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Yates Mill Pond dam history

Today we are at a clients home off Lake Wheeler Rd just past the Yate Mill pond. The client have been living in this house for over 20 yrs now. We were in the back yard looking at the hardscapes he have been doing over the past years and noticed a large outcropping. This is […]

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How to Cool your home for almost FREE!! A/C

If you heat and cool you home you know how much it cost to do this.. I like to, as Clark Howard states, Save More, Spend Less and Avoid get Ripped Off..   With this thought in mind I tried to figure out ways to cool the house during the milder time of the year. You […]

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How new fireplace glass doors can help your home look better!!

Today we removed a standard set of old outdated small glass doors for a client and installed new proper size beautiful glass doors with sliding mesh screens.  Here we show how we did that and how much better the fireplace looks with the new doors.   the old doors.. the glass panel slide left but did […]

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How to operate fireplace damper,

Damper Operation, If you have a wood burning fireplace in your house that was built after 1950 if most likely has a damper you can open and close. QUICK TIP:  If you leave the damper open in winter long after the fire has burned out you are wasting 5-600+ feet per min of heated air […]

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Snow/Sleet in Raleigh NC..

Woke up this morning with a nice coating of snow then freezing rain on the roads.. The material is some 2″ thick with a nice layer of ice on top making for great sledding for the kids..   Here a look down our street.. not going to be heading out today it looks like..   […]

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Installing Spider Damper in Prefab chimney

Recently we installed a top mount damper in a prefab fireplace chimney called the Spider Damper.  This is used to replace a damaged or rusted damper part in most prefabs.   First we remove the cap on the chimney to check for installation issues. Then we pull the inner sheve up and out of chimney […]

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Water and how if effects your chimney.

        Water damages chimney’s, HOW?? Every year when we get lots of call several days after it rains with complaints of wet and musty smells coming from the chimney. Mortar and brick are very prone to water penetration and incursions.  Brick by it very nature are able to absorb lots of water. […]

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Summer is hear and bird are back, did they invade your chimney?

Every the chimney swift come back to begin nesting in mid April and continue till mid Sept.  The birds will return to the same chimney each year or the babies will return if the parents do not make the trip. We can install a chimney cap to prevent them from returning if you want. We […]

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Dryer Vent Cleaning, Raleigh NC, Apex NC, Clayton NC, Garner NC

Why should you be concerned about dryer vent cleaning?? You might be surprise to learn that in a single year some 15,000 home fires are started by dryer vents. Plus there are some 12 deaths that result from the fire reported every year.  Many small fires in dryer vent are not reported as the issues […]

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Servicing gas logs

We have been quite busy doing service calls on gas logs. Some need parts and some just need a good cleaning. If the logs are older than 5yrs and have been used more than normal they may need a good service to make sure all is well.  Over time the log set will get dusty […]

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  • Carl’s Corner

    Carl Newton: WolfPack Fan,
    Carolina Hurricanes Fan,
    Carolina Panthers Fan

    Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays are a time for family and friends to get together eat, drink and make merry..

    ALso, if you had another chimney sweep company come out to clean or check your chimney and leave you with a report that says you need thousands of dollars worth of repairs please give us a call.

    A lot of the thing they "recommend" are to bring your chimney up to 2018 code standards which is not necessary unless you are doing major repairs on the chimney or it is being torn down and rebuilt.


    PS, If you have gotten a quote for chimney repairs, ie.. you need a chimney liner -liner work, parging smoke chamber etc. or you have been told "you might burn your house down" stuff, that seem HIGH give us a call and let see what we can do for you.

  • Woodburning and gas burning fireplaces. Are they ready for winter.

    Is your Fireplace or Gas Logs ready to go.. If not or for a service give us a call.

    In a power outage a fireplace or gas logs may be your only form of heat so make sure they are working in top form. Give us a call to set up appt 919-772-8110

    have a good week

    PS: if you do NOT have a Carbon Monoxide detector and you have gas logs.. GET ONE.. NOW... I recommend the combo CO / Smoke battery powered detectors at Lowe's Home depot or most hardware stores..

    If yours are over 10 yrs old replace it.. (there's a date on back) If there is not a date of manf on back GET rid of it.

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