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Being self employed we are all either champions of ourselves or victims of ourselves.  Since taking control of my business 1 years ago I have admitedly been both.  I believed back then that all I had to do was advertise and I would get the clients.  15 years had changed alot, many seminars, educa...
07/20/2010
As a chimney inspector who performs comprehensive Level II Chimney Inspections and as a FIRE Certified Chimney inspector I have the opportunty to work with A LOT of realtors , buyers, sellers, home inspectors and attorneys.  On Friday during the course of a Level II inspection (on a very very lar...
07/18/2010
The smoke chamber is an integral part of the operation of a fireplace.  Smoke chambers have many code requirements including clearances to combustibles, height and overall dimensions. Typically, this is a seriously deficient area of a poorly constructed fireplace.  According to the National Fire ...
06/28/2010
The Fireplace throat is one of the most important areas of the fireplace construction.  The throat is essentially the termination of the firebox and the beginning of the venting system of the fireplace.  This is where the traditional throat damper is placed during construction and is normally com...
06/24/2010
My shadow is my youngest son.  He is my namesake and 9year younger than his middle sibling.   He is 3 1/2 and full of character.  In fact, he may be an 80 year old man stuck in the body of a 3.5 yr old...He does everything I do...with full commentary.  He is a constant comedian and of course smar...
06/23/2010
Over the past 2 weeks, I have been confronted twice by sellers who went with my buyers chimney inspection report to the township code official.   I was shocked and down right frustrated to find out that one of them contended my statements were false and the other mentioned grandfathering.   I am ...
06/23/2010
I have just returned from a 3 day event in Lancaster PA where the Mid Atlantic Hearth Patio and Barbeque Assocition heald their annual meeting.    I was fortunate enough to be on the speaker agenda for the third straight year.  I was so excited during my 3 sessions to see so many people absorbing...
06/16/2010
But Dad, everyone is doing it!!   I know.  Let me explain.   Recently, I was in the middle of bidding on a very large job.  The potential client informed me that I was one of the finalists in the running for the contract, but that I only provided testimonials on my web site and the other contract...
06/08/2010
I have seen the phrase "certified chimney professional" mentioned on this site and want to give clarity to the subject.   Currently, the chimney industry has 3 phases of certifications: The Chimney Sweep  www.csia.org or Chimney Sweep Technician www.gotofire.com The Chimney Inspector www.gotofire...
06/06/2010
Here in the northeast we have very unique venting situations and challenges for our heating appliances.  How many times have you seen a path of efflorescence on a chimney similar to the pattern on the right hand side of the chimney?  This is actually an indication of a serious problem with the ve...
06/03/2010
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