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Removing 2 chimney breast in an old house terraced house
I just purchased a new house. I'm intending to remove 2 chimney breast in lower floor as the upper floor ones been removed already been by prev owner and he had fitted gallows braket in loft.
Now I've been told in order to remove the lower chimney breast, the upper floor has a slab, which needs to be removed from upper floor and and whole ceiling of ground floor would slowly wear out, needing to replace the whole ceiling!
Don't know what to do.
This is nonsense. The so called slab is a support for the heart of the fireplace that was originally there when the house was first built. You will find it is supported by two pieces of stout wood at right angles to your floor/ceiling joists. It is not going anywhere. If you must remove it it will involve removal of a section of the floorboards to room above and removal of a section of the ceiling below, approx two metres x one metre. You will find this is old lathe and plaster and will be quite easy to repair. Without seeing the condition of the ceiling already there I would think this would do the job. regards mick.
Answered 18th Jul 2012