May 1, 1993
Q: I am building an energy-efficient house that has an air-exchange system, a direct-vent oil-fired boiler and a zero-clearance fireplace that draws outside air. With kitchen and bathroom venting part of…
January 1, 1993
We coated the grout on our tiled hearth with silicone to protect it from staining and to make cleaning easier. Normally, this solution is applied with a sponge brush. However,…
September 1, 1992
Q: My log cottage, built in 1956, has an impressive fieldstone fireplace and chimney. We have added a woodstove in the fireplace, with a stovepipe that runs up the chimney. In…
May 1, 1992
My client wanted his prefab fireplace lifted to accommodate a raised hearth. The primary obstacle to this seemingly simple desire was the 40 ft. of interlocking metal chimney above the…
January 1, 1992
Hot combustion, heat-exchange channels, and six tons of brick for energy efficiency and a clean burn.
July 1, 1989
Neoclassical detailing in poplar and ceramic tile.
July 1, 1988
Soldered copper flashing for a rooftop watershed.
May 1, 1988
We needed a chimney cap to keep the rain from pouring down our fireplace flue, but the estimate we got to install a 2-1/2-ft. by.3-1/2-ft., 2-in. thick piece of stone…
January 1, 1987
An under-the-floor masonry stove.
July 1, 1984
Flashing and capping are the tricky parts of the job.
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