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

Expanding my fireplace opening

Discussion in 'Building' started by JohnnieD, 19 Aug 2019.

  1. JohnnieD

    JohnnieD

    Joined:
    19 Aug 2019
    Messages:
    5
    Thanks Received:
    0
    Country:
    United Kingdom
    4AA78257-C603-4AAC-8919-DF272FEEE20D.jpeg 5ED84FDB-7145-423E-98F1-A4E6E3594A20.jpeg F0B1A834-F110-4B8B-AF95-28287256B1F8.jpeg Hi all - newbie on here and would like some help

    So I’m living in a Taylor Wimpey house built in the year 2000 - it had a gas fire in the living room and chimney on the roof. I decided this year that I’d like to install a log burner- however after taking out the fire I found that the clearance wasn’t enough to accommodate the log burner that we wanted.

    Simple job I thought just a bit of general building work and i’m sorted, not the case as you can see from the photo I’m now faced with these 9 inch concrete rings that go up to the roof, a gather that I’m told is holding everything up thus I can’t take out any bricks/blocks from the side as it supports all above including the gather and concrete ring pipes .

    Can anyone advise me or direct me on how I can do this - I’m quite happy to get a builder in if needs be.

    Few photos below of where I’m at or not at as the case may be

    Any thoughts ideas comments- please please please get back to me

    Cheers

    John
     
  2. Sponsored Links
  3. domdee

    domdee

    Joined:
    29 Nov 2016
    Messages:
    381
    Thanks Received:
    39
    Location:
    East Yorkshire
    Country:
    United Kingdom
    I'm certainly no expert but i'll givve my 2p worth...
    I'd say you need to prop the second 'ring' with some kind of steel brace to allow you to take the first ring and that cast concrete lump. Remove necessary bricks and refit/replace the cast concrete to width/height required. You might need to remove more than you think to be able to sufficiently rebuild/support.
     
  4. JohnnieD

    JohnnieD

    Joined:
    19 Aug 2019
    Messages:
    5
    Thanks Received:
    0
    Country:
    United Kingdom
    Thanks domdee ~ looking at it I’m thinking the more supports the better. However that gives me restricted access in/around the working area I’m hoping their are a few builders on here that might have come across something like this before and has a few more good ideas
     
  5. domdee

    domdee

    Joined:
    29 Nov 2016
    Messages:
    381
    Thanks Received:
    39
    Location:
    East Yorkshire
    Country:
    United Kingdom
    yes room will be tight you could perhaps build the steel work/supports into your chimney?
     
  6. Sponsored Links
  7. JohnnieD

    JohnnieD

    Joined:
    19 Aug 2019
    Messages:
    5
    Thanks Received:
    0
    Country:
    United Kingdom
    Yep - think that’s what I’m going to have to do. Thinking of hiring one of these to assist called “No more props” looks ok and if I can also prop it either end I should be able to get in between to carry out the demolition/ building work
     
  8. domdee

    domdee

    Joined:
    29 Nov 2016
    Messages:
    381
    Thanks Received:
    39
    Location:
    East Yorkshire
    Country:
    United Kingdom
    Planning will be key! Good look. Keep us updated
     
  9. JohnnieD

    JohnnieD

    Joined:
    19 Aug 2019
    Messages:
    5
    Thanks Received:
    0
    Country:
    United Kingdom
    Will do and thank you for your thoughts
     
  10. JohnnieD

    JohnnieD

    Joined:
    19 Aug 2019
    Messages:
    5
    Thanks Received:
    0
    Country:
    United Kingdom
    Many thanks to Domdee for his comments - are there any experienced builders on here who would be so kind as to offer me advice on my issue? Any comments would be very appreciated
     
  11. DIYnot Local

    DIYnot Local

    Joined:
    3 Sep 2019
    Country:
    United Kingdom

    If you need to find a tradesperson to get your job done, please try our local search below, or if you are doing it yourself you can find suppliers local to you.

    Select the supplier or trade you require, enter your location to begin your search.


    Are you a trade or supplier? You can create your listing free at DIYnot Local

     
Loading...

Share This Page