open a sealed up fireplace?

Old 04-20-02, 03:08 PM
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Question open a sealed up fireplace?

I have a brick fireplace that has been covered with sheetrock. I would like to remove the sheet rock at the fireplace opening and place an insert inside the opening. My question is do I have to remove all the sheet rock- or just punch a hole at the center and remove the sheet rock until I get to the end of the brick. If the fireplace looks bad can I buy a mantle and cover up the brick? When I bought the house FHA said the fireplace looked perfectly good on the outside.
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Old 04-20-02, 04:23 PM
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Opening a sealed fireplace

Contact your local chimney specialist before beginning your project. Any repairs to the chimney is best done by a professional. A professional inspection will help you know what you are up against as far as repairs, relining, and your budget.
Old 04-22-02, 10:26 AM
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Keep in mind if your house is old the fireplace may be a Rumford design - very shallow firebox which would probably not allow for an insert.The few fireplaces I've uncovered behind plaster walls ended up being the Rumford type.

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