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Chimney Breast Support

Discussion in 'Building' started by primetime, 2 Sep 2018.

  1. primetime

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    I've discovered that one of the chimney breasts was removed at ground floor but not supported where it met the ceiling/floor above. Effectively just hanging. There is a steel beam supporting the front edge of the chimney breast in the loft when it was converted (at the top of where the photos were taken). I have taken a few of the bottom bricks out to get a temporary support in (wood). Building control (Bristol) haven't been particularly helpful so far in what steps I need to take to remedy this but I believe I need to pay for the privelidge of applying to repair something that has been that way for years. I want to use gallows but don't want to proceed and then be told I need a beam spanning across the supporting walls. Do I need a structural engineer, party wall agreement etc. Neighbouring chimney is complete.
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  2. ^woody^

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    It's a small breast and looks tied in nicely. On the basis that it's been there for years and not lying in a heap, and there is a beam in the loft, then the timber support is likely adequate.
     
  3. cdbe

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    Just take it out - with what you've exposed already there can't be much more mess and it's no use for anything. BC will have no interest.
     
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