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help desperate first time diyer, please

Posted by ginger_anna (My Page) on
Mon, Feb 16, 09 at 16:01

Please, help, don't know what to do. We bought a house built in 1969 and decided to redo the ugly brick fireplace. It is a masonry built fireplace with gas starter that also can burn wood. When we took down the facing brick, that was just decorative, we're left without the 2 brick thick lip that's usually held by lintel. Because we've never done this before, we realized this only after putting up framing around the whole fireplace that will eventually hold marble tiles. I'm afraid that if we leave it like this, it will smoke a lot because there won't be a "return" place for the smoke. Can anyone please suggest any remedy at this stage, without having to take down the framing already in place? How can we add in this "lip" at this point? THANK YOU SOOO MUCH!

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RE: help desperate first time diyer, please

Can you post a picture - it's hard to visualize what you are describing. Do you mean that you need to add some depth on the top of the front of the firebox opening? Also, I assume you are aware of your local building code requirements with regard to clearances from the firebox to any combustible material, like wood framing (assuming that's what you used). I've seen wood framing get charred right through a layer of stone and cement board. If you don't know how to post a picture I'll give you my e-mail address and you can send it to me.

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