chimney

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    Gas fire to electric stove

    Hi, looking for some guidance, this might be long because I don’t know if it makes sense! We had an old gas fire in our 70’s build house which we had removed (and capped off by a gas safe engineer), and were left with an ugly hole in the chimney breast. In the chimney breast is a metal...
  2. L

    Claim of damage by neighbour due to part chimney removal

    Hi We removed the part of the chimney in our bathroom last year. (Did inform the neighbours) and the reminder was supported by the gallows brackets etc... neighbour was happy for us to remove the part of the chimney and all hunky dory. Build control passed the inspection and got the Completion...
  3. V

    Vents & Odours

    Hi, we’ve moved into our first home (the 1st & 2nd floors of a Victorian mid terrace). Unfortunately we didn’t realise the downstairs neighbour was the worlds biggest stoner when we bought, the seller masked it very well. I’m waking up to the smell of cigarettes and weed on the top floor...
  4. S

    Chimney Ventillation

    Hello The chimney breast and hearth have been removed on the ground floor. The chimney breast and hearth remain on the first floor, and the chimney breast goes up into the attic and onto the chimney outside. The chimney pots have been capped and have ventilation points. However there is no...
  5. B

    Repairing random rubble wall after chimney breast removal

    I have recently removed loads of chimney breast from the ground and first floor in my property. On the first floor and in the loft, the breast wasn't tied into the party wall so it was very easy to remove. Downstairs the breast was tied in to the random rubble wall and removing it was a...
  6. T

    Old dead chimney

    Hi guys, I have an old dead and unused chimney in a renovation property, the stach has been removed to below the roof into the attic space and currently not capped, further down the chimneys that it served have all been fully bricked up as in not just the cave but the full depth of the...
  7. H

    Leak from roof, possible flashing issue

    Following the recent storms, we heard water dripping in our loft and discovered what looks like a slipped tile and an issue with the flashing round the chimney. We have a hole in the felt in the loft and you can see daylight. Also there was water coming down the chimney in the loft which now...
  8. P

    Venting an orphan chimney breast

    Hi all. I live in a house with 3 floors. The previous owners of our house removed a chimney breast in the loft (floor 3), and they also removed the chimney stack from the roof. However, on the lower floors (1 and 2) they left the rest of the chimney breast standing. This means we have a chimney...
  9. D

    Water marks inside on downstairs chimney breast

    Hi there, Recently I noticed that there are some water marks on the paintwork of one of the downstairs chimney breasts in my end of terrace house. Both breasts face the pathway on the outside of the house, i.e. not adjoined to the neighbouring property. Note that there's no issues on the breast...
  10. L

    Damp

    We had our chimney capped and repointed during the summer, however have noticed a couple of damp patches at the front and to the side. the two discoloured/ brown bits are reading high (about 37/8) but everywhere else seems fine. anyone have any idea what else could be causing it or how to...
  11. U

    cut out part of chimneybreast, is it safe?

    Hi, We've had our chimney breast opening widened (probably a brick wider than the builders opening) and the lintel replaced with a stronger one and moved higher up at the front. Some of the brickwork needed to be cut out. Is our chimney flue and the second/third row of bricks supported by the...
  12. Kevjh

    Converting coal fire to gas

    I have a cast iron fireplace installed and wanted to put a gas fire insert (one of the coal ones) into the bottom where the real coal would have sat and had a couple of questions. An old 1950's fire was taken out, and I have cut away some of the brick and filler to allow this cast iron (coa...
  13. HelpNHelper

    Damage caused on neighbour property due to shared chimney

    Hi My neighbour's roof tiles got damaged due to the bricks came off from shared chimney. The bricks came off from the neighbour's side of the chimney. As a precaution, the builder repointed the chimney and removed other bricks with a chance of future damage. Who is responsible to pay for the...
  14. B

    Fireplace / chimney mould?

    Hi, can anyone confirm whether the black stuff in the photos is mould? I think it may be mould but perhaps covered in dust, so I’m not sure. The photos are from an old disused fireplace that is now simply a hole in my bedroom wall with a breeze coming through it. I’m on the top floor with two...
  15. Kburrito

    Widening builders opening - Feasable?

    Hey, Took the fireplace out and got left with what looks like a neat builders opening. Can this opening be extended if I add a new wider lintel? Extending only by 10cm each side. Can the gather/bricks inside be removed? What if sides of chimney breast are hollow? Seems like they might...
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    Roof leak

    Hello community, wondering if someone could help. I have two chimney breasts in my flat. There are no fireplaces underneath but 4 chimneys point to them on the roof. When it rains, they were leaking and the walls were getting wet. So we had the entire roof redone, which was rather battered, the...
  17. L

    Chimney Leak

    Hi, every time it rains we get water dripping into our fire place, no damp in the bedroom by the chimney just seems to be dripping down the flue into the fireplace. When its heavy rain its larger and more consistent drips than when its light rain. We got hold a roofer that was recommend by a...
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    Constructional Hearth Guidance

    Hello everyone, I have spent the last few days reading lots of posts on constructional hearths for solid fuel stoves but very little reference to gas fires. The background: I have bought an 1890's victorian semi which was unoccupied for 16 months and previously rented out. The property...
  19. A

    Crack in chimney wall - advice please!

    I recently noticed a crack in a wall which is under our chimney stack. I can't tell if this wall is supposed to be supporting the stack or not, but right now it isn't. The wall sits on a wooden lintel which half rests on the brick for the stack and the other half across ceiling joists (I think...
  20. E

    Should I worry about this crack in the chimney breast?

    Hello, I've noted a number of hairline cracks appearing on plaster on a wall that shares a chimney with our neighbour. Most of these appeared after we had the walls replastered: but recently there are some more cracks that have appeared on the first floor. These are relatively long (1/2 the...
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