Phase two is complete. The chimney is down! There was a nice hole from the 2nd floor all the way down to the basement. The kids tried to talk us into a laundry shoot.
T knocked down the stone tablet that was supporting the whole thing. His theory is that originally that part of the basement was a crawl space. They build the chimney on the rock then decided to dig out the basement and left the dirt under the tablet in a big clay pile.
Then the cursed stairs came down. Boy will we miss them...