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Just When You Think You’ve Seen It All

I guess the mason building this chimney decided to go home early that day. Couldn’t be bothered actually finishing the chimney. The homeowner was curious how water was getting into the chimney. Well, we may have tracked down the source! The real twist? Two other...

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Is My Fireplace Safe?

Nope. That’s the short answer that you should hear from every chimney professional. Your fireplace can never be considered “safe” no matter what repairs we may do to it. “Safer”, yes, but never “safe” Why is that? Why can no...

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Why do I need a chimney liner?

You mean, besides the fact that NFPA211 clearly states “Masonry chimneys shall be lined” (7.2.2.1)? That’s the bottom line. Any professional who tells you a liner is unnecessary is inviting a serious liability issue. But let’s put the...

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Why are Chimney Sweeps Lucky?

Legend has it that in the year 1066 (approximately) King William of Britain was saved by a chimney sweep, who pushed him out of the way of a runaway horse and carriage.  As a reward, the king invited the chimney sweep to his daughter’s wedding.  Ever since it...

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How to Find a Good Chimney Sweep — PART ONE

Let’s face facts. Chimney Sweeping is still a largely unlicensed and unregulated industry. How do you know who to trust? How can you be sure the sweep you invite into your house knows what he’s doing, or isn’t going to rip you off? In short, how do you find a good...

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How to Find a Good Chimney Sweep — PART TWO

In my last post, we talked about how to find a good chimney sweep to hire in your area. Now that you’ve found one, what happens when they get to your house? What can you look for when he (or she, although female sweeps are still pretty rare) shows up to work? How can...

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