1. Visiting from the US? Why not try DIYnot.US instead? Click here to continue to DIYnot.US.
    Dismiss Notice

Best tool for removing bars from base of cast iron fireplace

Discussion in 'Building' started by SJRSJR, 26 May 2018.

  1. SJRSJR

    SJRSJR

    Joined:
    25 Nov 2006
    Messages:
    484
    Thanks Received:
    6
    Location:
    London
    Country:
    United Kingdom
    Hi. Any advice on how to remove the bars from the base of a cast iron fireplace? They have to go so that a DFE gas fire on legs can be fitted. Someone suggested an angle grinder but I'd have to go in from above and am thinking it would be too big for the space. Would a multitool do the job? Thanks.

    Fireplace 4.JPG
     
  2. Sponsored Links
  3. noseall

    noseall

    Joined:
    2 Feb 2006
    Messages:
    42,914
    Thanks Received:
    2,657
    Location:
    Staffordshire
    Country:
    United Kingdom
  4. SJRSJR

    SJRSJR

    Joined:
    25 Nov 2006
    Messages:
    484
    Thanks Received:
    6
    Location:
    London
    Country:
    United Kingdom
    Very enigmatic, noseall!
     
  5. magicmushroom666

    magicmushroom666

    Joined:
    11 Jan 2010
    Messages:
    298
    Thanks Received:
    56
    Location:
    Essex
    Country:
    United Kingdom
    I'd use an angle grinder, you might not be able to cut it neatly out in one piece, but cut the middle out then work out to the edges, combination of a cutting and grinding disc.
     
  6. SJRSJR

    SJRSJR

    Joined:
    25 Nov 2006
    Messages:
    484
    Thanks Received:
    6
    Location:
    London
    Country:
    United Kingdom
    Thanks. Have never used an angle grinder before but bought one today. Will tackle it over the weekend.
     
  7. John D v2.0

    John D v2.0

    Joined:
    26 Aug 2016
    Messages:
    6,341
    Thanks Received:
    878
    Country:
    United Kingdom
    Hand, eye and ear protection, careful of sparks, use two hands. Angle grinder is about as dangerous as a circular saw so be careful.
     
  8. SJRSJR

    SJRSJR

    Joined:
    25 Nov 2006
    Messages:
    484
    Thanks Received:
    6
    Location:
    London
    Country:
    United Kingdom
    Thanks, yes, I've bought the safety gear. Currently watching a few YouTube videos so I know what to expect. :cautious:
     
    • Like Like x 1
  9. noseall

    noseall

    Joined:
    2 Feb 2006
    Messages:
    42,914
    Thanks Received:
    2,657
    Location:
    Staffordshire
    Country:
    United Kingdom
    Sorry bud hit the quote button accidentally.
     
  10. Sponsored Links
  11. ^woody^

    ^woody^

    Joined:
    3 Sep 2006
    Messages:
    33,585
    Thanks Received:
    4,565
    Location:
    West Mids
    Country:
    United Kingdom
    Cast iron can be snapped with a hammer
     
  12. John D v2.0

    John D v2.0

    Joined:
    26 Aug 2016
    Messages:
    6,341
    Thanks Received:
    878
    Country:
    United Kingdom
    Hand, eye and ear protection:LOL: ooh I've turned into mr health and safety since I've stopped doing this regularly
     
  13. ^woody^

    ^woody^

    Joined:
    3 Sep 2006
    Messages:
    33,585
    Thanks Received:
    4,565
    Location:
    West Mids
    Country:
    United Kingdom
    Boo hiss
     
  14. SJRSJR

    SJRSJR

    Joined:
    25 Nov 2006
    Messages:
    484
    Thanks Received:
    6
    Location:
    London
    Country:
    United Kingdom
    So I've removed the fireplace bars with the angle grinder (in full H&S garb) and the next step was to drill from the right hand side of the fireplace into the hearth area where a gas pipe will run. I was using an 18 inch SDS drill bit and was about an inch from success when it got stuck. It's now firmly lodged in the wall with about two inches poking out. Can't get any joy with the SDS in low gear, a different drill in reverse, vice grips, WD40 into cavity - any ideas? Was feeling pretty pleased with myself until now :(
     
  15. rsgaz

    rsgaz

    Joined:
    28 Jul 2014
    Messages:
    1,858
    Thanks Received:
    507
    Country:
    United Kingdom
    That's the right strategy, but vice grips won't have the biting force required. Do you have water pump pliers?

    Grip the shank of the bit in the 'most leverage' part of the jaws, like I've drawn here...

    jaws.jpg

    ...and rotate anti clockwise.
     
    • Thanks Thanks x 1
  16. SJRSJR

    SJRSJR

    Joined:
    25 Nov 2006
    Messages:
    484
    Thanks Received:
    6
    Location:
    London
    Country:
    United Kingdom
    Thanks for that rsgaz. I've tried it with the water pump pliers but still no joy. The drill bit is so long that I can't get enough torque on it, it wobbles at the near end. It's annoying that it's my biggest drill bit otherwise I'd try and go in alongside it - I'll have to buy a bigger one to try that.
     
  17. rsgaz

    rsgaz

    Joined:
    28 Jul 2014
    Messages:
    1,858
    Thanks Received:
    507
    Country:
    United Kingdom
    Keep at it, this will work, I've had to do it a hundred times in concrete floors which grab the bit all the time.

    Wobble the bit around in an anti clockwise direction for a minute(while pulling outward), the try again with the water pump pliers, it only needs to turn by a fraction to release it. Repeat these steps until free!

    If you get it to rotate at all, put the drill back on it and use reverse and it should come out.
     
    Last edited: 29 May 2018
    • Thanks Thanks x 1
Loading...

Share This Page