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Help! My chimney is smoking!

My chimney has started smoking and I can't figure out why. What should I do?

Stopping Birds from getting in my chimney

How can I prevent birds from getting in my chimney? They are making a ruckus and keeping me up all night long!

I don't want to hurt them though.

Do I need to remove metal flue before bricking up fireplace

I would like to close off a fire place, but it has a metal flue in place from the now redundant and removed gas fire. Having read around the subject I am aware it will need ventilation by means of an air brick and capped at chimney end. What I would like to know is if the metal flue should be removed before I have it bricked up or is it ok just to leave it in place?
Many thanks in advance for any replies.

Block a flue but retain fireplace openeing?

I have opened an upstairs fireplace (was previously bricked up at the opening only) and would like to block the flue to stop the draught but retain the fireplace as an aesthetic feature in the room. The fireplace below has previously been boarded with downlights installed and then rendered.

How should I block the flue? Will I need ventilation for this?

Chimney removal

I am looking to remove a chimney breast in the upstairs bedroom. Directly below is the kitchen which has no chimney breast. I am looking to also completely remove the chimney stack as it is damaged. What kind of support would I require to remove the chimney breast upstairs? It is a 1940s semi-detached property, the adjacent property has no chimney breasts on their side.

Internal damp patch and sound of drips when raining. what should i do ?

Mid terrace home, had fire places removed 10-11years ago but whenever it rains we hear the sound of internal drips both in upstairs bedroom and living room directly below. No evidence of 'leak ' in loft but damp yellow-brown patches are appearing on ceilings of both rooms - have had chimney pots capped and new lead flashing but still facing original problem whenever it rains - any ideas ?? thanks will look into 'cowl'gc2 , have also been told to get 'pointing' done i.e the mortar between bricks on chimney stack !

Opening chimney back up - roofer or builder?


I have a potential leak in my roof, where an old chimney has been removed and replaced with tiles. Rather than fix the issue, I'm looking to open the chimney back up, would I need to contact a roofer or a builder for this?


EDIT: Thanks Keith, I'll ring around and see if there are any in the area who use their own roofer.

Want to remove chimney breast in sitting room (no chimney breast in room above sitting room)

Hi, we are currently buying a house that has a lounge and a sitting room - we want to knock down the adjoining wall to create one space but the sitting room has a gas fire in a fireplace in the chimney breast. The house has a chimney stack that runs up the side of the house but whats odd is that there is no chimney breast in the upstairs bedroom directly above the sitting room - does this mean its already been removed or is the chimney stack in the sitting room false? I'm imagining if we take it down we'll be left with a cavity that goes into the stack is that right? Obviously we'll get professionals in but wanted some idea as we aren't able to go into the house and have nose!

The house was built in 1999.


removal of chimney breasts

I am currently buying a property and during the valuation, the surveyor highlighted a potential issue with regards to the removal of the chimney stack during an extension work. He was concerned that the remaining part of the chimney stack was not properly supported. However a following full structural survey discovered that: "The chimneybreast to the rear rooms on the ground and first floor have been removed back to party wall level and the remaining part of the chimneybreast in the roof space is now supported on timber beams which all appeared sound, with no sign of movement in the structure.".

Should I be concerned by wooden beam support or should I be OK with the fact that it has been in the property for nearly 20 years with no signs of movement in the structure? In other words, would a steel beam absolutely necessary or can I live with the way the chimney stack are supported now?

does granite crack under the heat of a wood burner?

We will soon be getting a wood burner fitted in our sitting room and are deciding on which type of hearth and inset to have. We have been told that a granite hearth is more likely to crack under the heat of a wood burner than slate or limestone. Is this true? and which is the best stone for a hearth

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