3 days ago

Updated 6 hours ago

Bungalow chimney advice/recommendation

Hello Belmont-Cragin neighbors!

My husband and I bought our bungalow back in January and at the time we noticed the chimney, which is painted, looked as if it was peeling or flaking. Our home inspector said it was probably due to the house needing a new roof and chimney flashings. We had the roof and flashings replaced in April and the roofer said he thinks the chimney looks the way it does because of moisture pushing through the bricks from the inside as the boiler and got water heater vent through it.

2 questions:
Has anyone had this happen in their home, especially if you love in a bungalow?

Can anyone recommend a chimney expert/repair guy?

Thanks!

  • Please, please let us know how it ends up/what you do. I have a 1950 ranch and noticed in retrospect that when I put in a new furnace years ago is when the problem started(I think) that you described. I even had ice blocks on the top of the chimney...

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    Please, please let us know how it ends up/what you do. I have a 1950 ranch and noticed in retrospect that when I put in a new furnace years ago is when the problem started(I think) that you described. I even had ice blocks on the top of the chimney during this past winter(probably other winters too but never looked up). Haven't done anything yet since every time someone touches my house, they mess something else up/don't fix the issue. Had a mason come out and he said if someone tells me I need to put a new chimney flue liner(smaller one) that it is BS. Supposedly this guy is top rated and he wasn't going to be doing the work so no reason to fib. But I keep reading that is the way to fix the issue since "newer" furnaces are more efficient so don't let as much heat escape up the chimney so the vapor condenses in the chimney, freezes in winter if cold enough, and then when it warms up one gets water leaching all over into the bricks.

  • Forgot, not sure I trust what I find on the internet re. needing a new smaller flue since much of it seems to be from companies that install new flues.

Jul 14

CPS budget meeting at Wright College on Wednesday

Raise Your Hands is hosting a 2015 CPS budget rundown tonight at 6:30pm. Raise Your Hands will show you how to find the proposed budgets for your schools and talk about how you can speak out for your schools at the Wednesday budget meeting. You don't need to attend the meeting tonight to go to the budget hearings on Wednesday.

The CPS budget hearings are this Wednesday night at 6pm at Wright College, Malcolm X, and Kennedy King colleges. (Registration...

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Raise Your Hands is hosting a 2015 CPS budget rundown tonight at 6:30pm. Raise Your Hands will show you how to find the proposed budgets for your schools and talk about how you can speak out for your schools at the Wednesday budget meeting. You don't need to attend the meeting tonight to go to the budget hearings on Wednesday.

The CPS budget hearings are this Wednesday night at 6pm at Wright College, Malcolm X, and Kennedy King colleges. (Registration starts at 5pm). Why should you go speak out at this budget hearing? Because CPS is cutting the budgets for many of our public schools that our neighborhood children attend. We can't let them further weaken our public schools without putting up a fight.

Examples of some of the proposed cuts...

Kelvyn Park High School -$1.8 million
Belmont-Cragin Early Childhood -$1.6 million
Steinmetz H.S. -$448,000
Northwest Middle School -$ 313,000
Reinberg -$30,000
Thorp -$ 275,000
Foreman -$728,000
Schurz - $711,000
Department of Academic learning and Support- City wide -$75,000,000
Department of Diverse learners Support and Services -$88,000,000

Jun 25

Updated Jun 27

Loud Sounds?

This morning at about 3am (6/25), my wife was woken out of a dead sleep by something that sounded like an explosion followed by a series of cracking sounds similar to gunshots. She said it didn't have the cadence or pitch of fireworks.

Can't find anything in the news about it. Anyone know or hear anything?

Jun 27

Community Organization of Belmont Cragin United (COB-CU) Meeting

http://chicago.everyblock.com/neighbor-events/jun30-community-organization-belmont-cragin-united-cob-cu-meeting-6221873/

Community Organization of Belmont Cragin United (COB-CU) Meeting
Monday, June 30, 2014
7:00-8:00 p.m.

Portage Cragin Library
5108 W. Belmont

Jun 16

Updated Jun 18

New to Belmont Cragin

Looking forward to meeting some nice people in the neighborhood. Any advice and recommendations, would be greatly appreciated. 😄.

May 23 2012

Updated May 27

Question

I live on the 3200 block of avers, and i am trying to find out if there is any restrictions on installing a fence around my house, front and back

  • Rich Tax paying citizen

    Justbabs is correct. Make sure it is installed on YOUR property and not over the property line.

  • We're also going through fence drama..I can say that my research on the Chicago building code says that fences under 6 feet do not require a permit. I have another question, which I've gotten some answers on, but I'd like more confirmation, if anyone can help. We are looking to...

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    We're also going through fence drama..I can say that my research on the Chicago building code says that fences under 6 feet do not require a permit. I have another question, which I've gotten some answers on, but I'd like more confirmation, if anyone can help. We are looking to replace a very old sort-of fence (actually some poles and a few slack cables) on our property. The catch is, the fence overlooks a drop to a beach that is in some places 5 feet or a little more. My understanding is that because of this drop the fence now has to conform to the building code governing a "guard," just like a porch railing does. This would mean that up to 36" high requires the placement of the uprights to be such that a 4" sphere cannot pass through, and over 36" a sphere of 6". I have the sections of the building code that address this, but they don't specifically mention fences used in this regard, although if one looks at the intent of the code, which is to prevent falls, I can see this being required of our fence. it obviously affects design, which is at the crux of our controversy, so any information would be great. Nobody answers the phones at the City departments.

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