Fireplace refacing


Old 12-07-15, 09:55 AM
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Fireplace refacing

We are refacing our fireplace with natural stone. Is this too heavy? Do we need a lath?
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Old 12-07-15, 02:14 PM
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I had moved your thread to the masonry section. I'm not the pro but I would think you would need something to help hold the stone up even if it were ties that you could fasten to the old wall and in-bed in the stone wall as it's built.

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Old 12-07-15, 07:53 PM
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What was the fireplace faced with before? Do the interior fireplace walls go down to a sound and adequate footing? Natural stone is very heavy, probably twice as heavy as brick, so you don't want to overload footings if it's just brick that's being replaced. If the underlying support is adequate, then use wire lath nailed or screwed to the fireplace's wall structure.

Unless you have a real strong reason for wanting to face it with natural stone, the job will be much easier if you were to use an artificial stone instead--no need for massive footings, and the stuff lays up quickly (unlike natural stone, which likes to smash fingers).
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