construction of 1950's fireplace hearth
I have a brick fireplace in my 1950's California ranch home. A couple of the tiles on the hearth surrounding the fireplace came loose, so I decided to replace them with something nicer.
I ripped out the tiles, and found them to be laid in a very thick (over 6") concrete bed. The concrete is cracked, which is suspect is why some of the tiles came loose. I plan to remove the concrete, reframe the hearth area, and then use concrete backerboard and tile.
Will this work? I'm afraid if I start tearing out the concrete bed, I might end up damaging the actual fireplace. I can't tell if it was poured after the firebox, or with it. Anyone have any experience with fireplaces like this??