How do I find out what I've got behind old fireplace?
Keep going with the plaster to make sure the lintel is properly supported and you can see how wide a hole you can safely make. Then I would use an angle grinder with a diamond disc to cut the motor of the perimeter bricks out instead of smashing them out. Then smash the inner ones. Will be messy though!Posted 4 years ago
Sorry for crappy pics, phone only to upload.
Think you can see where it’s been bricked up? Lintel only looks like it was resting on less than a brick width??
Below lintel there’s two rows, then the third down is all to cock, like a bodge.
Rest look ok.
I’ll make a brew and await any insight!
Looks fine to me. Just take out all those bricks up to lintel. The lintel isn’t actually doing much, it only really supports the triangle of bricks directly above it so a small bearing is normal.
It will be messy inside: soot, rubble, builders waste, dead birds. Be ready.Posted 4 years agoLady GresleyMember
We’ve just taken out an old gas fire and surround, which left a similar small hole. Simple solution – new fire surround and a sheet of mdf as the back panel to cover the hole 😀Posted 4 years ago
We were luckier in the back room, the existing original 1930s tiled fire place behind the gas fire had a proper fire insert bit, so no work required.
Done for today; cheers for advice!
Am I ok to take the layer of bricks off that are set out from wall? They’re a bit of a half arsed job and there’s some weirdness with bricks in bottom left hand corner which are still there.
For example when you try li lift the innermost brick, it’s taking the floor with it, almost like it’s a sheet of metal? No idea what it is yet.
I’ve got proper photos on camera if needed.
I’d not recommend anything burning and consuming oxygen in the bedroom. With the replacement double glazing and draughtproofing that will have happened over the years you might have issues with oxygen. It is also believed that you sleep better with the bedroom cooler than the rest of the house and that won’t happen with a fire in there!Posted 4 years agothegreatapeMember
^ that’s probably true. In addition, even with flue liner and vermiculite, plenty of warmth comes through the chimney into our boys room. I sometimes wonder if the flue rests against the brick there – impossible to get it central round the curves in our chimney – but either way, the upstairs room also benefits.Posted 4 years ago
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