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Henry Channon
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Username: Moonraker

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Registered: 06-2007
Posted on Wednesday, June 06, 2007 - 02:48 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Mortar mix for masory is to strong.
Should be 1:1:5 cement,lime , soft sand.
Pointing has been done with a bit of rubber hose, it should be tuck pointed or weather struck.
Flashing is a complete Dogs Breakfast.
If you want to see how lead flashing is done properly, Look up Lead sheet association in the U.K. on the net , they have loads of PDF files
to download with detailing sheets.
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Walter Musson
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Registered: 07-2006
Posted on Monday, June 04, 2007 - 06:42 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Jill,
Fortunately the chimney is at the ridge so leaking will be less of a concern than if it were further down the roof.
I work closely with several masons. I set up the staging into the roof,reflash into the roof,and do any repairs necessary after the staging is removed.
Your ex-mason should have a slate person to do the same for him.
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Joe Jenkins
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Registered: 07-2006
Posted on Sunday, June 03, 2007 - 10:06 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

It looks like someone who had some experience with brick laying but little if any with slate, so he left the roof untouched and the original step flashing in place. This is unfortunate and I hope you didn't pay much for this. You will have to have the flashing redone. Plus, shortening the chimney by a foot and erasing the original fluted design is poor workmanship. Leaving out the center brick and not smoothing the interior mortar are two more examples of poor workmanship. I would be unhappy with this work - you certainly have a right to expect the job to be done correctly. I have seen many examples or brick layers who know nothing about slate and don't flash the chimney correctly, if at all. But this guy does not look like a professional brick layer either.
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Jill
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Username: Jellybar

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Registered: 05-2007
Posted on Sunday, June 03, 2007 - 12:14 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

(sorry, continuation of the first post here -- hit save by accident and my posts arent showing up for some reason)

Here's some of his detail work that I thought sloppy:

counter flashing work, didnt do the step flashing, and decided to "caulk the crack" instead:
should new work need caulking like this?
more caulk used between chimney and roof


didn't build the 2 flue brick divider up to the top, and didn't clean up any of his mortar overflow inside.
down the stack.

there's some other minor stuff he did that maybe Im just being picky about --like shortening the stack by almost a foot, not redoing the cobel on the top, cracks in the mortar that the cap was going to sit on, not leaving the mortar even with the face of the brick. But they are secondary to the counterflashing work being a mess and not doing any step flashing at all, instead relying on a 50 year silicon to "make it last for a while".

Anyway, I'd love to get honest thoughts/evaluations of professionals on the work. Good, bad, normal, expected, average? etc, etc.
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Jill
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Username: Jellybar

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Registered: 05-2007
Posted on Sunday, June 03, 2007 - 11:02 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

hey slate people --

I just had a local "chimney specialist" with over "30 years in the business" out to rebuld the stacks on my 1875 victorian from the roof up. The contractor was one of the higher bids I got, and came with recommendations.

Long story short, I fired him last week because he said he would handle "all the flashing" and could bring both the chimneys back to their original look. Turns out he meant he would do *only* the counterflashing as part of his bid, and his idea of "back to how they originally looked" was not close to mine. In addition, and even worse, I found his work product pretty sloppy. While his actual brickwork is good, the detail items surrounding it were rushed or sloppy.



I know some of you here do chimneys and flashing and I would love to get your honest opinions good and bad of some of the following contract work.

Here's what was originally up there:
Here's the original, when I bought the house, bricks about ready to drop on the slate roof


here's what he got finished before I let him go:
what was done

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