improvisation in the key of life

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

like peeling an egg

so the brick fireplace... petite in the attic, petite in the basement, positively gargantuan in the dining room. like a giant brick hand gripping a tube of chimney. the giant brick reface from the 70s has GOT to GO. our home inspector said that it 'extended' into the attic (wrong), he said leave it cuz it's too much work to get rid of all that brick.

why do people say such things? or rather, perhaps... why do some people listen, when people say such things. ugh, how i would loath waking up to that brick monstrosity... it's BRICK which by definition means that it was built one brick at a time. and... so... how to take it down? hmm, one brick at a time? i can even actually COUNT the number of bricks and figure out how long it will take to pry out each one. rather dumb to throw up our hands and say "aww gosh, lots of bricks is heavy."

plus the floor is dipping all around this massive weight, so the brick has got to go. but it IS heavy and i don't want to start
whacking brick and have the whole thing tip and fall. that would totally suck. so i googled the term and came up with "cold chisel" which is a band and a tool (tool is a band also) made of 'cold' steel that you use to bust the brick deal out.

i'll be careful, i promise.



  • At 11:48 AM, Anonymous tumble said…

    Okay, here's why people say such things....

    Because it's true.

    Okay, here's the thing, you have a load of work on the table. You need to get a schedule and you need to make priorities. This is war. If the chimney doesn't make first cut so be it. It isn't just money it's time. Before you go tearing into this monstrosity get an estimate or something. See what a contractor would charge to do it.

    And then, this is where it get's really ugly. With remodel whenever you tear something out there is always something behind it. So are you really prepared for what is behind door number 2?

    You've got at least 4 big door number 2s converging and this is possibly the most expensive of those so be prepared. You might get a chimney sweep to do the chimney and take a look see what he says.

    I don't think you want to spend the rest of your life pounding on that chimney with a cold chisel.

  • At 3:35 PM, Blogger blue][erring said…

    ohh i was referring to the people that basically say "you don't like it, but leave it" as opposed to macguyvering a way to make it macGo away...

    true true, estimates are free and only give you pricing information... but, on the other hand, the idea of chipping out one brick at a time over several days is very appealing to me. chip chip chip, tap tap tap, getting to know the brick... it tickles my fancy. as long as it doesn't fall on me. if it were just taking a sledgehammer and whacking it mightily i wouldn't care so much, but the surgical removal, that's appealing. and after about 9 bricks i'll do the math and have a real sense of what to value the contract work at. they would probably sledge it... maybe i should sledge it!

  • At 10:09 AM, Anonymous tumble said…

    If you're determined to take the bricks out consider renting or buying a small chipping gun. A chipping gun is like a small jack hammer with a cold chisel on the end. There are small ones that aren't too hard to handle. They add vibration which will help. Anyway start somewhere that doesn't show if you can. All the things you're doing they're all like options positions where AAPL is at 70 and then you might get into it and AAPL is 60 only you have to double down on ALL your positions. So you also need to get an idea what your move in date is so you can start to figure out what the priorities are. I mean if you can afford to live in your current situation for a year and half to two years before moving in then maybe you are okay. I'm just concerned that things will get out of control.

    House projects tend to take on a life of their own and trying to solve the problem by throwing money at it doesn't necessarily help. It often makes things worse. The decisions are tough and never ending.

    So my inclination is don't tabula rasa everything at once. Do the bathroom and kitchen see how things are going. You've also got school. Figure out which projects are most important to get done before you move in. Consider me one of those pansy analysts telling Bush not to go into Iraq.

    Caution: Do not take a sledge hammer to the bricks period unless you know what the results will be. That is, you know exactly what's on both sides of the bricks you're smashing and what will happen.

  • At 12:00 PM, Blogger blue][erring said…

    i was kidding about the sledge, i will check into that chipping gun, sounds fun...



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