October, 2004
Postcards from the Field
Inspection News and Views from the American Society of Home Inspectors

"We Hold This Chimney to Be Self-Evident..."



This is a chimney on an outer building on the estate of William Floyd, one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence. The building is an old blacksmith building built circa 1730. The chimney is for the bellows. The tree is petrified and still holding up the bricks, and it looks like it will for some time. A real estate agent would say: “What’s wrong? It’s still standing and was grandfathered in.”


Rich Manning

World Inspection Network of Smithtown
Smithtown, NY

Perfect for the DO-IN Yourselfer

This was a garage remodel that included a bathroom addition.
Homeowner Remodel Special:
 – Shave, Shower and Shock
 – No Contractors, No Permits, No Problems

Kent Hein
Florida Gulf Coast Home Inspections
Ft. Myers, Fla.

Give it a whirl

The 200-amp powerline passes from the pole, past a wind-directed chimney cap that has cut into one of the cables and started to cut into another.

Daniel G. Whitten
Buyers Inspection Group
Des Plaines, Ill.