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Green Building Bible, Fourth Edition
Green Building Bible, fourth edition (both books)
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    • CommentAuthormarsaday
    • CommentTimeMar 6th 2020 edited
    I can buy a very nice sandstone fireplace which fits around a baxi open fire for £100.

    I need to remove it however and i wondered has anyone done this before ? How do you remove it without breaking?

    I know how they build them and sort of glue them together.

    you have the hearth in 3 pieces, then two base legs go either side on the wall and usually these are held in place using an L bracket screwed to the wall and then cemented on the top area of the leg.

    There is an infill paneling to go around the baxi opening and this is just mortared together i think.

    Then the top section sits on each leg and is again L bracketed at the top to the wall. Finally the mantle top is laid on top and sometimes these are doweled.

    Usually the mortar to join it all together is a coloured grout to match the stone.

    I have offered to try and remove without damaging and if successful i will pay £100. She might consider it as she has no interest from other buyers on ebay etc.

    I think it is a modern replica fireplace, maybe fitted in the last 20 years. But it is hand carved etc.
    • CommentAuthormarsaday
    • CommentTimeMar 6th 2020
    This is the fire in question.

    I have been looking on utube and i think the main head section will be very heavy.
    There ought to be pins between each section, ie. drilled holes with a metal dowel co-locating to two adjacent pieces, which is also fixed back to the wall. It doesn't take much to hold these surrounds, but then it doesn't take much to create localised pressure and crack/shell an edge.

    So I would tend to be lifting each section vertically, rather than pulling it horizontally. Think I'd use an angle grinder to rake out the fine cement bed, and that will also confirm if there are dowels or fixings at the joints. Tap in timber wedges as you rake out, and you should see it start to separate.

    You're right that the heaviest part is the header (under the mantle), worst part is trying to get a grip of it. Two people for sure, moving it very small amounts. Get a support built up immed next to it once it's all loose, out of say conc block and heavy timbers forming a bench, so that you have somewhere to rest the piece, once it's free, and therefore has a very short distance to drop should it start to be overly heavy to manage.

    Loosening the large piece, with wedges in the joint gaps (as above) should allow you to get webbing/sling under and up the back/front of the piece, which you can then get a grip of from above.

    Try giving it a sanding (like you would with wood using an elect sander) to remove the worst of the charring.

    Good luck.
    • CommentAuthormarsaday
    • CommentTimeMar 7th 2020
    Thanks very much GP

    I am going to give it a miss because it is just too big a job for me on my own, plus it is in someones house and i think she thinks it is easy to take out.
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