Katy Elliott

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Day 2: Removing Brick From Old Chimney

Posted on | July 22, 2010 | 3 Comments

The old chimney is gone! Well the top part at least. The old bricks came down pretty quick. Our mason started at 8 am by 10 it was completely gone. It was quite amusing to be making coffee in the kitchen with bricks falling like rain outside the window. Our second floor den and fireplace are filled with dust and small bricks. By noontime the bricks were loaded onto his truck and taken away.

While all this was going on Greg was out sailing for the day. After spending the last two years doing all the renovation work ourselves it was amazing to be able to pay someone else to do the work. So luxurious…

After lunch the mason came back with a truck full of dirt which he separated out into buckets. All the new bricks were brought up onto the roof. Tomorrow he starts the rebuild. Below photos and a short video of the demolition.

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3 Responses to “Day 2: Removing Brick From Old Chimney”

  1. Chaucee
    July 22nd, 2010 @ 7:11 pm

    Wow that looks like tough work! At least your coffee didn’t get anything in it :P


  2. ctstyle
    July 26th, 2010 @ 11:39 am

    I love the mason’s outfit!He looks like he should be off sailing with your husband.


  3. Francis Casini
    January 1st, 2013 @ 7:36 pm

    I and my son are 3rd and 4th gen masons located in ct.I just looked at your photos which remind me of my neighbors home in that
    he has practically the same scenario.He did have that big 7’by 6’high kitchen fireplace with a bee hive oven which I’ll bet you hav behind that wall. Funny I think I see 2 outlines of thimbles that someone installed for stoves in the past,and that’s exactly what the case was next door.We rebuilt the kitch firebox and repointed all the other fireplaces as well as fabricated dampers for all 4.
    We also crawled into the chimney and chiseled the lime mortar and reparged it. It was a large chimney,say 5×5 that devided off as it neared each fireplace….and that’s where it got tough,because we had to do some face down! The worse part was the piles of mice droppings that were accumulating there for many years due to non use!
    They hired a builder from Mass. whom specialized in historical homes [sunderland]and wanted to leave the kitchen firebox as was, because he insisted it was original, but I removed it at anyhow and found the real stone face behind it…..which we rebuilt.

    All turned out well and every now and then
    the mrs.thanks me but I never did get any work from the builder,.oh well!
    On my sites I have a pic of the large kitchen fireplace completed.It has plaster above the mantle and blue waynes scoting to each side whith the oven on the left and inside the large firebox.

    I did notice the roof on your home as it seems the mason treated it as if it was to be replaced…?
    Hope all turns out well and I loved the old fireplaces. Frank


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