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    adventures in chimney sweeping

    As long as you use the proper size brush and aren't trying to jam a 6" brush down a 5.5" liner....or an 8" down a 6"...you should be fine with a poly brush. If the liner was crushed somewhere when it was installed that would be a different story though. The stiff poly brush will go, should go...
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    Help! Can’t get liner down.

    Boy if that isn't an understatement!
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    The saga continues... getting the chimney ready

    The anchor plates I've used have a male adapter on the bottom with a clamp to hold the liner secure. You pretty much need 4 hands and a nut driver to keep everything in place.
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    Recommendations For an Insert

    The guy is in business to make a living not just break even and give everything away. Many things don't "seem complicated" when we look at them on YouTube but 2 hours into it we're wishing we would have let it alone and had it done the right way.
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    The saga continues... getting the chimney ready

    I would cut the tile off flush and tapcon the transition plate to the top of the crown along with adhesive to seal around the edges and add a 3 or 4 foot piece, whatever you decide, and it'll be fine. Going up another 10 or 12 feet is a whole different setup.
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    Recommendations For an Insert

    I have no idea what the particulars are of the house but if that includes the liner then I'd say he's giving you a good deal. Wait.....Nope, I double checked, that's a great deal for a CI2700 (model number is changed) including the liner and installation. You'd better jump quick because the...
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    The saga continues... getting the chimney ready

    If push came to shove and you needed to extend the height of the chimney and liner you could get rid of the big cap and use a piece of Class-A with the proper adapter at the top of the liner. I suppose you could also cut a hole in the top of the big cap and run the pipe through it too.
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    FP Insert Questions - advice please

    Regency has a couple nice flush mount contemporary fireplace inserts with different btu ratings that might appeal to you. www.regency-fire.com As begreen said, any insert will require an insulated liner and if you're trying to heat the house as opposed to burning through your wood pile you want...
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    Any repair advice?

    You could try asking your neighbors who they use and if they're satisfied. Find someone that has been in business a while and has a good reputation. Sometime that takes a little legwork. The CSIA link is helpful but not necessarily an indicator of quality of work. It does indicate that they can...
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    New thimble install

    Yes there is a 2" clearance to combustibles from the outside of the thimble if I'm reading it correctly although I'm not sure because they made the damn diagram so small I can't even read it with my glasses on! Your stud bay is probably only 14.5 inches. You will need to see what the...
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    repair clay flue before installing liner ?

    That's an 8x8 flue liner. You have precious little chance of getting an insulated liner down the inside of that unless you're venting a pellet stove insert.
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    Most economical solution for ZC replacement?

    I removed a prefab, Heatilator I think, and installed a Regency ex90. The existing chimney that served the prefab was also listed for use with the new Regency so all we needed was an adapter and a couple elbows of matching material. And we had to build out the chase and extra 4" because it...
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    Block off plate - opinions please

    I like it but like Dmitry asks...what's holding it in place? Pretty much looks like you made it slightly oversize and wedged it in there which likely would work but it theoretically could slide down when someone runs a brush up and down the liner. I'd not worry about the seal around the liner as...
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    New thimble install

    In your photo... did you slide the crock up to the face of the liner or through the hole to just inside the liner and cement around it?
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    New thimble install

    If you look back at Bholler's post with the pics you will read that he indeed installed a terra-cotta crock, cemented to the tile and then the thimble around the crock. The thimble eliminates the need for the 12" of solid masonry around the crock, not the need for the crock. I imagine part of...
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    SS 5.5" M-Flex Liner??

    The liners I've physically measured have worked out to 5.5" ID is 6"OD and 6" ID is 6.325" OD. When they specify 6" they don't specify ID or OD. Just another point of confusion.
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    Clinkers in a wood stove? Or sintered ash?

    Depending on where you get your wood it could be something that was on the tree, like a eye bolt or something, and the tree grew around it and you were fortunate enough not to find it with your chainsaw.
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    First year with wood insert, not really helping . . . please help!

    That deflector has been replaced with a removable/replaceable heat deflector.
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    New thimble install

    It's on Ebay so you know it's quality made.... https://www.ebay.com/itm/6-Dry-Diamond-Core-Drill-Bits-for-Brick-Concrete-Block-Masonry-5-8-11-Threaded/171986571719?hash=item280b32d1c7:g:-OsAAOSwqrtWnXrq:rk:7:pf:0 8" available too!
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    New thimble install

    Never seen a 6.5" core bit for something like this. 4" but not bigger. I'm sure somebody has something but you're going to need a seriously big tool to drive that puppy. No puns please...... I didn't know HD would rent tools. Is that something new?
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    First year with wood insert, not really helping . . . please help!

    From the face of the fireplace the ash lip in front of the stove is basically 10.5" on the hearth. You need another 16" in front of that. I'd look on the data plate which is under the blower in front and get the serial number to verify the manufacture date but 1500 bucks is a steal if it's new...
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    New thimble install

    My experience....No easy way to cut through the terracotta with out ending up cracking the damn thing or breaking something and ending up needing a liner to go with the new thimble. You can try drilling a hundred smaller diameter holes around the circle with a masonry bit and then using a demo...
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    First year with wood insert, not really helping . . . please help!

    I don't think it's a big problem but you are aware that all you had to really do with the insulation was wedge enough around the liner and damper frame at the top of the firebox to firmly stay in place....right? Stuffing it up the chimney and packing around the firebox is a bit of overkill but...
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    Hearth Renovation

    Since both materials are non-combustible and their combined thickness exceeds 1" and meets the required R value you should be fine. If you're referring to the brick face of the fireplace, which is theoretically what's behind the paneling, there are specific requirements but 6" to either side...
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    Hearth Renovation

    Honestly, forget laying it out somewhere. I had the same idea on the very first job I did.....complete waste of time. You leave to big of a gap somewhere and the entire layout is screwed. The best bet is to take an entire box or two of material and lay them out on a drop cloth or tables where...
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    Hearth Renovation

    If you make it a partial mantle then you're going to have to cut a bunch of little pieces to fit along the edges between the mantle and bookshelf. I'd go side to side. Are you going to paint it or stain it? The one in my picture was made to look like a beam from rough cut oak but it's actually...
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    Chimney Liner Question

    It appears that you say he said it couldn't be installed. The reason isn't clear. Full liner is always the way to go. The material costs are minimal in comparison to the potential issues and expense down the road. An experienced installer will know that. Saving money is always a great idea but...
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    Chimney top rebuild, Liner/Insert install, Data logging

    If you're venting a natural gas appliance I'd look in to running a stainless liner down that one soon. Otherwise all that beautiful masonry work could get ruined over time from the condensation inside the flue.
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    Chimney Liner Question

    I don't understand why the liner can not be run from the top and be hooked up to the original stove but he can install an 8" liner from the new stove up through the damper to the terracotta liner above the smoke chamber. I'd guess you have a really steep roof or high chimney that he doesn't want...
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    Hearth Renovation

    The vibrating multi-tool suggested above would be the tool to use. Again, patience is key. Once you remove the paneling you'll know what you have behind there and what you're up against. Time wise - IF you have all your materials in place AND everything is what you expect it to be AND...