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Misc - Removing a Timber Framed Fireplace
- The frame is usually fitted to wooden battens that are attached to the wall behind. Find the screws attaching the frame to the battens and unscrew them. It may be necessary to work away any covering filler or varnish before attempting to unscrew them.
- Lift the frame away once all the screws have been removed. If the frame is top heavy it may be necessary to have someone help you support it before removing all the screws. You can now unscrew and remove the battens from the wall.
- If there are tiled side panels inside of the wooden frame, it may be necessary to remove these next. There is usually a concrete backing screwed to the wall to which the tiles have been added. This backing will be very heavy so get some help when removing it.
- The concrete is attached to the wall by screws through lugs at the side of the backing. These will usually be at the top of the concrete. You may need to take away some plaster or wall covering to expose them.
- Remove the screws or prise the lugs away from the wall with a pry bar. Be sure to brace the concrete before removing any screws. If the concrete does not come away easily, there may be more lugs further down the side which will need to be removed.
- Take the concrete outside and place it face down on the ground. Cover with a dust sheet or sacking before breaking up with a sledge hammer. Be sure to use protective clothing and goggles.
- If you wish to seal off the fireplace, first have the chimney swept and capped by a builder, then seal the gap with brick and mortar. Be sure to insert an airbrick in the middle of the second or third row from the bottom. This will keep the chimney dry.
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