Chimney Woes

uggghhh… So here’s the progress I’ve made so far on the chimney project: NONE.
1. I went to Home Depot & bought all the ducts & everything I would need to transition from a brick chimney to metal ducts. Except for one critical piece of roof flashing that Home Depot didn’t have.
2. I went to Menards & discovered that they have a MUCH more extensive selection of B-vent parts that I liked a lot better than the stuff I bought at Home Depot. So I bought an entire second set of all the pieces I’d need to do the project.
3. I chickened out and decided to just repair the masonry and call it good – mostly because after hours and hours of google-searching, I couldn’t find a single resource that suggested this was a good plan – or that anybody else had ever done this. So I went to Home Depot, returned all the duct stuff I’d bought there earlier, and tried to buy some bricks. Plain old nothing-special bricks. No suck luck. You cannot buy bricks at the Richfield Home Depot. That’s Right. An entire store full of home-repair products and they don’t have bricks. Typical HD! (for the record, the B-Vents I bought there also specified that I should use 1/4″ sheet metal screws to hold some pieces together, but they don’t sell 1/4″ sheet metal screws. Screw you Home Depot – you are one of my least favorite stores ever.) So I bought some brick-like concrete blocks at Home Depot instead, but they were neither the correct size or color to match the existing bricks. Bully.
4. I spent all day Halloween (Nevada Day!!!!!) trying to repair the damn chimney. It actually went pretty smoothly while I was re-using the existing bricks that were still in pretty good shape… but then I got to the top where the new portion of chimney I was building was supposed to match into the parth hovering on top of the roof. Space was tight, and I couldn’t maneuver the bricks into place, and even if I could, I had one hell of a time trying to get mortar inbetween them… so eventually I gave up – and there’s still a big hole in my chimney.
5. I’ve got a professional mason coming over today to give me a quote. I feel kind of bad asking him to come over, because I’m almost positive he’s going to quote me more that I really want to pay for a stupid chimney (“What? What do you mean ‘Masons have to eat, too?’ Nonsense! Masons survive on fairy dust and troll juice and can provide their services for free!”)
6. Now I’m thinking about going back to plan A, which is to tear down the whole chimney (including the portion I spent all day saturday building) and replacing with b-vent.
7. So basically, that adds up to about 10 hours of labor and zero progress made (maybe negative progress, if I have to rip out what I just installed). YAY Home-ownership!

6 comments to Chimney Woes

  • At least you tried and not made to much of a mess. I know as a contractor if I have to fix something someones else did the price price goes up. It sounds like you bought it back down to where you started that is a good thing. Brick work is not that hard I am SO SHOCKED you did not finish it your pretty smart what happen?

  • curtis, I agree – it wasn't very difficult when I had plenty of space. It was at the end when I was trying to slide bricks into place with bricks above and bricks below… and roof rafters in the way… I don't think I could do it without removing the above-the-roof portion of the chimney. Actually, I'm quite confident i could do a respectable amateur job at all the masonry work … but I don't know anything about installing chimney step flashing.

    So… what do you know about installing step flashing around a chimney???

  • Kat

    I'm sorry the chimney has been so much trouble for you guys. We have actually had a lot of good luck with the Richfield Home Depot while we've been doing all of our remodeling. The only thing we haven't been able to find that we need is a decent chain pull light fixture for our kitchen.

    I hope the wet saw worked okay and wasn't too much trouble for the one brick you cut. Good luck with figuring out what to do with the chimney.

  • thanks for the support, Kat. and the saw.

  • Anonymous

    on the outside it is no big deal at all two ways of doing it.
    1. Is a method called regent where you grind about an 1/8 into the chimney then buy special angle flashing or bend it your self but you would need a break.
    2. The easy way is flashing and black jack.
    To do right is not that hard of a task just gt a good tin snips and make sure tuck under the shingles correctly. My roofing crew charges me 175.00 to flash a chimney the first way I noted it is a small price to pay to have it done perfect. Other then that I can do it also or you can also. This may sound dumb but think like your the water, where would I go.

  • I did not leave name on the last entry