On Sat, 09 Sep 2006 11:56:15 GMT, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
Not being a comrad of the People Republic of Massachusetts, the only
advice I can offer, get more than one estimate for comparisons. Only
use licensed, insured contractors, and always check with the BBB for
pluses and minuses of a contractor. Also, have in writing only
'legal' workers will be used.
On a personal note, I watch how people behave. Do they use safety
equipment, even as simple as glasses? etc....
In a normal part of the Commie-wealth or in the heart land of Boston?
Seriously, more rural or urban makes a really big difference. So does the
height and the amount of scaffolding needed to safely perform the work.
This might be completely unrelated but I thought I'd share my two cents.
About two years ago I had my chimney inspected and scoped. They found
some structural problems at the top. The cheapest thing we came up with
was to have a stainless liner installed and a brick man came out and
re-secured the bricks at the top and re-pointed the joints. All said and
told $1,600 in Indiana. The liner install with stuff was $750.
No scaffolding and 30 feet of chimney.
I use this with a wood stove and it draws GREAT. Gets real warm and my
furnace run time was reduced so much that now I pay rent on my propane
tank. (If I do not buy a minimum amount of propane I have to pay tank rent).
Like I said, just my two cents.
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