Any ideas on how hubby can get a cement chimney cap slab up to the chimney?
It's terribly heavy. Possibly something that can be rented in a tool rental
place, or other ideas? I don't want anyone getting killed in the process;
Has a pro examined chimney, to make sure it is solid enough to hold the cap,
and verified that the chimney will still draw properly? Depending on size
and height of chimney, and size of cap block, anything from a block and
tackle, to a cherry picker, would be the appropriate lift method. Something
like this is probably not a good DIY for somebody not sure how to undertake
the task. Gravity does suck, especially if the Big Heavy Thing lands on top
of you. I'd take pictures of the cap block and the chimney to a local
stonemason, just for laughs, and ask how much they would charge to do the
Every chimney cap I've ever replaced was fabricated in place...concrete
and mortar applied to the top of the chimney where a form had been
fabricated. It's a whole lot easier to carry up 50 lb buckets that a
500 lb slab.
If I had to do it, and simply mixing the concrete up there wasn't an option,
nor covering the chimney with a metal plate and securing it, I'd probably
consider a tripod made of 2x4's, with a pulley hung from it, over the
chimney. So that hoisting and placing could be facilitated with help from
below. Protecting gutters as it was raised beyond that point.
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