chimney

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    Damp: Ceilings off chimney breast

    Hi, Hoping you can help guide me with some of your thoughts with a damp problem I’m having in two upstairs bedrooms off the chimney. This seems to have been more of a problem in one room than the other for some time although in our other room the paint was cracking around this area which makes...
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    Chimney stack removal

    Morning all, Next problem to tackle. Old chimney was rendered years ago ( not sure when) and I had it stormdried 2 months ago but water is still tracking through the brick work and then running down the face inside the loft. 100% sure it is not a problem with the roof all soakers in place...
  3. J

    gable end decorative brickwork - mystery!

    We have decorative brickwork on a gable end period cottage. In 2020 a total renovation was carried out. As part of this a new chimney stack was built, the original roof tiles were taken off, and a new roof membrane laid with the original tiles put back on, lead around stack. The brickwork on...
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    Chimney Repair Blues...What to do?

    Hi. My half of a shared chimney was recently worked on to repair a leak. Leadwork was replaced and the chimney was repointed. As I know next to nothing regarding these matters I thought I would offer some photos of the result for peer review. Is there anything that looks like a major issue...
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    Chimney Damp Issues

    Hi, As somebody who’s completely uneducated in this particular problem I’d appreciate some support. Cheers in advance. Having a damp problem in two upstairs rooms either side of our chimney. (Pictures) Nothing downstairs. Has seemed to seasonally come and go as rain is more consistent but...
  6. Z

    Water leaking in from chimney stack

    After every rain I can see damp patches on the chimney breast in the bedrooms of my first and second floor. had several roofers come round to quote but none followed up and one point blank told me that he "didn't fancy it" because of the height. In the end I had someone come in and but "a...
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    Chimney leak in a new roof...please help

    I've had a complete reroof done (new membrane, same tiles, new guttering, a few rafters reinforced and a new render around chimneys). I did that as a preventative measure as the roof membrane was very old, but had no leaks. 3 months after the roof was done a serious leak developed on the top of...
  8. Avoidingdisaster

    Reconstructing original fireplace opening

    Hello all, I would love a couple of pointers please ‍(y) I live in a 1980’s built house with an external chuted brick/block built fireplace. It has already had one modification done to it prior to me moving in, the original was a floor to lintel opening - using a redbank lintel (I excavated...
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    Opening up fireplace

    Hi all, iv been in the process of opening up a middle floor fire place on a late victorian house and eventually installing a wood burner. when getting level to the constructional hearth it is non existent. It appears that in the past the hearth has been removed to install an old kitchen...
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    Leak coming through stairwell ceiling - multiple roofers contacted, but no clear solution?

    Hi all, In recent months, I noticed a leak coming through the middle of our house whenever the rain was heavy and constant. Our house is an old Victorian House with a slate roof, which is pitched, with a chimney in the 'gulley' in-between where the two roofs meet. One roofer said it was likely...
  11. speedfox

    Pointing below damp proof course, and damp patch on wall.

    Hi, I have two issues with an external wall. One issues is that the pointing in the brickwork below the damp proof course seems to be in a bad state of repair. The other is that there is a damp patch on the wall behind the chimney breasts, and it seems to have an odd "rainbow" shape to it. The...
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    bathroom venting through a chimney

    Hi all, Im turning my back bedroom into a bathroom and been scratching my head around how to get an extractor vent in as the external wall is over a lean-to roof and pebble dashed. The room used to have a chimney breast in it which has been removed by the previous owners, the chimney stack in...
  13. O

    Concrete flue gatherer removal

    Hello! I've been trying to research the best way to open up the fireplace to fit a wood burning stove, although I found similar threads on here I've not found any with the same type of concrete slab gatherer as mine. It looks like a solid concrete throated lintel gatherer type Not only...
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    Roofing chimney advice please

    So we recently bought a house that had a chimney breast removed and supported at loft level on brackets. I noticed when heavy rain there was water coming through the chimney stack and hitting the ceiling causing a stain below. there was already mushroom caps fitted and the haunching on the top...
  15. joyful88

    Leaking into loft by chimney

    We noticed a leak by our chimney in the loft a few months ago when it rains. We have had the ridge tiles replaced and a new chimney cap placed to try and solve the issue. The next suggestion is repointing the chimney, though it’s not very obvious that this needs doing. Is there any other...
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    Asbestos in plaster

    Hi all, Currently renovating 1930s house and started removing some plaster from a bricked up fire place to open in back up. Part way up the plaster changes from what looks like normal multi-finish to what looks like multi-finish with asbestos within it? Was asbestos ever used in wet plaster...
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    Chimney cowl for mice prevention?

    Hi, what kind of chimney cowl is available to prevent mice from entering, given mice can squeeze through 6-7mm holes? We have 3 gas chimneys in old vicortian semi we are looking to protect from mice entering. Thanks
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    Major concerns with chimney

    The previous owners of our property converted the loft. When we were going through conveyancing we received a building control certificate stating that the loft conversion was done to standards, and was signed off. However I can’t see any evidence of a chimney breast within the loft space? I’m...
  19. J

    Builders opening 60's House

    Hi there, looking for any advice and help. We have recently renovated our house (built in 1963), standard brick construction. When we moved in, we had a 70s mistermister type gas fire. We had this disconnected and the small builders opening plastered over. I have attached pictures, for...
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    Gas fire to electric stove

    Hi, looking for some guidance, this might be long because I don’t know if it makes sense! We had an old gas fire in our 70’s build house which we had removed (and capped off by a gas safe engineer), and were left with an ugly hole in the chimney breast. In the chimney breast is a metal...
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