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Denzil
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Chimney repairs

My chimney needs some work, because water comes in when it rains, and next door can smell smoke when I light the woodburner. I have just been quoted for fitting a stainless chimney liner and  a new register plate, rendering/waterproofing the stack, and fitting a cowl, all for about £1000.
Has anyone had similar work done recently? How does that price sound?
The quote is from a local chimney/stove specialist who I know because they keep their horses in the field next to me. It would be nice to give them the business, as long as the cost is reasonable.
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Re: Chimney repairs

Sounds pretty reasonable to me.
198kHz
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Re: Chimney repairs

I had something similar a few years back - about £1200.
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Re: Chimney repairs

Sounds reasonable to me too. I just had someone rebuild/repoint a small ( unused ) chimney stack and install 'dry verging'. Cost £550.
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Re: Chimney repairs

Sounds ok, but it's always worth getting 2 or 3 quotes to be sure.
John
itsme
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Re: Chimney repairs

Quote from: Denzil
My chimney needs some work, because water comes in when it rains, and next door can smell smoke when I light the woodburner.


If you burn wood and the chimney is not already lined if I was your neighbour it will not be the smell of smoke that I be concerned with but the build up of tar in the chimney.
idlewis
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Re: Chimney repairs

You may wish install the invisiblehand toolbar and they give you the the cheapest option first and it is free.
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Re: Chimney repairs

Or, if you live in (or near) one of the authorities that operates Buy With Confidence, you could try here
Denzil
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Re: Chimney repairs

Quote from: itsme
If you burn wood and the chimney is not already lined if I was your neighbour it will not be the smell of smoke that I be concerned with but the build up of tar in the chimney.

I sweep it regularly anyway, and don't burn damp wood if I can help it, so it should be OK.
Quote from: hulls
Or, if you live in (or near) one of the authorities that operates Buy With Confidence, you could try here

Nice idea, but I'm in Cornwall, which isn't covered.
Quote from: idlewis
You may wish install the invisiblehand toolbar and they give you the the cheapest option first and it is free.

Interesting, but it appears to include mostly gadget retailers, not local builders. Smiley
Community Veteran
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Re: Chimney repairs

Hi Denzil
Devon is covered, and has a very good scheme, if you're not too far into deepest, darkest Cornwall, then I'm sure they'd travel, and you could always hassle your local Trading Standards to join up.  Wink tradingstandards@cornwall.gov.uk
John

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Re: Chimney repairs

Sounds similar to the costs I'd expect.
(It'll make sweeping less arduous too  for the future Wink )
NorthRiding
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Re: Chimney repairs

I had a concrete lining fitted in my c1750 brick chimney which was not in a good state. It cost me not much more that a SS lining, was done in a day with very little disruption and has been fantastic (probably the strongest part of the building??)
This address (http://www.chimneycrete.com/linings.htm) shows the options available and although this is a Yorkshire company, I expect there may be something similar (although probably not as good) locally to you. Perhaps they might like to come to Cornwall on their (working) holidays? Hope this helps