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The previous owner installed a concrete block chimney for a woodstove in the basement. He did not tie in the chimney at the top and there is some movement. I want to secure to the house now and next summer have it properly repaired. Any suggestions

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If you are talking about side to side or horizontal movement. A easy temporary fix would be if you can get to it in attic is to use 1 1/2 inch angle iron. Cut four pieces three inches longer than outside dimensions of chimney. Take peices for front and back so that bottom side of angle sets flat against chimney.Lay two other pieces on top of of first two so that top edge of angle lays flat against chimney. Mark and drill 5/16 inch holes so that outside corners can be bolted together. I would use 1/4 x 1 1/2 inch hex bolts and nuts to fasten angle iron together. I should have said that the thickness of the angle iron could be 1/8 or 1/4 inch. Position support bracket so that you can use pieces of angle iron or strap iron from bracket to top or side of rafters or trusses. Drill holes in bracket end so you can use corner bolts and measure and cut to length as needed to reach nearest rafter. Drill 2 3/16 holes on end to be secured to rafter and nail with 16D nails. Secure all four sides and you should be good for now. Hope this helps. Thanks

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