wooden beams and wiring next to brick chimney

Massachusetts, United States   

I have a brick chimney with clay liner.

About 35 years ago the chimney was used as a chase to run wires to the upper floors. The chimney now needs to be relined.

Will a cast in place liner or a double walled metal liner give me the insulation needed for the wiring and the beams that are in contact with the brick?


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by Tristatechimney | January 10, 2016
Winchester, New Hampshire

After the damaged liner is removed, giving access to the wiring, it should be extracted and rerouted out of the chimney altogether.
Regardless of what kind of lining system is used, a chimney is no place for wiring.

by ChimneyChick | January 11, 2016 ChimneyChick's avatar
Midland, Ontario

If you are utilizing the chimney for any appliance venting there can be NO WIRES within the channels.

by Oliver Beauchemin | January 14, 2016
Waterville, VT

This is a comment from the person who submitted the question originally:

“Adding to my first post on this topic : I should have stated that the wiring is on the outside surface of the chimney.”

by ChimneyChick | January 14, 2016 ChimneyChick's avatar
Midland, Ontario

As we all stated the wires cannot be INSIDE the chimney nor the chimney chase, they must be outside the envelope of any chimney system.
The wires will have to be routed to outside the structure, then you can reline as your Chimney Professional suggests.

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