New Chimneys for The Pit

Late Summer Projects

While I didn’t get as much done on the house as I had hoped this summer, too many other priorities, we did get a pretty good chunk of work done.

One of the last projects for the season was having the old chimneys rebuilt. They were both in very bad shape. One is still in use as a fireplace, the other has not been used in many years. I think it was for an old coal furnace and perhaps a cook stove in the kitchen. It was poorly capped, parged and crooked and was home to lots of bats. The fireplace chimney looked ok, but was falling apart. It was time for them to go.

In June I had hired a mason to do the job before having the roof done. Unfortunately he never showed up for the job and when I pressed him he said he had hurt his knees and could not do the job. To redeem himself, he did arrange for someone else to take on the project, a part time mason who teaches brick laying at a college in Toronto. He came out and agreed to take on the job.

A week later he showed up and with a helper set up scaffolding and got to work. The following weekend I “volunteered” to do the labour for him, which actually was enjoyable, but lots of work. Below is a gallery of pictures of the project.

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About the Author:

I'm your host, Tim Warris, a product developer in Port Dover, Ontario. Since March of 2007 I have been documenting the construction of the former CNJ Bronx Terminal in HO scale. For my day job, I design track building tools for Fast Tracks, a small company I own and operate. Fast Tracks makes it fast and easy to hand lay your own trackwork. Stop by our website to learn more!

Posted by: Tim | 11-02-2008 | 10:11 AM
Posted in: Latest Posts | Our Old House

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  1. Congratulations on your work thus far in restoring that handsome old house. It is a noble effort. If more people would do what you are doing, instead of being suckered into buying vinyl-sided, flimsy development houses, we could redeem the best parts of our old towns and cities.

    Comment by Stephen Masri — May 9, 2009 @ 5:53 am

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