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Chimney & Fireplace Repair
updated: Jun 17, 2014, 7:31 AM

I just bought an old house with the chimney in disrepair. I need more than a chimney sweep. Do any EdHat subscribers know of a person or company who does fireplace & chimney repair - reasonably priced? I'd prefer to hire locally, but that is not set in stone (or brick).

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Magid Masonry

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 COMMENT 528574 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-17 07:57 AM

Tubular George


 COMMENT 528589 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-17 08:58 AM

We used Magid Masonry. Be aware that it may not be possible to "repair" an old chimney so that it is all masonry/brick again. More likely they will run a metal chimney up through the old broken chimney. While they are there, consider putting in a gas fireplace with ceramic logs. They look very authentic and you don't have to go out on a rainy night and get wood . They can turn off and on with a wall switch or even a remote, and you don't have to worry about leaving the house with a log still burning.


 FLICKA agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-17 09:06 AM

Hope you get a good repair job. As to gas logs, we have a gas starter, makes it easier to light the fire w/o kindling, but nothing is as nice as a fire with real wood; it's our only source of heat. Good luck getting your job done.


 COMMENT 528596 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-17 09:21 AM

Flicka: Right you are about there being nothing as nice as a "real" fire with firewood. A few years ago I had a gas starter installed in my fireplace and wonder now how I ever got along without it. I used to have my neighbor save her daily local newspapers for me to use as kindling and now I don't have to. Besides, she eventually cancelled her subscription too, so I'd probably be rubbing sticks together now if I hadn't gotten my gas starter.


 COMMENT 528601 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-17 09:39 AM

Can anyone tell me about how much it costs to use the ceramic logs per hour?


 COMMENT 528614 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-17 10:18 AM

Fireplaces produce wood smoke particulate matter which tends "to be of the most potentially hazardous size — small enough to be inhaled into the deepest parts of the lungs." It contains higher levels of “probable” human carcinogens. It also has been shown to cause more damage to our DNA and more inflammation and contributes to turning on genes in ways linked to disease. Just quoting an American Chemical Society report from 2011. Not burning wood sounds like a good thing. Some cities are implementing restrictions, I have read.


 COMMENT 528622P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-17 10:56 AM

614: Life is hazardous to your health. If we worried about every possible exposure to carcinogens we'd all live under plexiglass cocoons.


 COMMENT 528623 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-17 10:57 AM

Fireplaces burn wood and create nasty smoke. Forest fires burn wood producing thousands of times more particulate contamination. Nothing is done to create the firebreaks that would stop the spread of fires. Follow the government lead and ignore particulate contamination.


 COMMENT 528628 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-17 11:10 AM

Magid masonry just repaired the interior of my fireplace. Did a good job and reasonably priced.


 COMMENT 528637 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-17 11:43 AM

Agree with 14 & 23. Yes, we are exposed to pollution daily, but why generate it on purpose for others to breathe and who likes cleaning those ashes anyway?

There are some beautiful gas logs and they give off heat without the pollution.


 FLICKA agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-17 11:50 AM

I like cleaning the ashes, they go into the compost. When it's cold enough at night to have a fire, I never see anyone out breathing the smoke. We breath fumes from cars all day (not on our street, rarely a car goes by).


 COMMENT 528646 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-17 12:05 PM

I regularly suffer inhaling the wood smoke of my neighbors which comes into my West Side house with or without the windows being open -- even on extremely warm evenings. Largely, most people are uninformed that wood smoke is hazardous to their health, their children's lungs and others. I believe in being informed and considering a risk when there is a choice to act differently. Burning wood for heat is not always a necessity and bad health is ugly.


 COMMENT 528675P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-17 01:27 PM

Magid Masonry & Fireplace Repair. Been in business here forever and repaired our chimney a few years ago. In and out. Very efficient and owner knows what's what.



 COMMENT 528680P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-17 01:39 PM

646. I have complete and utter sympathy for you. My neighbor used to start up his fireplace at 1:30am, 3:30am, 4:30am. He finally stopped doing that-----I hope.

Now he likes to burn a fire, occasionally, even on a perfectly lovely 70-75ºF day. The smoke is appalling. I think he burns 1/2 green oak or trash or something. The clouds of smoke make my back and front yard look like there's a wildfire. There's no way to keep the smoke out, even with closed doors and windows.

The side of my house facing neighbor's chimney is getting the brunt of all this nasty soot and smoke. I tried talking with the guy, but he's one of those "It's my property, I'll do what I want and stop whining about how anything I might do will affect your enjoyment of your home and property." A really PITA neighbor.

Now he has an outdoor fire pit, too. Air Pollution Control District guy I spoke with told me such horror stories about 2nd hand fireplace smoke, and problems other people have shared with him, he made me feel better about my situation----no kidding. I feel for you. No one can understand what it's like, unless they've suffered through it. Cough, cough.


 COMMENT 528791P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-17 06:39 PM

I'm with 680P. We have neighbors who live upwind who use their fireplace for any occasion (like a 60-degree evening) and let the fires smolder all night long. If the smoke gets in our house, we're doomed, and we can't use our yard in the evening or morning hours. Don't suggest we talk to them about it. They'd accelerate their usage. We haven't used our fireplace for years and applaud the cities that acknowledge the impact of wood fires.


 COMMENT 528870 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-18 09:36 AM

Wow, the smoke has caused one poster to repeat their post 4 times in a row. One of the known hazards of wood smoke. I think the government should not only ban fires in fireplaces it should be a felony to go camping if you build a campfire. There the smoke has an uncanny ability to follow you no matter where you stand or sit around the campfire.


 COMMENT 528953 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-18 12:03 PM

Chimney Sweep. They have been around for years. 693-8228. The original owner is a fire captain.



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