Two summers ago I received a call from some homeowners who wanted to remodel their kitchen and, as part of the project, remove a brick chimney that ran up through the center of the house.
Two summers ago I received a call from some homeowners who wanted to remodel their kitchen and, as part of the project, remove a brick chimney that ran up through the center of the house.

Two summers ago I received a call from some homeowners who wanted to remodel their kitchen and, as part of the project, remove a brick chimney that ran up through the center of the house. The chimney had been abandoned decades before when someone removed the original 1890s wood stove and installed a modern furnace in another location.

Jobs like this are common where I work and usually require little more than taking down the chimney, then patching the roof and finishes. In this case it was more complicated, because a past owner had replaced the original roof and ceiling with a cathedralized gable that contained a pair of structural ridge beams. The ends of ridge beams were...

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