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We have a fireplace and chimney (about 8 feet tall, external brick) originating in our bedroom on the third floor of our 1940s-ish mixed-style house. We will never use the fireplace and I'm wondering if anyone has 1) removed a chimney like this--were there structural or other issues and roughly how much did it cost? and 2) removed a chimney like this and the entire fireplace--what were the issues and how much did it cost? I am increasingly paranoid that it will kill us in our sleep in the event of an earthquake! Plus it is also quite ugly and it would be nice to have it gone. I have seen previous posts and I am not looking for recommendations at this point, just eager to hear other's experiences and how much it cost. Many thanks.
We're looking for someone to dismantle/take down our brick chimney. We don't want to replace it, just take it down. Would a roofer be the right person to ask to do this? Or do we hire a general contractor and then ask a roofer to come in to patch the roof afterward? Looking for recommendations from anyone who has done this - what did you do and whom did you hire? Many thanks! don't want a pile of bricks on my head in the next earthquake...
We are planning to take out our earthquake-hazard chimney and heard that there is a market for the recycled bricks. Has anyone heard of this? If so, where can we go (ideally East Bay-- but willing to drive a short distance) to sell them and what $$ could we expect to get per brick? Our chimney runs through the middle of our house so I am pretty sure that the bricks will be in very good condition.
We have determined that we need to remove our three-story chimney and the firebox, fix the exterior wall and part of the roof that will need to be filled in once the chimney is gone, and build a new frame to accommodate the direct vent, zero- clearance fireplace insert that we have picked out. We are doing this for earthquake safety, b/c the chimney is already separating from the house, and for environmental reasons. Can anyone recommend a contractor to do this for us? Or does anyone who has been through this want to pass on pearls of wisdom? Jennifer
As part of a foundation replacement, we excavated out our basement to be deeper. Since the dirt that was supporting the chimney was going, the chimney had to go to. The crew that did the work dismantled the chimney from the top, dropping bricks down the ever-shortening chimney until it was gone. Our chimney didn't run up the exterior of the house, it ran through an interior chase, so we didn't have the exterior finishing issues that you will have.
Our direct-vent fireplace was installed almost a year later by Kidd Services, which we found through the Tubmakers in Berkeley, where we got our fireplace. We were installing two fireplaces, one downstairs and one upstairs, one directly above the other. Running the two ventpipes, with the one for the lower unit having to dodge the upper, was a bit tricky, but they did a good job, and the job took about a day. The whole thing was pretty painless, and we really enjoy our gas fireplace. Carrie
We live in a small bungalow in berkeley. We have a very attarctive but large working fireplace in our living room. Aesthetically, it is a nice detail in our house. However, it is not very practical -- we don't use it and it takes up the largest wall in the livingroom. Would we be hurting the value of our house by removing it? Also, does anyone know what it would entail to take it out? The chimney is inside the house and is part of the design of the fireplace and the wall... Thanks Put the fire out?
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