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We have a sixties house with the chimney breast built on the outside. We want to move the fireplace 6 foot over in the lounge as we are extending it.

We have an old fireplace to turn into display, what do we need to do to the chimney?

We are currently renovating our house. Its pretty old and we have done all the work ourselves to save on costs. However we have hit a mini road block…we have an empty fireplace in our house (just a dirty brick hole in the wall with a chimney (no surround). We already have a fireplace in that room: which we intend to use. So we want to turn the old hole in the wall fireplace into a display, maybe a drinks cabinet for fancy bottles or a candle display. We were wondering if there’s anything we need to do to the actual chimney, to prevent draft, or rainwater dripping in…etc. Can you help with any practical advise?
Many thanks. Julie And Jonny :)

Hi I have removed an old 1930s tiled fire surround, and fire box, I am now left with infill ?

Hi I have removed an old 1930s tiled fire surround, and fire box, I am now left with what looks like infill to narrow the original gap, (this is made up of rough brickwork and is not tied to the Walls and has a very small metal lintel in it)
My question is I can't seam to see another lintel of any type up the chimney ?
So how safe is it to remove what looks like infill as I want to widen the fire place ?

The lintel is holding a single skin of bricks

Thanks for any help

Does my chimney stack really need to come down?


My neighbour (who I get on really well with) has asked me to pay half the cost of having our shared chimney stack removed to the roofline and the roof tiled over.

He has water leaking into his upstairs bedroom, though I've got no problems in my side. It is a disused chimney running from the kitchen (would have once been a range cooker, I guess). Neither of us uses this chimney, we both have two other chimneys we use.

What worries me is there is nothing wrong on my side, no leaks, the mortar looks ok, but on his side, the mortar is very clearly degraded and some of the bricks look very worn.

It seems obvious to me that he should just pay to have his side repointed.
He insists the stack needs to come down for the long-term good of both properties.

Questions then are:

1. Should I agree even if there's nothing wrong my side just to keep good neighbour relationship and to avoid my side leaking eventually?

2. Should I talk to building regs people? Do I need their permission?

Thanks very much



Thank you so much to you three lovely wise people, I really appreciate your advice. Felt a bit in the dark on this and wasn't sure if it was common etc. feel much more brave now about squaring up to the problem and my neighbour. Big thanks!

Can I remove chimney breasts without removing the chimney stack on the roof?

I'm thinking about moving into a 1930s bungalow which has an open fire place (which the vendors tell me they use but I doubt it!) in one room, and in other room they have a wood burner electric fan heater in the fire place. I would like to remove both the chimney breasts. Can i do this without taking out whatever is in the loft?
Any advise greatly appreciated. Thanks

Wondering about re-plastering or re-building a chimney

Plaster work has been done previously, and is done to a very poor standard. Additionally there is a chip of the bottom right of the chimney, also curves out at top. The chimney probably needs removed with new tunnels put in as still using gas fire. How much will the the job cost and how long will the job take?

How to get a Builder to respond to calls

A reccomended builder (HETAS and FMB) came to look at a job for us. He was very thorough, took measurements and photos, and we were impressed by his knowledge and attitude. He said to give him 2 days to get back to us. After 6 days I started to chase him and after 12 days of leaving messages, and getting no response, he finally sent us an estimate (by email) for the job. Two in fact, as one used an alternative method. We were happy with the estimates and accepted the second (higher one) by email, at the same time as asking when we could expect him to do the job. 5 Days later and we are still waiting for some acknowlegement. Ringing only gets a message system - messages are ignored (again) and emailing gets no response either. Now he may be an excellent Builder but a poor correspondant, but .... is this normal with Builders or do you think he's just mucking us about ?

Wet patches internally on upstairs & downstairs chimney breast

Hello - I have round damp patches on chimney breast in bedroom - under coving to right hand side and on the short return wall. Same place/shape each time we get heavy rain. Airbrick in skirting board. Room directly under has very large round wet patches with many long drip stains in middle of chimney breast and some patch/long drip stain from coving height on short return wall too (right hand side). These patches 'shine' in the wallpaper, even when, apparently, not wet. Fireplace tiled up, with two ventilation holes drilled in middle of tiles. Other half of house using other half of this flue has no damp at all even though identical tiled up ground floor fireplace. Upstairs room has fake fireplace, but gaps around this - ventilation. Chimney pots are capped with clay cowls that have rows of ventilation holes going all round. These sit inside the chimney pot. When lifted out there are wet drip stains going down the chimney - presumably rain is getting in through the small gap between cowl and chimney. Could such small amounts of rain be causing significant wet patches further down? No evidence of damp in loft chimney brickwork. Pointing on chimney seems ok.

Would be grateful for any advice - thank you.

Want to remove chimney breast in sitting room (no chimney breast in room above sitting room)

Hi, we are currently buying a house that has a lounge and a sitting room - we want to knock down the adjoining wall to create one space but the sitting room has a gas fire in a fireplace in the chimney breast. The house has a chimney stack that runs up the side of the house but whats odd is that there is no chimney breast in the upstairs bedroom directly above the sitting room - does this mean its already been removed or is the chimney stack in the sitting room false? I'm imagining if we take it down we'll be left with a cavity that goes into the stack is that right? Obviously we'll get professionals in but wanted some idea as we aren't able to go into the house and have nose!

The house was built in 1999.


concrete lintel in fireplace - does it have to be high temperature resisting?

Hi, I'm opening up a plastered over fireplace and the previous owners have used a concrete lintel as they never intended to use it as a fire. my question is will an ordinary off the shelf (wickes or b and q) concrete lintel do or does it have to be a specifically made high temperature resisting concrete lintel.

I know there are fireplace lintels with a chamfered edge for better venting but I'm fitting a woodburner.

Also, they have plastered right into the fireplace, does this need removing right back to the existing brickwork?

Any help would be greatly appreciated


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