Preparing for the installer

Gazing in Wonder Posted By Gazing in Wonder, Nov 9, 2011 at 12:46 AM

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  1. Gazing in Wonder

    Gazing in Wonder
    Member 2.

    Oct 14, 2011
    South Puget Sound
    I'm negotiating a little with my installer by offering to do what I can to make things easier for him. My ideas were to:

    1. Remove the glass doors over the fireplace opening.
    2. Vacuum out the firebox.
    3. Remove the damper.
    4. Remove the cap (I have a large internal chimney with three flues, all covered with a large metal cap.

    He said if I got these things done he would take $200 off the install estimate, but if it turned out that he had to torch out the damper (because it was a heatilator), that could add $150 back on.

    I've done steps 1 and 2. I've read a couple threads on here about damper removal. Some say it's a matter of finding the one bolt or cotter pin, and it comes out. Others say it's welded into the masonry, and to just use a hacksaw, sawzall, or angle grinder to cut a hole for the liner. But I think it depends on the kind of damper you have? My house was built in 1961 in western Washington state. I don't own a sawzall or angle grinder, but I guess I could get a new blade for the old hacksaw and have a go at it, if I knew where to cut. Any suggestions for the damper? Are there other things I can do to make things easier for the installer?

    Here's what it looks like:

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  2. nate379

    Guest 2.

    6er of beer and a couple sandwiches would make me happy if I was doing the install.
  3. begreen

    Mooderator 2.
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    Nov 18, 2005
    South Puget Sound, WA
    You're too easy Nate.

    GiW, get a cheap, chinese grinder and you should be able to do this.
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