Thanks for comments. It's going to be block work above the lintel (chimneys on external wall) but I'll remove some plasterboard and take a look. The new opening will need to be a minimum of 800mm Wide X 900mm High, the external width at the base is 1600mm. Here's some pics up the flue.
Is the third piece of the lintel the bit that joins to the clay liner? I have had a couple of Hetas registered installers quote to fit a woodburner, one says they can remove the lintel without any problems and the other is reluctant to remove it (because the clay liners are sitting on it) and...
I've recently ripped out the existing open type gas fire and surround with the view of having a small wood burner or inset multi-fuel stove fitted. The house was built in the mid 90's and has this cast type lintel (pictured) and the chimney is built onto the external wall. Has anyone got any...
Thanks Vinn. Another question: Is there any reason why I can't use Drywall adhesive to fix the corner beads. I was going to use plasterboard screws but they seem to sit a bit high and I don't have any finish plaster at the minute.
Can an internal sand & Cement render (small area repairs) be skimmed a couple of weeks after it's been done? I would like to get a couple of original walls repaired and ready so the repairs can be skimmed at the same time as the boards.
@deadshort Had a look at the regulations and am amazed that loads of consumer units being sold (plastic) would need to be fitted inside a metal box to conform http://electrical.theiet.org/wiring-matters/55/consumer-units/index.cfm ?
Thanks for the answers and advice. Another question, the original consumer unit is fitted to wooden panels in an under-stairs cupboard, is there any reason that the electrician can't fit the new one in the same place?
@EFLImpudence @JohnW2 Thanks for the quick replies. The radial circuit (2.5mm² with 20A fuse) downstairs will have six sockets and a fused connection to the boiler. It's an old consumer unit at present that will be replaced.
Is there any reason that a small 2 bedroom house can't be wired with a ring circuit upstairs and a radial circuit downstairs. Each would be fused to regulations. (The kitchen would be on a separate ring circuit).
Thanks for the quick replies. @securespark The pipe is redundant now and will come out when we do the wiring.
Another question: It's only a small kitchen but would it be normal practice to put it on it's own ring main nowadays.
Thanks all for the advice and comments. Think I'll be leaving them at original heights.
@Taylortwocities They're both NICEIC Approved Contractors :confused: and their estimates were within a £100 of each other
I have had two electricians to estimate a complete rewire of a 1950's ex council house. The first said that all the switches and sockets will need to be re-positioned to conform to the latest height regulations and the second insists that they could stay in their original positions and any extra...