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    Fred's Chimney Magic
    Dirty job done without a mess. Pleasant and thorough. Respectful of property. Although they provide other services, they didn't try to sell us something we didn't want or need. Would recommend and hire again
    - Karen H.
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    IRISH SWEEPS CHIMNEY LTD
    Our longtime heating oil dealer, who does all our boiler maintenance, has mentioned for a few years that the draft on the flue was starting to deteriorate. This year, they told us that we needed to get the flue cleaned immediately. We contacted Augie's, which is the sweep that has an excellent local reputation. When they inspected the flue, they said that they couldn't clean it because it would require cutting into the chimney from somewhere in the house, and that that was not work that they did. They recommended we call Irish Sweeps, who they praised. Irish Sweeps is a small, family company, which has been around for decades. I was happy to see that they are members of the appropriate professional organizations as referenced in the Angie's List article on chimney sweeps, and have an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau. These are important things to check in a profession in which many shady operations abound. I noticed that Irish Sweeps had only a couple of recent reviews on Angie's List, which is explained by the fact that they find business almost exclusively by referral, something that speaks highly of them. Irish Sweeps sent Brian to do the inspection. Brian is smart, very kind and patient, and knows his business. After inspecting everything, he explained that the best way to get into the boiler chimney was through the firebox of our main fireplace, because that could easily be restored to pristine condition, as opposed to cutting though our walls. Removing and replacing bricks is apparently not a big deal to people who know what they are doing. While he was here, I mentioned that we had had some water infiltration from around an unused chimney, and that others had said that it should be demolished and rebuilt. He had a look, and said that much of the chimney was pretty tight, but it did need to be repointed (replacing the mortar that had fallen away) and that there were obvious defects in the flashing. The chimneys had not been repointed in 50 years, so this made sense. He proposed to repoint all three chimneys, rebuild the masonry ���crowns��� on them, and fix the flashing on the one that was leaking. They proposed a price that was fair ��� if they did high-quality work that solved the issues and left the home looking good. After some deliberation, we retained Irish Sweeps to proceed with the work. On the appointed day, their crew arrived on time ��� four men in two trucks, led by Brian, and they immediately set to work. I appreciated that Brian made an effort to minimize traffic through the house, proposing that we open a long-unused outside door that was steps from the main fireplace. That was brilliant. He also made a point to prepare the area inside the house with dropcloths all around, and asked first before moving anything, which I then gave him carte blanche to do. I realized how an experienced company can handle things with minimal involvement by me. I didn't have to point out anything to them in the basement about our boiler and oil-fired hot water heater. They found the cutoff switches for all of that on their own, turning it off before opening the flue and all back on and running as soon as it was safe to do so. They also found the necessary water spigots and electrical sockets outside, and asked if it was okay to use them, which it of course was. Brian and another man cleaned out our main fireplace, and then set to work opening a hole in that fireplace into the adjacent chimney, while the other two men went to work on the roof. On a very hot day, they worked tirelessly to wire-brush the bricks on the chimneys so they looked much nicer, and then repointed everywhere that needed it. Clearly this was necessary: as I was looking at them work, I happened to notice one of the men just pull a brick from one chimney by hand, because there was nothing holding it in place. Despite this, Brian assured me that the chimneys were solid, except for the necessary repointing. (He could have easily told me, as a roofing company did, that one chimney needed to be demolished and rebuilt, and that little demonstration with the brick might have convinced me, so I appreciate his honesty.) The chimneys look very nice now, particularly with the new crowns on each. Irish Sweeps spent a long time reworking the flashing on the leaking chimney, which hopefully will solve that infiltration problem. Because of an impending storm, the men carefully wrapped their work in plastic for the night, which they came back the next day to remove; they did the wrapping in a way that allowed us to operate our boiler and hot water heater until they returned to remove it. On the furnace flue, Irish Sweeps removed two large wet/dry vacuum cleaner bags of crud ��� probably 30 years of debris. Plainly their efforts to access the flue through the fireplace were successful. When I went back later to look at how they had rebuilt the firebox, you couldn't tell that they had ever been there, except that it was cleaner. If I hadn't seen the big hole they had opened, I would have thought they hadn't started yet. In short, Irish Sweeps approached this job thoughtfully, and with respect towards our early-1900s home. Every person was exceptionally-polite, respectful, knowledgeable and kind, the kind of people you are happy to welcome into your home (although because of the dirtiness of their job, these fine young men made an effort to minimize their time in the house and their travel through it). You could see the enormous amount of effort they put into accomplishing their work, the care they took in doing it, and the quality and experience that made it go smoothly and with no harm to the premises. Four men spent basically a whole day at our home, working diligently, and we are very happy with the result. I have every confidence that our oil dealer will be happy with the flow through our flue, and that we will finally have solved the water infiltration problem around the unused chimney. It's always worth paying a little more for a quality job, and, assuming that there are no issues going forward, we feel that we got our money's worth. We highly recommend Irish Sweeps.
    - William C.
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    L & R Fireplace & Barbecue Center Inc.
    The services provided by Richie and L&R Fireplace were exceptional. The corner fireplace facade we had built for us is beautiful and was installed perfectly. Richie and his team were knowledgeable, professional and very easy to work with.
    - Michael K.
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    Fred's Chimney Magic
    The service from Fred's Chimney Magic/JFT was excellent. They installed a new damper and cleaned the chimney for our new home in a timely and thorough manner. They explained what was being done along the way and provided advice for future maintenance. In addition, they happily climbed on the roof to work even with the bad weather.
    - Michael K.
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    Quality 1st Maintenance
    They showed up on time.  Chimney and flues were cleaned.  They took a video of the exterior of the chimney and showed me missing bricks and mortar.  For once, a chimney cleaner didn't try to sell me a drop in liner.  He gave me a quote on repointing the chimney which was very reasonable.  Would definitely recommend them and use them again.
    - Ian N.
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    ALL ASPECTS HOME IMPROVEMENT
    I cannot rave enough about how much I love this company.  I am VERY meticulous about how work is done, what it should look like and cleanliness, and especially with doors and how they should open and close. 2 men removed, discarded and replaced all doors and put on the molding in less than 1 week.  They cleaned up after every job so well that I could not even tell they were there. The painter was so meticulous on sealing all finishing nail holes, he even removed and replaced tape that was peeling in all of the corners and ceiling. His painting made it look like the house was new construction.  I was so happy with this company's work, I have already scheduled them for the next job- replacing/ updating my fireplace.
    - Emanuela A.
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    Fred's Chimney Magic
    The staff was knowledgable, friendly and punctual. They explained a great deal about my fireplace and provided valuable information. They cleaned up after themselves thoroughly and did not attempt to upsell me at any point or suggest more expensive options. I highly reccomend this company.
    - Jeffrey R.
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    J Morisco Contracting Corp Inc
    This was a thinking project.  Jim had to figure out how to remove prior contractor's sloppy and inadequate job by removing pieces of trim inside and outside without jeopardizing the large sheet of glass.  Not a job that most would take on.  Jim did an incredible job.  He figured it out, and executed the job in an extremly smart and meticulous manner. His workmanship is impeccable.  I plan to hire Jim for future projects and would highly recommend him.
    - Carol A.
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    Fred's Chimney Magic
    They were good. They were very knowledgeable as to what needed to be done. They were punctual. Their price was reasonable. The only thing that was upsetting to me was that when he drilled up from my basement, he drilled up into my wood floor in my kitchen. He did come back to remove the screw he put through and offered me some compensation, but the offer was disappointing. It's in a discrete location, but I know that it's there. It needs to be fixed. They only offered me a $50.00 compensation. I called them again because I smelt gas fumes coming from the flue and they told me to call the fire department. I told them I wasn't going to call the fire department and that they needed to come back to check it. I ended up calling our gas provider and they took care of it. He said he was going to come back and fix the floor, but he didn't even know if it was real wood or not, so I decided he was not the person to fix my floor. They were responsive but it was like pulling teeth.
    - Audra L.
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    Fred's Chimney Magic
    Everything went fine.  We used a Angie's List deal, but it only covered the chimney sweep for the fireplace, not our furnace, so we added another one.  They were very accommodating during scheduling.  I had to reschedule several times.
    - Debbie A.
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