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Regulations for installing a wall mounted electric fire

Hello, I am hoping to install a wall mounted electric fire in my dining room in the centre of a big shelving unit. Are there any regulations I need to follow or do I literally hang it on my wall? I think some you need to make a hole in the wall behind. Many thanks

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


Wood/coal burning stove in chimney breast

I would like to have a burning wood/coal stove installed in the chimney breast. What do have to do in order to have the job done?

Can i remove the chimney breast all the way up to the roof in a victorian terrace house

i live in a terrace house, a few years ago i had my chimney breast removed in the front room, and the bedroom above that, the builders put on hangers in the loft to hold it up.

im now deciding on a loft conversion so want to get rid of the chimney completely in the loft as well.

so is it okay to remove the hanger and break the chimney completely from the outside as well, only my half?

and doing this will it affect the neighbours chimney as they usually be joined?

any advice and help would be really appreciated

Thank you

What are cement flakes falling down chimney to hearth after storm ?

Chimney pot undamaged but top of stack (cement) has edges broken.

Shared Chimney stack, breast removed decades ago, unsure of any support - Help!

I would like advice upon how to proceed regarding a shared (unused) chimney that has already had the breast removed in the room beneath.

The house belongs to an elderly family member whose late husband dealt with this over 40 years earlier.

She is unsure of what if any support is in place and now the chimney is leaking and needs repair. To add to the issue, this part of the loft seems in-accessible, so no-one can see the remaining part of the chimney.

There is a significant chance there is no support, apart from next door, but I am eager to rectify this but want to do this to current regulations without directly troubling the current neighbour. (simply removing the chimney doesn't seem to be an option).

I am a little frustrated about not knowing the best way to proceed and the dis-interest shown by local builders in wanting to deal with the issue. One of more communicative ones indicated that it was awkward job, not as profitable to tackle as opposed to the ample extension work in the surrounding area. I don't think having the house occupied by the elderly person helped matters.

I have worked out that an opening would be needed in the room below to examine the area. The someone would need plan supports acceptable to local building control. Then someone would need to action this as well as sorting the other issues on the chimney. Either of these people (or both) would then need to be sure Building Control Inspects and is happy so we get a certificate to approve the work.

My hope was to find someone (a builder) to do this for us, but I have failed to get anyone to take interest.

How should I approach this to actually find someone competent in the Manchester area to take this on?

Am I being unrealistic in hoping to find someone to deal with all the steps or must I break them up?

Would convincing my relative to make an opening in the ceiling below first and getting a structural engineer to examine fully and work out the supports needed separately really increase the chance of someone willing to action the work?

I would like to avoid doing it this way for many reasons but I am running out of options and just want this sorted in the coming months, so more beneficial works for the relative can be begun.

Apologies for the detail, but it has been a little frustrating. I would be grateful for any useful advice.


Blocking chimney permanently to stop wind (and noise) coming down the chimney


We don't use our chimney at all, well not for any fires or such as we don't have any.

Problem we have is where we live on a hill it is very windy and the noise coming down the chimney is horrible at times, is there any safe way of blocking the chimney permanently to totally stop the noise



Sorry meant to say tried the bin bag trick, doesn't make much difference which is why I'm looking for perm blocking, thanks


Normal scaffold versus chimney scaffold

I need to hire a scaffold for the purposes of removing my chimney stack. I have found companies that hire normal straight scaffolds but from what I can tell a chimney scaffold would be more appropriate? Is this the case, can I only use a chimney scaffold for the removal of my chimney stack or will a normal scaffold do also? I cannot seem to find companies that hire chimney scaffolds. Thank you

Can anything done about the draft coming down my chimney

I Recently had a real flame gas fire fitted ,
Only problem we now have a constant draft coming down the chimney , how can we stop this or least reduce it.
will any work done require removal of my fire and what is the rough price for the work.

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