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fl1960

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When should you rebuild?  Only after the cracks and problems start or should you
rebuild after a certain amount of time?
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MikeD

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Chimney masonry can usually last about a century depending on if the mortar is in good condition. When mortar deteriorates, the masonry and entire chimney system is exposed to moisture which leads to brickwork problems. The best way to keep brickwork in good shape is to keep moisture out, which means that sometimes mortar has to be replaced.  No need to just rebuild with no reason, just keep checking for problems.
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ladyroofer

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Keep your chimney clean and if its well built it will last a very  very long time.  No need to rebuild unless it is cracked or needs it.
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Handy Mandy

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Normally, from what my boyfriend has taught me, you only need to worry about sealing or caulking cracks when there is leaking or moisture build up inside the home. As long as you keep it clean and you focus on maintenance, you should have to worry about it.
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roofer-forever

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I usually go up on the roof at least a few times per year.  I check to make sure Santa can come down without any problems.  So far I haven’t needed to rebuild a chimney.
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Jake

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How many times have we all seen old homes in the country that have either burned down or deteriorated and the only thing left standing is the chimney?  My chimney has a dual flue and one side is cracked.  For the time being I have closed off that side until I can get up there and fix it.
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NoobRoofer

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Quote:
Originally Posted by roofer-forever
I usually go up on the roof at least a few times per year.  I check to make sure Santa can come down without any problems.  So far I haven’t needed to rebuild a chimney.


This is what I read to do. You want to check a few times and fix the tiny problems so they don't turn into big ones.
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Vintage

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Originally Posted by Jake
How many times have we all seen old homes in the country that have either burned down or deteriorated and the only thing left standing is the chimney?


During my travels through the midwest........more times than I can count. 

Chimneys aren't like anything else that are built nowadays. They are built to last.

I look at this like I would the foundation of a home.......the time when you start to see cracks is the time to take action.
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