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East Coast Masons

11007 Drumm Ave
Kensington, MD 20895240-606-5258



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Consumer from DERWOOD, MD
Aug 10, 2014
Not Recommended
Work Completed Date: May 18, 2012 Last Modified Date: Aug 3, 2014 Approximate Cost: $7,500.00 Home Build Year: 1983 Description Of Work: Tore down an old chimney with bad brick, and replaced it.

Declan Twohig and a subordinate replaced the chimney. The result was visually flawless, but unfortunately, after two years during which the fireplace and chimney were unused, the flagstone fell off the right chimney shoulder. The left flagstone also showed cracking in the concrete below it. I emailed Declan, requesting a repair. He offered to reset the right flagstone for $200. I replied that if he charged more than materials to repair the flagstone on an unused chimney that he built two years before, I would have someone else do the repair. Declan replied: "due to the very cold winter we had that sometimes happens with stone on shoulders they separate sorry." I responded: "If you don't take measures, I agree that things 'sometimes happen'. You might want to review your building methods." Declan replied: "you got to realize in America construction material is very poorly made especialy [sic] mortar and won't hold up to hot or cold weather i don't need to change America needs to make better material."

A quick walk around the neighborhood showed that only Declan's flagstones protruded from the chimney shoulders (by about one foot), so their extra, unnecessary weight added stress to the concrete adhering them to the chimney shoulders. I had another company repair both flagstones. The flagstones were cut to fit the shoulder, and masonry nails were used to support the chimney shoulders properly.

I recommend against hiring East Coast Masons, but if they build your chimney, tell Declan that he should cut the flagstones to fit the chimney shoulders and that he should use masonry nails to support them.
Consumer from Washington, DC area
Dec 01, 2010