fireplace demolition and removal

greg-builderOctober 23, 2006

I am doing some demolition aroud my house which will include stone fireplace can anyone tell me if demolition of just fireplace without taking down chimney is possible ?

I hope i am making it clear enough , i want to remove the fireplace inside and plug the chimney and cover the wall with sheetrock is it ok ? are there any stractual concerns ?

response greatly appriciated

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There are many structural concerns. Assuming this is a masonry chimney, its entire weight is born by the fireplace and then down to the footings beneath the fireplace. Demolishing just the fireplace basically leaves the chimney with no support. A collapse of the chimney - in who knows what direction - may or may not occur immediately, but the first high winds... In short, don't attempt to do this. A masonry chimney, especially if it is stone like the fireplace weighs many, many tons; the potential for huge damage to your house, not to mention its occupants, is almost guaranteed.
You might also consider that a fireplace adds coniderably to the resale value of your home.

    Bookmark   October 24, 2006 at 6:02AM
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