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Old 09-27-2006, 07:41 PM   #21
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Wouldn't hiring a Chimney Sweep be a lot easier and safer? I'm about to look into having this done now that I've finished reading Khan's post - it's been 12 years we've lived here and haven't had it done yet..... what would the typical cost be?
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Re: How to Clean Your Own Chimney
Old 09-27-2006, 11:18 PM   #22
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Re: How to Clean Your Own Chimney

Haven't cleaned my chimney since moving into my house in 1989. But then, I seldom use it so hope it won't be a problem.

Was going to post this under Nords's thread about leaking roofs but thought it more appropriate under this chimney thread: I kept getting leaks above my fireplace everytime it rained. Thought it was the roof or flashing around my chimney. Called 2 different roofers out to fix it. One guy put more flashing on, and the other guy put some kind of caulking near the base of the chimney where it meets the roof. Neither of these "fixes" helped. Decided to call a chimney/masonry specialist. Come to find out it's my chimney that's the problem. Unfortunately, the chimney is very large and made of "Georgia" (?) sandstone (pinkish, beige-ish color), which is not the kind of material to use for chimneys. Bottom line: It will cost me $5,000+ for partial chimney reconstruction.
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Old 09-28-2006, 11:45 AM   #23
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Around here a chimney cleaning and inspection costs $75.

I'm guessing that whether it's safe to do your own depends a lot on the configuration of your roof and chimney/fireplace.

Heard one story of a skier who was using gasoline on rags to clean the wax off of his skis. After using each rag he'd toss it into the fireplace (with a fire going). When he noticed some people outside, he went outside and saw flames coming out the chimney like a rocket engine. The whole house burned down.
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Old 09-28-2006, 01:27 PM   #24
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Hubby and I have been cleaning our own chimney for years. Of course he gets the "roof duty".
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what would the typical cost be?
Just paid $155 for a 2 story chimney cleaning.* Got enough info form the lad doing the work to do it myself next time.* Haven't been home for previous cleanings.

Watched my neighbor's chimney fire a few years back ... 6 ft flames shooting from the chimney.* Called to tell him about it and he said "I am not worried, it'll clean the chimney."* * Ild rather pay the $155 bucks.
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