And then we got to that mysterious box in the corner: The lower part of the chimney. We knocked the plaster and button board off, revealed a cement base and a metal chimney. Opening the access hatch on the base showed a residue that suggested at some point in this 1947 cottage there had been a wood or coal stove. So suddenly we weren’t sure how heavy that metal chimney was. So I looked at Charlene, said “no problem, we’ll sawzall that sucker outta there and I’ll catch it!”
She looked at me and raised an eyebrow.
I went upstairs, dug through the remnants of a long previous life, pulled out some climbing gear, and rigged up for a descent braked with Munter hitches:
We let that sit for a day, and then with a deep breath, we lowered the base. Not too bad, so we took another deep breath, and lowered the chimney. Warning: video contains mild profanity:
Yep. Sucker is heavy.
-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California, http://www.flutterby.net/