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Fireplace rebuild - Steel to support brick arch

Discussion in 'Building' started by PhilbyWalsh, 2 Sep 2013.

  1. PhilbyWalsh

    PhilbyWalsh

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    We are in the process of having the fireplace in our kitchen/diner renovated.

    There were a significant amount of damaged bricks which have been removed and this weekend a bricklayer will commence re-building it.

    He mentioned that we'd need a bit of steel (approx 2m x 4 inch) to bend and support the arch.

    I've struggled to find something suitable with the closest being the one below

    http://www.wickes.co.uk/invt/188285

    Any UK-based posters have any advice on where I could pick up something that meets the requirement?

    A specialist supplier perhaps?

    Thanks.
     
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  3. tony1851

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    You won't bend 6mm thick steel bar to an arch form.
    Why not make a simple form out of timber and get the brickie to build a proper half-brick arch off that?
     
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    Hi,

    Have you thought of contacting a local iron works - loads around and can do it for you.
     
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    Why not make it out of wood? What with it being arch shaped it adds a tremendos amount of strength for minimal material. A great deal easier to bend too!

    Nozzle
     
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    Not sure I understand... When you removed the original bricks from the fireplace did you also remove the old lintel? There would have been something supporting the wall above which was resting on the bricks
     
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    The very concept of an arch is that it is self supporting

    Is your bricklayer a real one?
     
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    It is only self supporting when it is built!! How does one build it then to get it to a stage where it is self supporting?

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    Not with a steel plate as suggested by the 'bricklayer'
     
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