The Anatomy of your Chimney

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Chimney MD


Lee - here's an article on chimney liners:
I recommend liners - they are safer and improve energy efficiency by reducing the temperature the actual chimney will heat up to. But they are expensive, so you must weigh the benefits against the costs.

Also - here is an article giving definitions to all the parts of a chimney:

Finally, I agree with John PO - get multiple estimates if you're thinking of getting major, expensive work done - many companies will give free estimates, so check in to that.



Has anyone used Stove Doctor in Pasadena,Md area?



My ceiling in my daughters room keeps leaking. I have done everything possible n the money wow. The leak is next too the chimney. But I have had everything done n still does the same I need help



need help in finding
reutable chimney cleaner/repairer in the Brockton,Ma. area

John Palker


When ever having estimates done PLEASE PLEASE have three estimates done. The BBB and google are great ways to find reviews and so on. Do not hire out of state chimney guys! We are having a problem in MA with NY scam sweeps leaving $5000 estimates on all the jobs. Sweeps Luck!!!



I was told my entire chimney needs to be re-done, however when the finance company would not extend the credit to cover the job, the contractor reconsidered their offer to only fix the 2 feet from the top of the chimney and 3-4 feet at the bottom of the chimney. Their reasoning was that the middle was proctected from the outdoor elements and that it wouldn't need as much attention. My reply was then you lied about needing the entire chimney needing to be fixed. How much can a complete chimney job cost? Is it safe to only fix part of the chimney?

sara chandler


I need someone to repair my flu on my fireplace

Andrea Mills


The wall above the fireplace (base assembly) in our living room has bowed and while it seems strong I am very concerned.



My house is about 60+ years old. I was told I need a chimmy lining. How do I know if I actually need them. Is it not safe to have a chimney cap if the chimney do actually need a lining. Thx!

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I second the original question (still unanswered). Speaking as someone who logged in today to try to find an attorney, I see this category as one that's exactly what I have my Angie's List membership for:

1. It's important that I find a good one
2. I'm not an expert enough to know myself who is a good one
3. The industry is full of advertisements and misinformation
4. I wish I knew what experiences other people have had

I don't care about lawns--I planted mine in clover and don't have to mow it. When I do need to mow I use a rotary Fiskars mower, which is great--or a scythe. That's right--a scythe (the European type, which is smaller, and it's very good exercise). Gas-powered mowers, chemical fertilizers and weed killers--all nasty stuff that gets into everyone's air, soil, and water. I'm sure my neighbor doesn't like my wildflowers, semi-wild pockets of fruit bushes, and unmown areas and yes, dandelions (I have 10 acres) but that's too bad. It's better habitat for wildlife, especially the pollinators on which our food supply depends. I think this obsession with the Great American Lawn is a waste of time and resources. Plant some food instead.

I'm not sure Angie et. al. want you to have a complete answer to this question. By re-subscribing at the Indiana State Fair in 2012, I think I paid $20.00 per year for a multi- year subscription. Maybe even less. At the other extreme--and I hope my memory isn't faulty about this--I think the price, for my area, for ONE year was an outrageous $70.00. And they debited me automatically without warning. I had to opt out of that automatic charge. I like Angie's List, but if some of the companies they monitor behaved the way they do in this respect, they'd be on some sort of Pages of Unhappiness. I'll be interested to see if this comment gets published or censored out of existence.

That's very difficult to answer without seeing the house. As one poster said, the prep is the most important part. On newer homes that don't have a lot of peeling paint, the prep can be very minimal even as low as a couple or a few hundred dollars for the prep labor.

On a 100 year old home with 12 coats of peeling paint on it, then the prep costs can be very high and can easily exceed 50% of the job's labor cost.

A 2100 sq ft two story home could easily cost $1000 just for the labor to prep for the paint job. That number could climb too. Throw in lots of caullking  or window glazing, and you could be talking a couple or a few hundred dollars more for labor.

Painting that home with one coat of paint and a different color on the trim could run roughly $1000 or more just for labor. Add a second coat  and that could cost close to another $1000 for labor.

For paint, you may need 20 gallons of paint. You can pay from $30-$70 for a gallon of good quality exterior paint. The manufacturer of the paint should be specified in any painting contract. Otherwise, the contractor could bid at a Sherwin-Williams $60 per gallon paint and then paint the house with $35 Valspar and pocket the difference. $25 dollars per gallon times 20 gallons? That's a pretty penny too.

That was the long answer to your question. The short answer is $2000 to $4000 and up, depending upon the amount of prep, the number of coats, the amount of trim, and the paint used.