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Old 13-10-2010, 1:09 PM
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My neighbour pointed out to me the state of my chimney, I never look up there.

Its all crumbling with loose bits of brick all over the roof, she said it has worsened since the high winds a week or two ago.

I don't know what trade will do this repair?

I've searched for chimney repair, chimney pointing ect on internet

Rang a few numbers on Yell.com, but no one seems interested to look at the job?

Saying things like, oh i'm busy or i'm with a customer, do you want to ring back etc...

So, does anyone know how i can get a few quotes for this job.

(I've also posted it on my workman.com with no replys)

Also, is this something i can claim on house insurance for?

What might it cost?

Thanks for any advice offered.

I'm in warrington WA4 area
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Old 13-10-2010, 2:06 PM
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We had a local roofer repoint our chimney for us.
It won't be covered by insurance, because it will come under general maintenance.
Sorry can't reccomend anyone in your area - you are best asking around friends and neighbours to see if they have had similar work done in the past and can reccomend someone
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Old 13-10-2010, 4:13 PM
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You need a builder, how much, depends on how big they are and how complex. Is removing them totally an option? should be cheaper, just add a few more tiles.
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Old 13-10-2010, 4:39 PM
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A bricky will do this for you no probs, or a general builder! A general labourer can do the work!
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Old 13-10-2010, 4:52 PM
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One thing that can make this a resonably expensive task is that you might need scafolding.
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Old 13-10-2010, 6:08 PM
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A jobbing builder/brickie/roofer/ chimney liner are all the sorts of trades that could do the work. But some wont want to be climbing about on roofs when this time is traditionally busy for builders anyway. Have a look on My Builder site. You can enter the job details and ask for quotes and then check out their refs online.


http://www.mybuilder.com/postajob
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Thanks for the tips, i've arrange a few quotes. Is the home insurance definaltely a no go? Is it worth ringing them and stating weather damage? i'm worried about high costs, possible scaffoling etc...
Any Ideas of a range of cost, perhaps from someone who's had a simular job, or carries out this type of work?
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A small one man band firm will probably just use their own ladders and chimney scaffolding, not the full scaffold a big company would want.

Get your quotes

Re the insurers, you can try but its likely they wont contribute as it will be seen as wear and tear. But have a go.
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almost no chance on the insurance. Good luck!
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Old 14-10-2010, 8:44 AM
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It's an easy enough job to do yourself if you can get up there safely. I did both chimneys myself but I do live in a bungalow with a low pitched roof, so access was very easy.
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Old 14-10-2010, 11:23 AM
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No you can't claim it on your home insurance, unless its something like storm damage. From your description, it's simply wear and tear over decades.
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I've had someone round today
Quote 200.00 to repoint all my half of chimney (it's shared - terraced house)
or 100 just to repair the damaged bits.

Less than I expected so won't try to involve insurance

But I've nothing to compare it to, does it sound a fair price?
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Old 14-10-2010, 11:35 PM
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Depends on if it looks like this http://cdn.wn.com/pd/52/cd/279cde8fc...066_grande.jpg

Or http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_4-PelT6VOF...ney+Repair.jpg

But getting any professional on site for 200 is probably a good price. You probably should talk to your neighbour as only pointing 1/2 of the stack will be a little pointless because if the other half fails then your half is not going to stay up.
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