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Confused about wall/chimney in my house...


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03-18-03, 07:06 AM   #1  
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Confused about wall/chimney in my house...

Sort of a weird question I guess.

If you look on the left of the pic below you'll see the where the chimney goes up the wall. The area is @5' wide. It is like that on the 2nd floor too. When i exposed the ceiling, this area is 3 joists wide. The chimney was only 1 joist wide to the very left. The center joist area was very black, the brick, inner beams of the joists and upper floor. The right-most joist area was as clean as other parts of the ceiling.

So I am curious. why was the wall's chimney area built so wide if the chimney itself is only like 2' wide. And why was the area next to the chimney area so black and should this concern me?

I'll post a pic tomorrow if this isn't clear.



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Jason

 
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03-18-03, 06:38 PM   #2  
Jason,

Is this chimney still active? How old is it if so? The black around it could indicate that it's leaking, if it's active you could probably have a liner put in it. That would be a mason's job, I guess.

Don't know why that's framed out so wide,must be other considerations that I'm not seeing in the picture.

 
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03-20-03, 09:05 AM   #3  
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The chimney is for the oil heater which is still active...

Some pics...

Here you can see the chimney, middle blackened area, and the 3rd normal looking area.
http://alphabiosciences.com/Images/chim1.jpg

Another shot:
http://alphabiosciences.com/Images/chim2.jpg

The difference in the above floor in the middle joist area and the right one:
http://alphabiosciences.com/Images/chim3.jpg

 
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03-20-03, 07:27 PM   #4  
Hi jason,

After looking at the last pics that you posted, I would suggest that you look into having a professional look at your chimney, from what I'm seeing it looks like you need to have some tuck-pointing work done. Another option might be to have a liner put into the existing chimney, but it definitely looks like there is some emmission coming into the the attic and that can't be good.

Let me see if I can get someone from the masonry field to take a look at your pics & give an opinion, here on the boards. Give me a day to see what we can learn here.

 
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