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    In a 40 yr old house, this fancy corner feature is cracked and and starting to tip off the metal shelf support. There is work to do to the chimney outside so I said to get the mason to check this. Maybe put in a steel post?

    The 4th pic is the flue for the oil furnace. Can a mason fix that with fireclay or mortar? I suggested a metal flue liner as alternative.

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    Default Re: Opinions on this fireplace?

    Not sure about the cause or remedy in pics 1-3 John but pic #4 defintely needs a new flue liner.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Nick Ostrowski View Post
    Not sure about the cause or remedy in pics 1-3 John but pic #4 defintely needs a new flue liner.
    Agree.... I'm inclined to think the crack is not a big deal. I'm guessing 60's construction - probably had no chimney cap ever and the liner is shot. I'd be curious to see what the top looks like. I'd bet either totally shot or just rebuilt.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Nick Ostrowski View Post
    Not sure about the cause or remedy in pics 1-3 John but pic #4 defintely needs a new flue liner.
    What Nick said. I can't see anyone "fixing" that flue liner. Just put in a metal one.

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    Thanks all. I'm trying to increase my masonry knowledge. No problem with the obvious stuff, it's the small cracks and patches I'd like to be firmer on.

    I know this chimney could use a cap and a cricket flashing too. Not bad for the age though.

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    Definitely needs a corner post and a liner. Corner post should have been installed when fireplace was built.

    Bart Ogden


    Quote Originally Posted by John Kogel View Post
    In a 40 yr old house, this fancy corner feature is cracked and and starting to tip off the metal shelf support. There is work to do to the chimney outside so I said to get the mason to check this. Maybe put in a steel post?

    The 4th pic is the flue for the oil furnace. Can a mason fix that with fireclay or mortar? I suggested a metal flue liner as alternative.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Bart Ogden View Post
    Definitely needs a corner post and a liner. Corner post should have been installed when fireplace was built.

    Bart Ogden
    Thanks Bart.


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