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Saturday, November 2, 2013


11:58 am - 43 degrees - raining and windy (35+ mph)...

Wind in the mountains is unlike anything we have ever experienced.  Since the wind likes to swirl around the house, the rain and snow come from every possible direction – sometimes we feel like we’re inside a snowglobe.

Due to the high winds and heavy rains, that are very determined and persistent on coming down the stove pipe, we had to switch out the standard chimney cap with a high wind directional cap.  That seemed to do the trick...for a while that is.  After a few winters of heavy snow, broke the seal on the storm collar to the stove pipe.  So when the heavy rain storms hit, the stove pipe would leak. 

Up the ladder Tony went and climbed up to the peak of the roof, which is 34 feet up in the air, all to fix the first storm collar and add a second one.  He removed the old storm collar, cleaned it up, modified it to fit better, then reinstalled and sealed it.  He then installed and sealed a second storm collar on top of the first one.  We’re hoping that by having two storm collars it will be more rigid and withstand the heavy snow and keep the rain out.

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