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Getting The Fireplace ready

It’s getting close to time to start thinking about firing up the fireplace, if you haven’t already.Fireplace

My friend in Wichita Kansas wrote me a note today telling me of problems with his sealed artificial log  gas fireplace in his home.  It would start up, burn for a few minutes then die out. The pilot light remained lit.

So he had a repairman come out. His unit had a condition called ghosting. It wasn’t getting  air.

Turns out a bird had built a nest in the exhaust vent! The combustion air comes from outside the house and was being blocked. Cost him a hundred bucks. Maybe he saved you the same.

Check your vents and chimneys for obstructions before using your fireplace this season, be it gas or a wood burner.

It’s always a good idea to have the chimney “sweeped” if you haven’t in while. Creosote, a highly combustible product, can build up in your chimney. Creosote is caused by the flu gas, or smoke, traveling up a relatively cool chimney where it condensates. The carbon based condensation that materializes in the flue is creosote.

Creosote in your chimney can catch fire….and that’s never a good thing.  So be pro-active, be safe and do proper maintenance on your fireplace this season.

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November 18, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Is Your Fireplace Ready?

It’s getting close to time to start thinking about firing up the fireplace, if you haven’t already.

My friend in Wichita Kansas wrote me a note today telling me of problems with his sealed artificial log  gas fireplace in his home.  It would start up, burn for a few minutes then die out. The pilot light remained lit.

So he had a repairman come out. His unit had a condition called ghosting. It wasn’t getting  air.

Turns out a bird had built a nest in the exhaust vent! The combustion air comes from outside the house and was being blocked. Cost him a hundred bucks. Maybe he saved you the same.

Check your vents and chimneys for obstructions before using your fireplace this season, be it gas or a wood burner.

October 30, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Get Permission

Building Permits

A building permit is your formal permission from the city or county to start construction, demolition, or renovation on your property, home  or any real estate.

In Wichita Kansas the authority is OCI, or Office of Central Inspection. Before beginning any renovations, someone on the staff of the local government agency must review your plans to ensure compliance with local zoning, bylaws, and other applicable regulations.

While the work is being preformed inspectors will come out to make sure everything is being done properly and to code. Different inspectors such as plumbing, electrical, building will sign off their perspective responsibilities.

A building permit is required to :

* Construct a new building

* make any additions to an existing building

*Renovate, repair or add to a building

*Demolish or remove all or a portion of a building

* Change a building’s use

* Install, change, or remove partitions/ load bearing walls

* Make new openings for, or change the size of, doors and windows

* Build a garage, balcony or deck

* Excavate a basement or construct a foundation

* Install or modify heating, plumbing or air-conditioning systems

* Install or reconstruct chimneys or fireplaces

*Install an accessory structure larger than 108 square feet in area

* Build a deck more than 24” above ground

* Install a wood burning stove/fireplace

* Construct a basement entrance or a second suite

* Alter or install new plumbing

Contact your local governmental office or building inspections for details.

August 6, 2010 Posted by | Home, kansas, real estate, Wichita | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

   

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