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Crumbling/leaking chimney solutions?

Posted by jeff jarvis on January 10th, 1998 08:32 AM

I need advice for a 25-year-old chimney that smells of wet ashes when it rains after I've had a fire in the fireplace. The latest expert (?) to come says our bricks are crumbling and thus leaking and we have to replace the chimney (for $15K); obviously, I'm looking for alternatives. They're not saying that the chimney is a safety hazard or ready to fall down; it's just seeping. Can I put a liner in (making sure it covers the firebox so any seepage can't get in and stink)? Are there any other solutions? Help (& thanks)

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