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My chimney won't budge. I have no doubt this is at least in part due to going under a low bridge a few months back, must have been asleep at the tiller or something, but it was high enough for the chimney proper to fit, but just too low for the rain cap, which bent backwards. I was able to get it back in place, just a little battered looking. 

 

But I think the chimney also got bent out of shape a bit, not very visible, but I don't think it sits as straight on the collar as it did. 

 

Any tips and warnings? I've heard about wrapping some rope round it about halfway up, twisting the tension with a spanner, in the hope the bottom flares a bit, making it easier, but that didn't work so far. 

 

I assume a few squirt of silicon lubricant are a good idea. I won't be using the fire for a few days minimum, so I should have thought that's safe enough, but does anyone disagree, or want to make other suggestions? 

 

Thanks! 

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2 minutes ago, captain flint said:

My chimney won't budge. I have no doubt this is at least in part due to going under a low bridge a few months back, must have been asleep at the tiller or something, but it was high enough for the chimney proper to fit, but just too low for the rain cap, which bent backwards. I was able to get it back in place, just a little battered looking. 

 

But I think the chimney also got bent out of shape a bit, not very visible, but I don't think it sits as straight on the collar as it did. 

 

Any tips and warnings? I've heard about wrapping some rope round it about halfway up, twisting the tension with a spanner, in the hope the bottom flares a bit, making it easier, but that didn't work so far. 

 

I assume a few squirt of silicon lubricant are a good idea. I won't be using the fire for a few days minimum, so I should have thought that's safe enough, but does anyone disagree, or want to make other suggestions? 

 

Thanks! 

Just tap all around the base of the chimney with a hammer where it fits over the collar. Keep tapping to break down the rust and it will eventually lift off.

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Tap the base of the chimney with a hammer or heavy bit of wood whilst jigling the top of the chimney with your spare hand.

Jus remember that the chimney fits the chimney coller and if it still fits it, then it will eventually come loose!

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6 minutes ago, bizzard said:

Just tap all around the base of the chimney with a hammer where it fits over the collar. Keep tapping to break down the rust and it will eventually lift off.

Thanks, been doing that some, will keep at it! 

6 minutes ago, Boater Sam said:

Reverse under the same bridge.................................... Got my coat.

Water's not high enough any more ?

6 minutes ago, Chewbacka said:

Have you tried waggling the top around to ‘walk’ the chimney up 

Hey, if it waggled round at all I'd feel like the end is in sight! 

5 minutes ago, nipper said:

Tap the base of the chimney with a hammer or heavy bit of wood whilst jigling the top of the chimney with your spare hand.

Jus remember that the chimney fits the chimney coller and if it still fits it, then it will eventually come loose!

Thanks! I'll keep at it then

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Thanks for all the advice, everyone. I realise I just needed to have faith and stick at it. It's now off. I might have given up earlier were it not for comments here, so it's much appreciated. I will now be able to get under Roydon bridge, plus I've taken the oppprtunity to give chimney and stove a thorough clean to boot. 

 

This forum rocks, I'm always amazed how fast the responses come in

 

Thanks again

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4 minutes ago, captain flint said:

Thanks for all the advice, everyone. I realise I just needed to have faith and stick at it. It's now off. I might have given up earlier were it not for comments here, so it's much appreciated. I will now be able to get under Roydon bridge, plus I've taken the oppprtunity to give chimney and stove a thorough clean to boot. 

 

This forum rocks, I'm always amazed how fast the responses come in

 

Thanks again

Mostly retired old codgers with nothing else to do, that's why.:giggles:

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2 hours ago, bizzard said:

Mostly retired old codgers with nothing else to do, that's why.:giggles:

Yup, that's kind of what I thought...! Very much appreciated, though, as far as I'm concerned it's time put to good use. 

 

Now, let's see if I manage to scrape the edges of my roof on this low, arched bridge....! 

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32 minutes ago, captain flint said:

Yup, that's kind of what I thought...! Very much appreciated, though, as far as I'm concerned it's time put to good use. 

 

Now, let's see if I manage to scrape the edges of my roof on this low, arched bridge....! 

One side of that rail bridge is slightly higher than the other.

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2 hours ago, captain flint said:

Thanks for all the advice, everyone. I realise I just needed to have faith and stick at it. It's now off. I might have given up earlier were it not for comments here, so it's much appreciated. I will now be able to get under Roydon bridge, plus I've taken the oppprtunity to give chimney and stove a thorough clean to boot. 

 

This forum rocks, I'm always amazed how fast the responses come in

 

Thanks again

A bit like doing that with the chimney. :captain:

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