Tips To Consider When Changing Your Own Chimney Liner
Over 60 percent of residential energy use in Canada goes into space heating so for those who have a chimney in their houses this can help to save a lot of money. However, if your chimney liner is damaged, old or inefficient, you may need to change it so that you are able to properly utilize this source of heating. Fortunately, this is something that with a little research and time, you can do yourself and you will not need more than the tools you probably already have in your storage or shed. Before you get going, however, you need to check to ensure that your insurance company does not have any clauses in your policy that specify the use of a certified technician.
So, for a DIY project in changing your chimney liner, here are a few pointers.
Flue of choice
The most likely flue to use is a stainless steel variety. These come in rigid or flexible formats. The rigid pipes are available in diameters from 3" to 10" while the flexible pipes come in 2" to 10" diameter measurements. They also come with the specific advantage of having a lifetime warranty. The length that you will need for the project is dependent on the height of your chimney while the diameter is equal to that of the exhaust hole that will be attached to the appliance.
When ordering your chimney pipe you should be careful to order a little more than the required length so that you can give yourself room for errors. The cost of the flue pipe varies depending on the type you decide to use but you can generally get it at a cost of between $175 and $400.
Tools of choice
The tools you will need are pretty simple and can usually be found in your tool kit already. If you have a razor knife, a flat head screwdriver. A caulk gun, a pair of safety glasses, some working gloves and a power drill you can get on your way in making your home safer with a new liner. In addition, you will also need a grinder for cutting through the chimney liner. This is suggested to give the best and most accurate cuts but if you do not have this, a hacksaw blade or Sawzall can also be used to get a similar result.
The only other tools and materials you are likely to need should come in the liner kit. In addition to the chimney liner, the kit should have a connector, a top plate and a rain cap. Make sure to check for these when you purchase your kit.
For further assistance, contact local professionals, such as those from Chimney Repair from Top Hat Chimney Sweeps and Repair.