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Chimney Woes Again

June 4th, 2013 at 07:23 am

We got our first chimney bid. I sort of estimated it would be in the $3000-$3500 range. It was $4265. Gulp.
No, that doesn't include reinstalling the flashing. Then there's the exterior painting which really needs doing. And DH's dad is not doing well, and I'd like him to go visit. All this is pretty stomach churning.

All in all, no matter how I look at it, we're nearing $10K in expenses.


So? What to do? Well, I'm not sure. I can raise a couple thousand with my summer teaching, and another $750 (pre-tax) with the tutoring. I've volunteered to take someone else's tutoring hours next week (twice) and last night another instructor was looking for coverage for his speech class. That will help a bit more although I was planning on that for DH's birthday.

I think I need to declutter and sell some more for another couple hundred. And I guess, sigh, that means the EF for the rest.


The second chimney bidder can't come until mid-June at the earliest. But I'll call him back and get some appt figured out.

What makes this worse is the cancellation of that summer class. That cash would have paid for the darn chimney. Grrr.

5 Responses to “Chimney Woes Again”

  1. CB in the City Says:

    Yuck. But I'm sure the chimney is not something you can ignore.

  2. snafu Says:

    If you're seeing leaks on the ceiling it is very serious as there is potential for damage to the structure starting in the attic. The work needs to be done by a skilled, knowledgeable tradesman. I'm guessing with the combination of better housing prices leading to more building and the tornado devastation in OK., skilled tradesmen are in short supply and therefore charging more.

    Sorry the combination of events are so maddening. The good news is there is an EF to draw on.

  3. My English Castle Says:

    The estimator said that they have had a very bad winter for chimneys--lots of freeze/thaw cycles. I use only top-rated Angieslist contractors, and they're very busy.

  4. creditcardfree Says:

    Sounds like you can make it work...just the kind of thing we don't like to spend our money on though, right?

  5. rob62521 Says:

    Ouch! But, like a friend said, one of the "joys" of homeownership.

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