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487 Questions: Chimneys & Fireplaces


whats the best cure for rising dam in a chimney breast

we have been advised to strip back to the bricks and put on the plasterboard that has a foil of somekind on the back,but should we be putting something on the bricks to treat them first

Ylesleywhite 19th Feb, 2012 Chimneys & Fireplaces
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I've a mid terrace house and a water patch is appearing on my landing wall which is in line with my neighbours chimney.

I've checked the loft and their stack which forms the particition between our houses is also wet, rain water. They had the chimney breast in their ground floor living room removed. Is the chimney stable? I suspect the rain water is now finding a run off point into my landing wall and loft. What can I do to protect or fix my property, if they are not prepared to fix the problem? I've asked them twice already with no response. Thanks

Yfmcv 2nd Feb, 2012 Chimneys & Fireplaces
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Is there another way other than re-instating the chimney breast?

how much does it cost to reinstate a ground floor Chimney breast? We have a property which had the chimney breast taken out from the ground floor (in the lounge). We want to be able to put a gas fire or a log fire into our lounge. The lounge backs onto the hall way. We still have the chimney and part of the chimney breast on the first floor.
The lounge is 6m x 3.5m so I reckon the chimney stack needs to be 1m (or 1.5m) x 400-450cm. with just a standard height ceiling. Our house was built in the 1950s.
Is there any alternative other than to rebuilding the breast? and What do we have to do to prep the chimney to take a log burner?
Many thanks in advance.

Yllong 1st Feb, 2012 Chimneys & Fireplaces
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I have no intention of using my chimney again, What do I need to do to block it up permanently?

Yburns2k 30th Jan, 2012 Chimneys & Fireplaces
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REMOVAL -Chimney Breasts and Stack

I intend to remove chimney stack, all four breasts ( on a party wall). Would I require a Structual Enginer Report? Would I need to inform the council (Bristol)? Many thanks

Ybristol_35 1st Jan, 2012 Chimneys & Fireplaces
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Fireplace only has one opening and travels up through house - Confused!

I have the open fire on the ground floor. I use it sometimes with coal etc . I assumed that there would be an opening in the room above in the bedroom. Well I don’t and there is no hearth (and does not look like there ever was one) and it all looks original.

In the ajoining room that backs on to this room there is a hearth only with a hole in the wall (it doesn’t have a chimney breast but a metal plate going through the wall to a ceramic pipe that seems to go up to the roof and down to the kitchen. In total I have 2 chimney pots outside - One for the fire (ground floor) and whatever was connected in the upstairs back room I think. So openings jump sides by elevation with a separate pot . House built in 1929 and not sure if this was accepted architectural design at that time?

My assumption was I would need to put in a air brick in that front 1st floor room but it seems to be just a continuation of the same chimney from ground floor . Want to resist opening it up as I would lose that fire due to the airbrick and possible exhaust gas leakage.

My question is - How common is it to have just a chimney passing a room and having no opening? (I am told fires wont share the same pot on a chimney). That front bedroom just has a chimney breast and no opening !

Yfosbucket 31st Oct, 2011 Chimneys & Fireplaces
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can i mount a 50" plasma tv on chimney breast.

we have a 50" plasma tv and would like to mount it on chimney breast,we have a working coal fire,is it safe to do so.

Ypaularose17 15th May, 2012 Chimneys & Fireplaces
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Opening a bricked up fireplace.

Newly purchased 100 year old house with two bricked up fireplaces. Would like to open these up again and not sure how to go about it. Do I just take a guess and remove a brick and see whats behind and go from there one by one, or shall I just take a sledgehammer and smash it open (thinking of my ex whilst doing it)? Do I need to be aware of any supports which may be required. Chimney stacks are all still in place, and am aware will need to get chimneys swept and surveyed before use. :-)

Ybev_86 1st Feb, 2012 Chimneys & Fireplaces
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Flue replacement

My flue was damaged when back boiler and gas fire was removed, have been trying to get things sorted for nearly a year now,no two "experts" have said the same thing. It is a 5inch galvinised flue click lock together but this was broken on removal of boiler. Have been told need a new flue, although it can be locked back if we take panel out of wall, flue is 23 years old. Was told used existing flue and repair it, and have also been told to fit a flexi flue to eliminate the trouble of having inspection panels every 2.5 feet ??? Is there new legislation to have these inspection panels fitted by law? Would like some help please !

Yblue22 1st Aug, 2011 Chimneys & Fireplaces
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