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PostPosted: Wed Aug 08, 2018 8:32 am 
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I am in the process of knocking out a bricked up fireplace and have come to a course of blocks at about 600mm high which are more the sort of material you would expect of a lintel but are in separate blocks (three span the opening). I have just read another post that refers to a 'mini-lintel' and wondered (a) if this is what I have found, and (b) if that means it is safe to take these blocks out? Clearly, to insert a fireplace I need to open up to about 700mm so this is in the way! The house is a townhouse built c. 1880 and this is the fireplace in the main sitting room.
Any advice about this job gratefully received!


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A lintel has to be one continuous piece, if it's three separate pieces it's not a lintel.

Fireplaces do often have an arch (or a lintel) higher in the chimney breast than the fireplace opening you initially see when you begin to expose the brickwork close to the fire.

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Thanks for such a quick answer - much appreciated. I’ll get back to work!


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