Working in the Cold

People ask me how I can work out in the freezing cold, when its windy, and the roofs are covered in ice and snow. I much prefer working in the cold to working in the heat.People smile when I say that, as if I must be joking.But I'm totally serious.…

Respect

RespectTo us, respect means having integrity in business and treating others the way we would like to be treated.  We respect your home.  Our goal: your home will be cleaner when we are finished with our work, (whether its a chimney cleaning…
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Safety

SafetyAt Bailey's Chimney C&R, the number one thing we aim to provide is peace of mind.    The safety of our workers and our customers is of paramount importance to us; safety is our number one priority. That's why we invest so much…
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Doing it Right

A lot of fireplaces have internal dampers; there is a handle that comes down into the fireplace; you pull the handle towards you to open the damper, and you push it towards the back of the fireplace to close it.  When we sweep these chimneys,…

Does your dryer vent need to be cleaned?

Angie from Angie's List says there are 15,000 house fires every year caused by dryer vents.  That's why Bailey's Chimney Cleaning & Repair made the investment to become the only company in New Mexico certified in dryer vent technology.  We…

The Bailey's Chimney Story (Part 1)

THE BAILEY'S CHIMNEY STORY (Part 1) How I got into, and then out of, and then back into the chimney business. My grandfather,…

Bailey's Chimney Story (Part 2)

The Bailey's Chimney Story (Part 2) Wade told me that when he started his chimney business, when he ran into problems he would call Lou, and Lou would talk on the phone with him in…

The Favicon

This photo is by Heather Sparrow. She took it the first year I was in business, just after I started Bailey's Chimney Cleaning & Repair, and I've been using this image in my promotional materials ever since. I'm a few years older now than…

Sweeping in the Winter

My friend Dorie Hagler took this photo years ago on a way-below-zero day in Taos Ski Valley. That's me on the ladder. She did a photo essay/article on my chimney work for the Taos News.

Bailey's Chimney at Work--VIDEO!

This video shows the Bailey's crew hard at work cleaning a chimney near Arroyo Seco, NM.

How To Build A Fire

1. Lay two logs side by side on floor of firebox with 4 to 6 inches of space in between them.2. Crumple 2 or 3 sheets of newspaper loosely, place between logs.3. Lay kindling across newspaper so it is supported by the logs but bridges over the…
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Wood Heat is Green Energy

This may sound crazy, but believe it or not heating your home with wood in an EPA approved, contemporary, efficient wood stove is good for the environment.What?  That can't be true.   It's true.  Let me explain.  It begins with the cycle…
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A chimney sweep's perfect Monday

Today started off like this, with a stovepipe to un-clog. Service! I love being of service. It gives meaning to my life--and pays the bills too. And ends up like this, after my 1st hike up the ridge, at 12,500 (or so)  feet, with the whole…
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The Joy of Building a Fire

Building a fire to keep warm is a primal, instinctive bit of work. There is some kindling to be chopped, some paper to be crumpled, some wood to be laid out, a match or a lighter light.    The photo above is the wood stove at my house taken…
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Pozzi Franzetti

My mom and I went to a celebration of artist Pozzi Franzetti's life at the Taos Country Club today. Pozzi (pronounced Posey with a long o)  died on November 26th, 2012.   If you didn't know her or if you did know her, you might want to click…

Hibernation

This time of year has always been hibernation time for me.  In chimney world, the busy season is over.The phone doesn't ring much. Yesterday, for example, all I did was one dryer vent service job.  Today I have no jobs on the schedule. The…
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Things I sell

I'm a chimney wizard.These are some of the things I sell.  Double-wall and single-wall sections of stovepipe in various telescoping lengths, and elbows, 45 and 90 degree. Class A insulated chimney sections from 18' to 48' in galvalume…

When I Started Writing

I've only just begun this project and it almost feels like it did back when I used to really write, when I started writing.  Thousands of words a day came out of me, sometimes.  Smoking cigarettes nonstop, I myself some kind of a living chimney…
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Increasing Lung Capacity on the Slopes

Jan. 2Skiing yesterday...missed the 9 a.m. shuttle so I decided to drive to the ski valley.  Driving up that last stretch, the road was pretty snowy and a few cars on their way down had hats of snow on their roofs a foot thick.  It looked…
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First Day, 2013

2013, Day OneEarly in the morning on this cold January 1st day of 2013, with the light starting to creep in around the curtain on my bedroom windows, I had the laptop open and I noticed on face book in an old friend's post that she had blogged…