Well, the day of chimney repair has brought us this....
Peel back the siding and this is what you see....
15 years worth of damage, just percolating in there!
Worse on the right due to those stairs being there.
Remember I said the right side..um..this is the base of the firebox. Basically, this thing could have just fallen at any time. Nothing was supporting it. More pics here if you wanna look. This is a virgin fireplace. We've never used and and today I am so glad we didn't, who knows what would have happened. Hubby has hated this house from the get go, but at the time, it was what we could afford and now since we want to leave this &^%%* town someday, he doesn't want to buy another one. So we are stuck repairing this old house!
Sigh...more wood had to be bought...don't want to think of the extra cost. Guess that stimulus check that I really didn't want as we're gonna get taxed on it again will come in handy.
This is so not what I needed right now!!!