I'm looking at. Aluminum reinforcement or stainless steel reinforcement. Aluminum should be around $1300 and according to my contractor should last about 6 years given the chimney's condition. Stainless steel reinforcement, $2200, but according to the guy could keep it from collapsing for up to 20 years.

    Any advice? Take his word for it completely at face value, or keep searching for cheaper pastures.
     
  2. d0uche_n0zzle

    d0uche_n0zzle **Negative_Creep**

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    Depends on how long you plan on living there. Let that be your deciding factor.
     
  3. lajikal

    lajikal Registered User

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  4. stevethrower

    stevethrower Got Sig?

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    Due to some CO issues we had here I would bite the bullet and have it rebuilt... or demo it down to where is is solid... and then run a stainless chimney up.

    I'm assuming you have had the liner inspected as well.
     
  5. BIV

    BIV I'm Biv Dick Black, the Over Poster.

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    Reinforcement? Just tell it that you care about it and there are people who love it. Point out the positive things it does for people and it's good qualities. And make it understand that it's how it feels about itself that really matters, not how others see it.
     
  6. maz

    maz TRueWDTer

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    Chimneys are over-rated
     
  7. Haeder

    Haeder South Dakota

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    He knows that silly.

    But what's better - aluminum or stainless?

    mills - do you need to repair/ replace metal pipe or a brick structure?
     
  8. stevethrower

    stevethrower Got Sig?

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    Due to the age I would think brick...
     
  9. whiskeyguy

    whiskeyguy PR representative for Drunk Whiskeyguy.

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    Yup, a smoke-filled room actually has a pretty nice vibe...
     

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