Tearing Down a Fireplace


Old 12-30-99, 02:40 AM
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I need to tear down a cinder-block fireplace for an upcoming remodel. Any opinons on what the best approach is? I'm planning using the sledge hammer approach unless I hear of another approach.

Old 12-30-99, 09:25 PM
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Hello Markvi

Best suggestions to answer your question in regards to removing a fireplace would be:

Be sure there isn't any gasline going to it.
<You didn't mention if it natural gas equipped or a wood burning only fireplace.>

Sledge hammering off the top may be okay. However, once below the roof line, you may encounter reinforcement supports in to the structure.

You may even discover problems around the firebox. <You didn't mention what type of house construction there was--I.E. brick, slate, stone, wood, stucco, etc. Nor the interior wall construction material.>

Best bet is to also post this question, adding more detail would help, to Jack The Contractor in his forum.

Don't start at the base or stand under it...hahaha

Good Luck

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