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minin96

10:27AM | 01/07/05
Member Since: 01/06/05
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I wish to build a mantel for my fireplace and have found the Video provided on Mr. Vila's website helpful. However, our fireplace is a bit unusual in that the entire chimney brick is exposed from floor to ceiling and protrudes out from the wall. I would like to completely cover the brick work by extending the mantel beyond the shelf to meet the ceiling-- resulting in an incased fireplace with only the hearth and surrounding brick showing around the hearth opening. Would I follow the hearth building directions and then add a sort of "hutch" on top of the mantel shelf? Also how should the directions be altered to accommodate nailing/drilling into the masonry instead of a wall?

-MC

Piffin

01:42PM | 01/09/05
Member Since: 11/06/02
1281 lifetime posts
What you describe is called an over-mantle.

I would attach to this masonry with polyurethene glue, PL Premium is one good to use here. Attach sleepers first to anil and screw finish surfaces to.

There could eb one problem with this thiough, in not knowing how your chimney was built. A typical chimney should not be in direct contact with combustable materials. That may be why yours is exposed. If there is sufficient masss between the flue and the wood, you are OK, but check with local codes people.

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minin96

02:30AM | 01/11/05
Member Since: 01/06/05
2 lifetime posts
Thanks for the advice! Safety is most important. I will do my research prior to starting the project.

-MC

Piffin

03:04AM | 01/11/05
Member Since: 11/06/02
1281 lifetime posts
A good way to get design ideas if you need some, is to google the images zone under the subject. Lots of pictures will come up in thumbnail size.

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