Our 90-year-old chimney is on the verge of teetering off the roof and crushing our neighbors on their back porch. It was in bad shape a year ago, and there's been a lot of rough weather since -- a blizzard, high winds, torrential rains, etc. Getting through another winter may be pressing our luck, so we're going to bite the bullet and break out the checkbook (seriously, ever since I started paying bills online, I write maybe five checks in a whole year). The damages? About $3,400 including a stainless steel liner (the liner is the killer, $1,500 in parts).
* Actually, Santa would be pretty pissed if he squeezed down our chimney and found himself in our boiler instead of a fireplace.