scaling chimney normal?


Old 10-27-03, 03:39 PM
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scaling chimney normal?

decided to see what work the chimney cleaner did.
I removed the furnace duct work leading to the chimney and
noticed a lot of scaling sediments, possibly why my chimney
was obstructed in the first place.
anyway... is this scaling of the orignal terra cotta normal? It is 33yrs old.
would this scaling necessitate a stainless steel liner?
Old 10-27-03, 06:19 PM
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What did the sweep say about the condition of the chimney after he cleaned it?
Old 10-29-03, 03:17 PM
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the chiminey cleaner said the chimney did not require cleaning.
and that I needed a stainless steel liner.
He said that a piece of the terra cotta had broken off and was causing a slight obstruction. Later on I found out from my sitter that he never went down to the basement at all. So I removed the duct work myself and discovered the scaling debris, but no pieces of terra cotta. Too weary of the "liner" scams to believe any chimney cleaner.
Old 10-29-03, 03:43 PM
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I also have a couple of fly-by-night chimney cleaner/liner companies that contact my customers. They use every scare tactic in the book to get a foot in the door and immediately try to sell a $1800-2000 liner job. If my customer calls me before doing the job, I always try to do an inspection from the bottom where our equipment is and many times don't recommend the expense of a liner. Sometimes it is necessary though.

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