Chimney Holes, Stair Stringers, and Other Surprises

All of a sudden and out of nowhere - chaos! Yesterday evening, the chimney guys arrived to begin construction. Yes, yesterday evening. They arrived around 5pm and worked until nearly 9pm. After those few hours, we had two brand new holes in the basement wall:

 And outside, we have the start of a chimney nearing ground level:

Bad news, some of our materials are the wrong size... the liners do not fit. Mike's going to have to make a call and see if we can get them exchanged. Once that's taken care of, the guys will return and it's up, up, and away with the rest of it.

Believe it or not, while the chimney guys were working, our neighbor stopped by and told us that our carpenter told him that Home Depot had the stair stringers we needed for the porch for just $15 each. He was going over there and offered to pick them up for us... uh, ok? And sure enough, he was back around 8pm with four stair stringers. So... the porch is all of a sudden happening again. After the stair stringers, we really don't need to purchase much more. The biggest ticket items will be the two railings and the 6 post end caps. Which I suppose I'll be ordering soon?

If that wasn't enough, I've still got bathroom on the brain. Last week I visited Lowes and picked up a brushed nickle mirror for over the sink:

I also ordered the Rubbermaid FastTrack Pantry Kit - from Amazon. Theirs was just $116 with free shipping, as compared to Lowes $149. (And I did check it out while I was at Lowes - they had one left in stock and it had already been opened. No thank you. It was meant to be, I saved big bucks buying through Amazon instead.)

The kit is due to be delivered next Monday, so I'm hoping Mike will be able to take a break from all his other tasks to install it for me.


Plumbing said...

Regular cleaning of your chimney is an important part of maintaining your chimney. It is also necessary to do it in order to reduce the risk of chimney fires. But cleaning your chimney doesn't mean just making it look nice and shiny. When you clean your chimney, you remove all of the hazardous and extremely flammable creosote in addition to the soot that tends to build up with regular use.

Kermit Lukacs said...

It seems that your chimney contractors are doing their best to do so much each day along their construction timeline, don’t you think? It’s really important to hire worthy contractors that can deliver the type of service that’s worth the long-term gain. Anyway, by the time you get your chimney up and working, be sure to have it swept regularly to prevent ash and soot from accumulating.

Kermit Lukacs