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PostPosted: Tue Aug 08, 2017 12:11 am 
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Hey, so new this forum, enjoying reading all the posts.

Im slowly taking on more diy as i have bought my own place.

So my question, i have removed the old fireplace and the plan is to brick up and plaster it all smooth and fit a electric fire. Was all going fine but now i have come across this, the lintel and the brick work is not flush and comes out about 2 inches. Can i just remove it all and then brick up so it allows me to have plaster smooth, or is it structural and a bigger ?

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Without seeing the wall with more plaster removed this can only be a guess.

I think if you remove the protruding piece, the whole wall won't fall down as there is almost certainly a larger lintel higher up the wall. The brickwork between the two lintels is likely to come down however, so you may as well remove more plaster to be certain that the higher lintel is in fact there.

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This is where your other half says ' I wish you had never stared this' when it was her idea. :lol: A word of warning, cover all your furnishings and floor with sheeting as it is sods law that half a ton of soot will fall down as soon as you start chopping bricks out. :thumbright:

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As stated above, do remove more plaster and expose the higher lintel or arch before removing the protruding brickwork.
Also remember to insert a 9" x 3" Air-brick when bricking up the hole left by the previous fire place. Regs say the flue must be vented.

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Looks like one of the old Otty lintels which was used to form the throat and support a few bricks between it and the main lintel or arch which formed the builders opening.
Normally no problem to remove, even if you lose a loose course of a few bricks.
You could still check there is some support further up to be sure, but normally the main structure and support for above is the Builders opening.


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