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This Old Crack House

From log house to farmhouse. Farmhouse to townhouse. Townhouse to apartment house. Apartment house to crack house. Crack house to our house. Our house to our home.

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Monday, December 01, 2008

Time Is on My Side, Yes It Is.



We now have a back up to the emergency heating system. This wasn't that hard to do once you figure out where to place the bricks. This is a small fireplace. The opening width is just 18 inches. I'm sure the mantle was made for a gas fireplace or a shallow coal burning fireplace with a built in basket grate. This job was a little hard on the knees though and I almost had a faux pas by forgetting to remove the large piece of cushion foam that I had stuffed up the chimney to keep the warm air in the room. I remembered when I was two thirds of the way done. Otherwise it would have been bricked in would have been a bugger to get out. I already tested whether smoke will draw properly up the chimney by burning some damp paper in a coffee can and it seems to be working fine. I did manage to rid myself of my rubble collection. For several years I have been saving broken bricks, stones, plaster and bits of concrete to fill the space behind the fire bricks so as to build up a smoke shelf. I had buckets of rubble on every floor of the house. I used five and a half joint compound buckets full of rubble in this project leaving me with just half a bucket of cellar dirt which I can dump in the back yard where there is a large pile of rubble waiting to be placed in buckets and brought into the house when I rebuild the main living room firebox sometime in the future. Guess that will make me a "Rubble Rouser" ..... nyuk, nyuk, nyuk, nyuk!

4 Comments:

At 12/01/2008 10:57 PM, Anonymous denise said...

...or we can just call you Barney Rubble from now on.

 
At 12/03/2008 8:57 PM, Anonymous Kate H. said...

Wee little logs in your wee little Rumford!

 
At 12/06/2008 9:16 PM, Blogger Sandy said...

Great post... great laugh... great comments! LOL!!

The fireplace looks great!

 
At 12/09/2008 11:03 PM, Blogger Larry said...

Looking good - great job!

It does look like a Rumford fireplace.

 

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