Well that was interesting! Yesterday we looked a bit closer at the chimney. During the recent visit of the chimney guy, he wanted to check out the condition of the fireplace to see how it would play into the job of tuckpointing and relining the chimney. Unfortunately, he couldn't check it out because it is paneled over.
So of course, being self-starters we took it upon ourselves to check it out on our own. This was a decision we would come to regret.
So, one by one the pieces of tongue-in-groove paneling came off. So far, so good!
Hmmm, the brick face is all ripped away. That's a shame.
But hey, the brick work IN the hearth is still in good shape. Actually, it's gorgeous. I wish the exterior looked that good!
Hmm, so what's up there? I wonder if the flu still works. They couldn't have filled in the whole thing with cement or something, could they? (Well, yeah, I actually could imagine them doing that...) Nah, it just looks like a few pieces of wood up there.
There, got it. Wait a minute...what's that black stuff coming at us!? Oh no, stop it!!! Stick something up there! What? I don't know, make it stop! How? Is it just going to keep coming!? You can't even see through it. Where did Jeannie's feet go!!?? Turn on the window fan!!
Three hours of cleaning later and everything was back to normal (as least as normal as it will ever be for now).
Just another day at the House in Progress...