How to Clean a Chimney
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Installing Chimney Flashing
Leak-proof your chimney using this traditional, time-tested flashing method.
How to Use a Charcoal Chimney
No need for chemicals such as lighter fluid, start your grill with a charcoal chimney instead. Here's how to use...
What Animal Is in My Chimney (And How Do I Get Rid of It)?
If noises from your chimney have you wondering what's going on in there, you could have unwelcome animals that need...
Fireplace Cleaning: When to Clean a Chimney Flue
How often to remove creosote to prevent chimney fires and do a fireplace cleaning.
Everything To Know About Chimney Caps
A chimney cap is an essential part of a properly functioning fireplace. Here's what you need to know about maintaining...
How To Fix Summer Chimney Smells
After using your fireplace all winter, the hot, steamy days of summer can cause your chimney to really stink. Here's...
8 Scary Ways Your Fireplace Could Be Toxic
A roaring fire can really make wintertime more bearable. But could it be dangerous to your health? Sadly, yes. Here's...
34 Silent Signs That Your House is Failing
Your house can't talk, but it can give you hints of failure, if you pay attention. Learn what your house...
12 Bad Roof Maintenance Habits to Stop Doing Immediately
A healthy roof is one of the most important parts of your home. These bad roof maintenance habits could cost...
6 Home Problems Inspectors Hate to See and How to Fix Them
Reuben Saltzman, president of Structure Tech in Minnesota, identifies potential home problems and what to do about them.
Your Guide to Winterizing Everything
From cars, boats and lawn mowers to pools, gutters and grills. Here's how to winterize everything around your home.
Why You Need to Check Your Chimney Before You Cozy Up to the Fireplace
It's that time of year again! If you have a fireplace, here's a quick way to tell if your chimney...
How to Get Rid of Woodpeckers: Woodpecker Deterrents
While woodpeckers are easy on the eyes and favorites of birdwatchers, you really don't want them around your home. Woodpeckers...
What is a Chimney Pot?
Although the top of the chimney isn't often on your mind as you sit in front of a fire, you...
Clay Chimney Flue Liners Make Great Planters
To make these terra-cotta planters, go to a brick supplier and buy 3-ft. lengths of clay chimney flue liner.
How to Maintain and Repair Your Chimney
Make your chimney last for decades with a few hours of simple maintenance
How Does Santa Get Into a House Without a Chimney? His Secret Key, of Course!
Just over 40 percent of the homes in America have fireplaces, according to the Hearth, Patio and Barbecue Association. So...
How to Handle Efflorescence on Brick Chimneys
Moisture moving through bricks causes white mineral deposits on the brick surface and in the case of a chimney, it...
How to Work with Scaffolding Safely
How to rent, setup and use scaffolding when you have to work on your roof, siding or chimney.