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gas fireplace not installed flush with wall

Posted by thomaskuhn (My Page) on
Fri, Aug 19, 11 at 16:46

Hi!!

I am currently doing a new tile job around my gas heatilator fireplace and was having some re-tiling questions were posted in the remodel forum (Link at the end of this post).

What I found just now is that the fireplace front face is not square with the drywall and framing around it. This photo might show what I am talking about - the fireplace is "leaning" backwards:






This pic sort of shows the slant but not really:







Underneath the fireplace, I found that the firebox is resting on 4 cinder blocks. But on the front of the firebox, there is a 1/2 thick piece of wood running across between the cinder blocks and the firebox as seem here:







AS far as I read in the manual, there should not even be any wood touching that surface. There is not wood on the back cinder blocks as seen here:






Can I remove this board? I do not see any other places where the firebox is attached to the frame. I am hoping that is I can remove this (or shim up the back somehow) I can get the front face flush with the new drywall or concrete board I will be putting in to put the new tile on.

Here is a link that might be useful: Original Fireplace


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