This picture was taken yesterday. Our chimney guy started this week. He spent three extremely hot days lugging everything he needs up onto the roof. Now that he finally has the scaffolding set up and he can safely work, it’s pouring! We need the rain, so I won’t complain, well not too much.
He is going to rebuild our back two chimneys and reflash the front two. The one in the picture was starting to bulge out and would eventually collapse. As our inspector said, it could happen tomorrow or it could stand another 10 years. We are definitely getting water in from the chimney though, so it needed to be fixed sooner than later. One of many issues our insurance company said needed to be addressed by fall or they would drop us, but that is a story for another day.
Back to the chimneys. When he can get back up there, he first has to take them down brick-by-brick and then he will build them back up, so he has to make room to store all that brick up there while he is working. We are going to preserve and reuse as much brick as we can. I don’t know how other people feel about it, but I would like to keep as many original materials in the house as we can! Obviously some things are not “original” like plumbing because they didn’t have indoor plumbing when the house was built! Other things we will just have to replace for safety and convenience, like rotten porch wood, galvanized pipes and knob and tube wiring. It doesn’t hurt to save a couple of dollars and resources here and there too. 🙂
So there it is, actual work is finally taking place! Hopefully cooler temperatures this weekend will mean lots of progress. Then we will move on to fixing the roof and hopefully stopping the rest of the leaks!