fireplace

  1. G

    Fireplace boarding and hearth install

    Hi! We have just removed the mantle and surround from our fireplace and are left with a good sized recess. I want to board the recess to be painted and fit a hearth that I can tile over. Best way to go about this as the base of the fireplace is currently higher than the floor as seen in the...
  2. J

    Cost to remove a fireplace

    Hey all Any idea what a reasonable cost is in greater London to remove a connected gas fireplace (splinth, surround, firebox etc), board it up and plaster? Cheers,
  3. samiebon1

    Exposed fire place boarding

    Unearthed the original fire place yesterday after it was completely bricked up. Looking for advice on how to board up completely - my current thoughts were: - chimney sweep flue - bung flu with balloon/insulation (cap chimney with vent in due course) - scrub remaining soot/salts - batten the...
  4. S

    Fireplace hearth

    We have opened up an old fireplace in an upstairs bedroom (it’s a Victorian house) and we’re now prepping the room for new skirting boards and carpet, but need to fix the hearth area first. I assume I need to lift out the remnants of the crumbly old hearth surround first, but how do I create a...
  5. M

    Plaster of Paris fireplace install

    Good evening fellow DIY degenerates! I am trying to fit a plaster of Paris fireplace surround but can’t see any obvious fixing points or bracketry. As it is made of plaster of Paris it is quite fragile, therefore I’m nervous to drill into it. It will be going onto a freshly boarded and skimmed...
  6. DaveyBoy76

    Prepare a hearth before tiling.

    We have this fireplace which I want to tile. The hearth is alright, but could do with some patching/repair/flattening before I start. The old tiles became detached from the hearth before we bought the house, so looking to make sure that that doesn't happen again. What should I use to prepare...
  7. W

    Fireplace prep - woodburner

    Morning all, Looking for some advice on some fireplace work. I'm removing a gas fire and putting a work burner in. Looks like there are two lintels, a main one and a secondary lintel perhaps put in to close the gap for the gas fire. Was this common practise? Any issues in removing the...
  8. J

    Fireplace hearth for log and coal burning cast iron insert

    I’ve pulled out the old fireplace and replaced the concrete hearth as it was bits, now that’s done I’m unsure of how to go about getting a new hearth made up. The issues I have is the concrete hearth doesn’t go out further than the outside of the mantle surround, outside of the concrete hearth...
  9. B

    Resizing and/or lowering hearth

    Hi all - wondering if i could get any advice on if what I'm trying to do is possible. We have a working fireplace with a marble surround and wood mantel. Currently the marble hearth sits a few inches above the floorboard level, on exposed concrete (I believe a combination of original victorian...
  10. J

    Fireplace - Gap between lintels into cavity

    Hi, First post so please go easy on me We moved into a new build last year with a wood burning stove and come the winter I was disappointed with the amount of heat the fire kicked out. After some inspection, I noticed within the recess there are two lintels but with about a 4 inch gap...
  11. K

    Removing open fireplace in timber framed bungalow

    Hey all, I'm in the process of removing and blocking up an old open fireplace in my 1960s timber framed bungalow. Single skin brick exterior, suspended timber floors. Having dug out the fireplace, back boiler, hearth and fireback, we removed what turned out to be a 'modern' combined throat...
  12. K

    Is a fireplace arch still acceptable or do I need a lintel as well?

    Opening up the Builders space to install a multifuel stove and discovered the arch lintel which doesn't have a steel support as mentioned elsewhere. You can see how they just filled up with bricks on top on a "mini-lintel" but underneath the arch which is why the brickwork is ropey cos it's just...
  13. Avoidingdisaster

    Reconstructing original fireplace opening

    Hello all, I would love a couple of pointers please ‍(y) I live in a 1980’s built house with an external chuted brick/block built fireplace. It has already had one modification done to it prior to me moving in, the original was a floor to lintel opening - using a redbank lintel (I excavated...
  14. L

    Marble mantelpiece - how can we tidy this up?

    Hi everyone. We had our fireplace opened up recently and a second hand marble mantelpiece fitted. The mantle shelf has been fitted slightly higher than the surround, which has left approximately a 10mm gap. Builder tried to fix it with some shims and caulking on the sides, but it's all visible...
  15. F

    How to level floor in old hearth

    Hi all, We have just removed an old electric fireplace from our new home and have had the wall plastered. We ideally want the remaining space to look the same on the floor section. As someone who has no clue about this kind of thing, how would we go about levelling this part and getting it...
  16. D

    How to level my fireplace?

    Hi there! I am relatively new to DIY and would appreciate some advice on how to level my fireplace. Currently the fireplace is lower than the floorboard (up to 3cm) , and I am planning to fill it with self levelling concrete/ compound to bring to the same level. However, I am not sure how I...
  17. A

    Preparing an uneven stone hearth for tiling

    Hello, I have knocked out a fireplace (with great help from this group). It will only be decorative. The builders opening will all be boarded and skimmed. I would like to tile the old hearth (removing it is not an option, and neither is keeping it- drill holes). What would be the best way to...
  18. Ellenp83

    Old fireplace remove bricks

    We have removed a plaster boarded wall in our living room. Is it possible and safe to remove some bricks from this previous fireplace space without the whole thing falling down? Specifically the bricks which I have circled? The lintel looks like it’s made of concrete. The plan is to have a...
  19. V

    Chimney breast lintel

    I want to install a log burner in this opening. It has a brick arch lintel that sits fairly low (84cm if you include the bricks at the base). I want to install a lintel and box it off but I'm struggling to work out how I can do this in the least invasive way possible. I think at the very least...
  20. W

    Skirting around bricks. Angles and Mitre Box - Confused!?! (Picture inside)

    Really confused about what angles and how I cut the skirting architraves. :unsure: I have probably the simplest Mitre box from Screwfix, and for some reason, cutting the angles doesn't seem to overlap at all. Youtube videos haven't helped. I am quite possibly being very daft and missing the...
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