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Remove Rock

Posted by mlessirard (My Page) on
Sun, May 18, 08 at 19:46

We are buying a house with an exisitng rock wall fireplace that needs updating. Here are some pictures. Husband does not like rock wants to paint. I just want to take rock off and start over.

Do I take down and start over or plaster over existing surfac? Mantel needs updating and existing rough sawn cedar is embedded in rock. So when it's removed there will be gaps.

Question, it's seems like rock is not that deep and a veneer almost over drywall. That would be easier to remove? or is it hard. Thanks!

existing fireplace wall
Here are some details:
rock at firebox

I'd like to install a continous beefy mantel, with cultured stone below and finished plaster above.

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RE: Remove Rock

Looks like fake 1/2 rock or real cut 1/2 rock, either way doesn't matter. It should be pretty easier to tear off, it is probably held to the wall by metal clips that are screwed to the studs and embedded in the mortar. Then hang new drywall, mud it and paint. I removed a similiar brick fireplace from my house and it was fairly easy, in fact the whole facade came off in one piece, but I could not lift it, I had to break it up to get it out. Look down to the Bodart & Gonay thread and there are a bunch of pictures.

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