16 Weeks

It’s has been a busy week! Which is a good thing since we’re to move to the farmhouse in less than 6 weeks. 

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Brandon Tennis and Abby Sullivan live in walled tent on their farm without indoor plumbing or electricity. We will at least have electricity and a garden hose.

As I mentioned in a previous post, the first of many contractors started Monday. The ugly duckling is blossoming! I can’t wait to see it with the shiny  new Galvalume® roof, al la Chip and Joanna…

However, in order to prepare for the shiny new roof, we needed to address the failing chimney from the former basement wood stove. Said chimney runs through the roof soffit and was all but falling off the back of the house. This has resulted in a lot rot around the chimney, including damage to the roof, the exterior wall, the adjacent floor joists, and sill plate. Since the chimney sits above the roof, it had to come down before the roof can be put on. So, we took it down.

I’m sure there is a better way to do this, but we did it fast. First, we tied a rope around the top portion of the chimney and tied it to my trailer hitch. I put the Jeep in gear, and the chimney fell without even applying the gas! Clearly, that was an accident just waiting to happen.

The bottom part was a bit more difficult, but just barely. Mr. A, a former Boatswain Mate, tied the rope around a landscaping timber and lowered the timber into the chimney. With the other end of the rope attached to the Jeep, I gave it a bit of gas and the upper 3/4 of the chimney snapped right off.

The remaining chimney is at a perfect height to turn into a table base or maybe we’ll remove it too in the future (dunno).  All the bricks will be added to the pile to one day be made into a Pintrest inspired patio.

Google says the cost of removing a chimney of this type is a few thousand dollars. However, we were able to remove it without fancy tools is about 30 minutes. It will take much much longer to bust up and move all the brick, but we have the time. Provided you’ve a strong back (or a few kids) you do not need to call a contractor to remove an exterior chimney. With a little confidence and research, this is an easy DIY. While a professional could probably do the job much quicker  than you would be able to yourself (as with most any DIY project), you’ll save a lot of money doing it yourself.

That is all.

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