How Do You Remove a Fireplace?


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The procedure for removing a fireplace depends on the materials used to construct it. The materials used determine the tools, manpower and expertise needed in the process of removing the fireplace. Clear space by moving any furniture positioned near the fireplace to create enough work space to begin demolition.

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Some of the materials and tools required for the removal of a brick fireplace include a compressor, a sledgehammer, demolition hammer, circular saw and brick chisels. Before commencing the work, seek the advice of a professional mason on issues of safety and to cap the chimney. For personal safety, wear safety goggles and gloves.

Remove all the blocks that extend beyond the plane of the wall, including the hearth. The hearth and all the concrete below the fireplace must be removed to ensure that there is enough space for the installation of a new subfloor and the finish floor. Frame the fireplace opening to ensure that the demolition is conducted safely without creating cracks on the surrounding wall. After the demotion completes, install drywall over the opening or the entire wall. Use the framing inside the fire box to nail in the drywall. You can choose to paint the drywall to match the surrounding walls and install matching flooring over the hearth.

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