Property damaged after chimney collapse

This Is Lancashire: Property damaged after chimney collapse Property damaged after chimney collapse

THE inside of a property was seriously damaged after its chimney collapsed.

Firefighters from Bolton Central were called to the property, in Morris Green Lane, Morris Green, at 4pm on Tuesday.

The property was being renovated and builders had been removing the chimney’s bricks from the bottom upwards.

Half of the chimney had been removed when it collapsed and nobody was inside the property when the accident occurred.

Gas and electricity inside the property have been turned off and the area has been cordoned off from the public until it is safe to re-enter.

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8:37pm Tue 29 Apr 14

Home is where the heart is says...

They tried to take it down from the bottom up? LOL.
The guys doing this are a danger to themselves and the general public. They should be named and shamed!
They tried to take it down from the bottom up? LOL. The guys doing this are a danger to themselves and the general public. They should be named and shamed! Home is where the heart is
  • Score: 8

8:43pm Tue 29 Apr 14

HIGHTOWERescort says...

It is possible, but the chimney needs to be properly supported! It's quite common to remove a chimney from inside while leaving the stack up, saving roofing work and hassle if it joins next doors chimney .

If they have done it without propping, they're idiots! lol
It is possible, but the chimney needs to be properly supported! It's quite common to remove a chimney from inside while leaving the stack up, saving roofing work and hassle if it joins next doors chimney . If they have done it without propping, they're idiots! lol HIGHTOWERescort
  • Score: 5

8:44pm Tue 29 Apr 14

soup153 says...

builders? made my day. Shame no pics of them.
builders? made my day. Shame no pics of them. soup153
  • Score: 5

9:01pm Tue 29 Apr 14

Home is where the heart is says...

Hightower pal,
I earn my living doing this sort of thing and never in all my days have I heard how anyone can remove a chimney from the bottom up.
Two steel gallows brackets are fixed very securely to the dividing wall either side the chimney in the loft and a thick steel plate is inserted into the breast supported by the brackets,then the chimney is dropped from the top down leaving the top bit sticking through the roof. Any other way spells disaster my friend. LOL again!
Hightower pal, I earn my living doing this sort of thing and never in all my days have I heard how anyone can remove a chimney from the bottom up. Two steel gallows brackets are fixed very securely to the dividing wall either side the chimney in the loft and a thick steel plate is inserted into the breast supported by the brackets,then the chimney is dropped from the top down leaving the top bit sticking through the roof. Any other way spells disaster my friend. LOL again! Home is where the heart is
  • Score: 8

9:11pm Tue 29 Apr 14

mc1986 says...

Home is where the heart pal,
I've been doing this for over 20 years mate and its quite a common practice provided, as hightower states, that it is supported correctly.
Home is where the heart pal, I've been doing this for over 20 years mate and its quite a common practice provided, as hightower states, that it is supported correctly. mc1986
  • Score: 1

9:29pm Tue 29 Apr 14

Home is where the heart is says...

mc1986 wrote:
Home is where the heart pal,
I've been doing this for over 20 years mate and its quite a common practice provided, as hightower states, that it is supported correctly.
Are you saying you dismantle the chimney from the bottom up once the gallows brackets are fitted,if so i am amazed,always seen it done from top down in my 30 plus years as a roofer!
[quote][p][bold]mc1986[/bold] wrote: Home is where the heart pal, I've been doing this for over 20 years mate and its quite a common practice provided, as hightower states, that it is supported correctly.[/p][/quote]Are you saying you dismantle the chimney from the bottom up once the gallows brackets are fitted,if so i am amazed,always seen it done from top down in my 30 plus years as a roofer! Home is where the heart is
  • Score: 0

10:13pm Tue 29 Apr 14

sallyupsteps says...

HIGHTOWERescort wrote:
It is possible, but the chimney needs to be properly supported! It's quite common to remove a chimney from inside while leaving the stack up, saving roofing work and hassle if it joins next doors chimney .

If they have done it without propping, they're idiots! lol
What a load of garbage! Hope I never get you doing a job for me.
[quote][p][bold]HIGHTOWERescort[/bold] wrote: It is possible, but the chimney needs to be properly supported! It's quite common to remove a chimney from inside while leaving the stack up, saving roofing work and hassle if it joins next doors chimney . If they have done it without propping, they're idiots! lol[/p][/quote]What a load of garbage! Hope I never get you doing a job for me. sallyupsteps
  • Score: -2

10:42pm Tue 29 Apr 14

Home is where the heart is says...

Anyway..............
.....bottoms up :)





Sorry,had to !
Anyway.............. .....bottoms up :) Sorry,had to ! Home is where the heart is
  • Score: 7

1:00am Wed 30 Apr 14

great ideas! says...

Cheap polish builders 4u
Cheap polish builders 4u great ideas!
  • Score: 1

4:05am Wed 30 Apr 14

phil kernot says...

Home is where the heart is wrote:
mc1986 wrote:
Home is where the heart pal,
I've been doing this for over 20 years mate and its quite a common practice provided, as hightower states, that it is supported correctly.
Are you saying you dismantle the chimney from the bottom up once the gallows brackets are fitted,if so i am amazed,always seen it done from top down in my 30 plus years as a roofer!
Your all wrong unless you have a engineer work out stress loads your only guessing what will happen , people don't want to pay for them and building regs ( that covers you if it goes wrong ,, I just walk away and think you. Will find sombody in the pub to cut corners and destroy your property and walk away saying he told me to do it like that lol
[quote][p][bold]Home is where the heart is[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]mc1986[/bold] wrote: Home is where the heart pal, I've been doing this for over 20 years mate and its quite a common practice provided, as hightower states, that it is supported correctly.[/p][/quote]Are you saying you dismantle the chimney from the bottom up once the gallows brackets are fitted,if so i am amazed,always seen it done from top down in my 30 plus years as a roofer![/p][/quote]Your all wrong unless you have a engineer work out stress loads your only guessing what will happen , people don't want to pay for them and building regs ( that covers you if it goes wrong ,, I just walk away and think you. Will find sombody in the pub to cut corners and destroy your property and walk away saying he told me to do it like that lol phil kernot
  • Score: 5

4:10am Wed 30 Apr 14

phil kernot says...

Home is where the heart is wrote:
Hightower pal,
I earn my living doing this sort of thing and never in all my days have I heard how anyone can remove a chimney from the bottom up.
Two steel gallows brackets are fixed very securely to the dividing wall either side the chimney in the loft and a thick steel plate is inserted into the breast supported by the brackets,then the chimney is dropped from the top down leaving the top bit sticking through the roof. Any other way spells disaster my friend. LOL again!
Good idea but 9/10 the gallows breakets that the brickwork are fixed too is defective love to see if building control would pass this idea then we could all have a laugh who's right and who's wrong
[quote][p][bold]Home is where the heart is[/bold] wrote: Hightower pal, I earn my living doing this sort of thing and never in all my days have I heard how anyone can remove a chimney from the bottom up. Two steel gallows brackets are fixed very securely to the dividing wall either side the chimney in the loft and a thick steel plate is inserted into the breast supported by the brackets,then the chimney is dropped from the top down leaving the top bit sticking through the roof. Any other way spells disaster my friend. LOL again![/p][/quote]Good idea but 9/10 the gallows breakets that the brickwork are fixed too is defective love to see if building control would pass this idea then we could all have a laugh who's right and who's wrong phil kernot
  • Score: 1

10:51am Wed 30 Apr 14

Home is where the heart is says...

I think I need to clarify something here.
When Hightower said it was possible to remove a chimney whilst leaving the stack sticking through the roof he was right. I don't really think he meant you would dismantle from the bottom up though( as the BN story says)
The method I have described has been done thousands of times all over the country,although I would not recommend it without a structural survey first as earlier mentioned! The ideal way to do it is take the whole chimney down but if you share a chimney with your neighbour you cannot do that. If you actually read BN's story it states they demolished the chimney from the bottom up ie they dismantled the chimney starting in the living room and worked their way up,leaving tonnes of brick unsupported above their heads. How lucky they were that it let go when they had gone and not when they were stood underneath it !
I think I need to clarify something here. When Hightower said it was possible to remove a chimney whilst leaving the stack sticking through the roof he was right. I don't really think he meant you would dismantle from the bottom up though( as the BN story says) The method I have described has been done thousands of times all over the country,although I would not recommend it without a structural survey first as earlier mentioned! The ideal way to do it is take the whole chimney down but if you share a chimney with your neighbour you cannot do that. If you actually read BN's story it states they demolished the chimney from the bottom up ie they dismantled the chimney starting in the living room and worked their way up,leaving tonnes of brick unsupported above their heads. How lucky they were that it let go when they had gone and not when they were stood underneath it ! Home is where the heart is
  • Score: 3

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