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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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Saturday, August 25, 2007

What a Difference a Day Makes

Here is that one smoke chamber now.

Why am I so Anal? I wouldn't have been this thorough except for the fact that some inspector dude is going to look up here and we actually will be burning wood in this fireplace. I learned a very good lesson today though. Don't wear a white T-shirt while doing this kind of work;


At 8/27/2007 7:58 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anal, schmanal. You just don't want the house to burn down.

Looks good.

At 9/02/2007 3:06 PM, Blogger Jenn said...

Don't wear a white T-shirt while doing this kind of work;


At 9/06/2007 9:42 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, perfect timing to find your site. I'm buying a house that has a hole in its liner and it's smoke chamber is even worse shape than yours.

Any idea on how much you saved by doing the combined work yourself?

At 9/11/2007 11:36 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I posted earlier about the cost of doing the combined work yourself . . . for what it's worth, I just got an estimate on my liner replacement/smoke chamber. $4,200.

At 9/11/2007 11:55 AM, Blogger Gary said...

This is for Anon,

This particular liner with the ceramic wrap and mesh was $700. The cost of a 15 lb. bucket of Heat Stop was $20 and a 5' X 2' strip of 1" ceramic blanket for plugging the gaps where I sealed this at the throat was $35.

If I lose the ceramic wrap and pour vermiculite mixed with portland cement around the liner which would cost $300 to $400 on its own, the cost of the liner with insulation drops to no more than $500 depending on how many $12 bags of vermiculite are needed. You are paying for peoples time when you contract the work out. This is not hard work but it isn't fun either.
If you need more information than this then email me directly. Anonymous posts requesting information require me to post on my own site and often the posts are old and not being read much any more.


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