Here are some before pictures:
|The ugly, spalling chimney. Out of sight but not out of mind.|
|It is worse the closer you look - just don't stand under it.|
|There was a continual raining of brick beside our house.|
We hired a local mason (Dan) to do the dirty deed. We also looked at the choices in 'brick'. Nothing even close to 1964 painted brick is available in this millennium, so we had few options. It turns out that the most durable choice was called Lafitt stone by Permacon, and it is a concrete product made to look like brick.
They put it up like brick, but hopefully it won't come down like our brick. We don't plan to do this again.
|Not a huge selection of colours, but this one was the least offensive.|
|There it is - gone!|
|The bricks were delivered for the re-building process on Friday.|
|Poorly installed liner.|
|We can see the damper at the top of the old fireplace.|
|Ugly all the way up!|
|Our demolished kitchen wall.|
Friday morning they started building the new chimney and got it built all the way to the top before we got home. More dust was made and lots of noise (Adam is off Monday's).
|More "god light"?|
|The mortar is still wet here.|
|So much better!|
|Here the cap is installed (right under the angled white aluminum 1/3 of the way up).|
|The back looks far better than it did before.|
|The after shot - dry mortar, all done.|
|Works very well with the existing structure|
Well, there you have it. It was a huge expense but it was also absolutely necessary to maintain the structure of the house. We should be safe for another 50+ years. Looks nice too.
The other benefit, now that I think about it, is that Santa can't claim it is an unsafe work environment - no more risk of a Christmas eve work refusal!