Chimney reinforcement

mills

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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.
 

d0uche_n0zzle

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

BIV

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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.
 

Haeder

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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.
He knows that silly.

But what's better - aluminum or stainless?

mills - do you need to repair/ replace metal pipe or a brick structure?
 
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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?
Due to the age I would think brick...