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Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Chester County, PA
Re: Chimney removal... Advice needed
That could be a tall order Joe. I removed and EXterior cement block and terracotta lined chimney years ago and the block came apart easily with a small electrc driven impact hammer. But the interior lining of teracotta was not horizontially joined at the same junctures as the cement block and since it is harder than the block (a fired material) it was dificault to break at the block mortar joints and sometimes the block simply cracked before the lining. My advise to you is to construct sopme sort of floor protection maybe made from discarded pallets around the base of the chimney, cover it with a tarp, and just start in from the top down, and seperte the block joints as you go. Depending on how your stack is made, just take your time, work on the block joints with a masons chissel and a good heavy headed hammer. You may need to have a helper to hand the blocks to as you disassemble the stack. One final thing - I found that sometimnes the blocks cam apart a group of 2 or 3 and this was a real PITA because of the added weight and instability.
Good night Chesty, wherever you are......