Install Chimney Liner to Prevent Crumbling Brick

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I live in an old farmhouse in Virginia built in 1900. I am having spalling with my bricks (coming from a chimney used for a 10-year-old boiler) and have been told by a company that the water damage on my ceiling and continued spalling on the chimney is due to the gaps/damage on the bricks. The company has recommended that I put a wire mesh around the chimney because they said it is in decent condition (liner and cap still okay) and to stucco it. I don't want stucco. Could I put brick veneers on instead, and would the roof be able to hold this weight since the chimney is only exposed above the first floor? Is there another solution that you recommend? Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you. Sincerely, Page Hyler

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