Renovation project - I am so cold!
The fire has started to dry the house
out and warm it up, but there is a problem, John noticed a smell and
went to investigate.
He has seen that tar has ran down the
flue, this is a big problem and means the fire can not be used.
Once it is cooled down he removes the
flue and his worst suspicions have been confirmed, there is tar on
the flue. The chimney has been swept, he can only assume that the
flue is touching the chimney somewhere, this is not something that can
The chimney will need a different kind
of flue liner.
The problem is that john does not have
the equipment to do this, he left all of his big ladders and his cat
ladders in the UK some years ago.
We have a choice
We can go and buy everything he needs
to do it (which will cost a fortune and never be used again) and risk
John going on the roof to complete a 2 man job alone
We can pay a professional to do it
We have no choice, we do not want the
risk of John being on the roof, especially as where he would have to
climb is very close to next door, so not enough room for a ladder, or
closing off the road, and still not having the correct equipment.
We start to look for a professional to
do this job and are given the phone number for a french company.
I call and speak to the guy, who does
not have a word of English, he says he can come to quote next week,
NOOOOOOOO it is so cold.
He agrees to come tomorrow.
We have no choice, we have also
contacted another professional and left a message, as we would like
to get a couple of quotes.
If you are going to complete and live
in a renovation project like this one, you have to be prepared for
these problems, it is the middle of winter, it is cold and we have 2
little plug in heaters and are having to use 2 rings on the cooker
for heating, this is not the healthiest option, but at least it
gives a little bit of heat (and it is only a little bit, we are back
to wearing a number of jumpers and fleeces and woolly hats just to
sit and watch the TV in an evening!
We have a carbon monoxide detector in
the kitchen to make sure we are OK, until I realise it is actually a
But it shouldn't be too long before it
is fixed, if the worst comes to the worst I can always turn on the
water works with the chimney guy to try and get him to do it quickly!