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Bedford Ramblings
Steve Mills

Decisions of the gardening kind, mostly.

Posted Sunday, September 4, 2011, at 11:43 AM
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  • What a nice, slow rain. Almost makes me regret my decision, but waiting may still be best. Now that the warm weather plantings are behind me, the cool weather has a wider window of opportunity.

    My coating of the chimney did not work, so I went out this morning to put a tarp on it. It mystifies me. The roof is one year old and the flashings look better than good, so it has to be the mortar in the chimney, but I just don't see it!

    Next meeting might be an "In-door" plant give away for me. I have to start making plans for the colder months and as usual I have too many.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Mon, Sep 5, 2011, at 12:11 PM
  • Maybe,this is Nature's way of suggesting you get a "living roof".

    http://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-a-living-roof.html

    ;)

    -- Posted by quantumcat on Wed, Sep 7, 2011, at 2:30 PM
  • I kind of like that idea. It might take a structural engineer to determine if our roof can take the extra weight, but the insulating benefit could help tremendously.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Wed, Sep 7, 2011, at 10:40 PM
  • I had that problem a few years back Steve. A tall ladder, concrete caulking and finding the crack in outside wall of chimney. Has not leaked since.

    -- Posted by cherokee2 on Fri, Sep 16, 2011, at 5:45 PM
  • cherokee2 and I talked last night about this at the garden club meeting. In his case, he wisely chose to not use the fireplace.

    His crack went all the way through to the inner lining of the chimney and he found it on the outside by starting a smoke fire on the inside. By smoke fire, we mean a small, smoky fire, bit a roaring flame fire.

    In his case, a professional re-lining was needed if he chose to use the fireplace for real fires. I believe that after sealing it from leaking his heating out of the house, he used it as a great spot for a large TV. Did I catch that right cherokee2?

    -- Posted by stevemills on Sat, Sep 17, 2011, at 9:29 AM
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