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DIY Home Renovation–The fireplaces

There are two fireplaces in the 1956 Fixer Upper House that we are anxious to use, but not before they are checked out.  We do not know if the previous owners had the chimneys cleaned or inspected so for safety sake we are using a professional chimney sweep.  I will admit I priced the wire brushes and rods and contemplated very briefly having hubs get on the roof.  However, the cost of the equipment was about 1/3 the cost of having it done professionally and hubs wasn’t too keen on climbing the roof.
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Being that we moved to this rural community far from everything it took a while to find someone in our area to recommend a chimney sweep.  The young man we located lives only 30 miles away, is a fire fighter that does chimney cleaning and inspections on the side.  He was extremely reasonably priced and explained he’s not out to make a lot of money from it, just to keep people safe.  I think that is very admirable.
chimney sweep 1c       chimney sweep 2c
He checked the chimneys inside first and noted there was about a 1/4” creosote build up which is not all that bad.  The creosote is the black build up you see on the back of the chimney.  When ours was touched it easily flaked off and fell to the floor.  We had already decided to go through with a cleaning so he got started right away laying down tarps to cover everything.  Next he set up a super duper vacuum that sucked all the dust and debris right out of the chimney as he cleaned.  There was nothing I could see that escaped onto the drop cloths.  I could use that kind of cleaner for the carpets! 
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Boy Grand and I sat in the yard and watched as he climbed his ladder and inspected the chimneys from the outside before removing the caps and hopping on top to sweep.  He screwed some flexible extension rods onto a wire brush and started working it up and down through the chimney about a dozen times.  After he put the cap back on he moved inside and did the same thing from the bottom up.  After that he simply rolled up the drop cloths, vacuumed the room and wiped down the entire fireplace.  He even took the brass racks outside and polished them up!
chimney sweep 4c     chimney sweep 6c
The whole process for both chimneys took about two hours.  We feel very confident about building fires in them in the very near future.  We are considering gas logs for one of them just to make a convenient and quick heat source available.  I'll keep you updated on that decision as it happens. Now, bring on the cold weather!

1 comment:

  1. That is a big job. At least you will be able to enjoy your fireplace now. POSH

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