Need advice on removing a stone hearth

Old 03-10-08, 07:14 AM
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Need advice on removing a stone hearth

We have a stone fireplace (stone over brick masonry) with an 18 inch stone hearth in front. We would like to put in a wood stove and are planning to remove the stone hearth, which is about 3 stones high, and put in a new larger hearth perhaps of slate or tile. We have not done a project like this before. The stones are interspersed with mortar.

My questions are:

1. What are the best tools to remove the mortar so we can remove the stones
2. Is there any danger in banging on the hearth that we would damage the flooring below?

(the house is a well constructed house built in the late 80's).

Any other advice would be appreciated
Old 03-10-08, 10:51 PM
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I think the best tool would be a 1/2" drill hammer with an adjustable / variable power setting. These usually come with a good selection of drill bits (masonry - cement) . An for fine work use the good old hammer and chisel(s).

Just use safety procedures - mask etc.

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There will be a good deal of ...probably concrete... under the stones. Maybe reinforced with wire, so it'll extract as one huge chunk or twisted mess. I would look at how to pull the largest sections of this fireplace outside, where it's easier to demolish.
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If the new hearth will be bigger than the old, don't remove the old.

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