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help - fireplace in pre-war apartment building

Posted by tsmom (My Page) on
Mon, Sep 22, 08 at 2:24

we are renovating an apartment in a 1920s building. living room has wood burning fireplace and it's anybody's guess when it was last cleaned or used. any suggestions on what the steps I should take to make sure it is clean and safe? help much appreciated!

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RE: help - fireplace in pre-war apartment building

First, speak to other occupants in the building to find out what they have done. Second, speak to Management to get their take on the safety and serviceability of the fireplaces. Third, if uncertain about the condition and cleanliness of the chimney, hire a chimney sweep to clean it and while he's doing that ask his opinion. If he's reasonably good and has a trained eye, he can probably tell you a thing or two about it. Given the age of the thing, you might not like what you hear. For instance, you need a new liner because the chimney has aged, and/or you need a new chimney cap. Nothing you can't correct with some money.

RE: help - fireplace in pre-war apartment building

thanks haus proud. very good advice. I did speak to the super today, who is going to ask other tenants for names of chimney sweeps they've used.

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