I have an older wood-burning fireplace that is missing a chimney cap. I'd like to install one prior to rain season here in California but would still like the ability to use the fireplace now and then (with the cap on).
I was originally thinking that this is a fairly simple DIY project but another post suggested that this can/should be done by a professional. I'm not sure if this was because the other post involved a Gas fireplace or not.
I have a couple questions:
What information is needed to purchase an appropriately sized chimney cap? I found a checklist here but wasn't sure if more info was needed.
Is chimney cap installation widely accepted as a task best left to professionals?