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Old 06-28-2017, 07:34 AM  
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That thing is a mess and probably needs rebuilt from the ground up or removed completely. If it were my house, I would look to replace the woodburning fireplace with a direct vent gas fireplace if I wanted the fireplace. If I didn't have natural gas I'd go propane. Is the existing fireplace a manufactured one or a site built masonry fireplace? If a masonry one, it is built on a very shaky foundation.


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I am not sure what type of fireplace it is actually. We don't ever use it and are ok living without it at this stage. The fireplace brick face is almost detached from the wall and we thought about removing it and covering it ip properly with sheetrock to just make it a blank wall. But the exterior is where we are debating how to handle mostly for safety.


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To me you need to get it down safely before it falls off taking some of the house with it.

Start at the top and take it down one block at a time. I just took an old chimney down about 10’ and it only took 15 minutes with a 5 pound sledge hammer.

Once you get it down you can assess what is behind it and what repairs are needed to repair where it was.
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Rent some scaffolding. And if your not sure about that, have them set it up.
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I can definitely demolish myself. I just wasn't sure what to expect under it all if I did. Any recommendations on how to go about starting from the top? I can think of renting a sizzor lift to work that high by myself maybe. I can probably demolish with a sledge hammer on a ladder but repairs I may need something else.
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Old 06-28-2017, 09:28 AM  
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The lift is expensive but handy. Just a hammer will knock them loose.
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Old 06-28-2017, 09:32 AM  
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My concern with a scissor lift is it would be in the zone where you want to drop the rubble as you begin tearing it down from the top one block at a time. You won't have that problem with scaffolding.

You basically take a 5lb hand sledge and knock out a block. Drop it to the ground and move on to the next one. Once you get the thing out of the way you need to assess any water damage to the structure and then following basic carpentry fill in the hole you created, replacing any rot. Once you get the entire thing out of the way, post more pictures if you have questions. I wonder who built that thing, for a fireplace/chimney to show that much damage in 30 some odd years indicates it was built wrong.
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Thank you everyone. I feel alot more confident about tackling this now. Soon as I get to it I will post some progress pictures.
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The ledge at the top under the soffit didn't do anything but collect water. It should have had a taper to the smaller section. A lot of problems would have been avoided.
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The ledge at the top under the soffit didn't do anything but collect water. It should have had a taper to the smaller section. A lot of problems would have been avoided.
What would you do to protect the roof while he is up there.
We have jumped thru many hoops only to find framing repairs needed anyway.
So it wouldn't make much difference.

I like the scaffolding because you can run a couple timbers over to the roof and walk around the chimney.

Leave all flashing in place for now has when you tarp the job the interior is still sorta protected.


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