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How do you open up a closed fire place in an old house.

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Nov 29, 2013, 11:32 AM
The Tile Man
How do you open up a closed fire place in an old house.
My 1951 South Carolina home is a "mill" style house.
The fireplace has been closed up with a small piece of tin and appears old bricks were sent down the chimney to close off a majority of the air flow. The fireplace "mirrors" 2 rooms. (Living room, bedroom.) with a brick divider wall in between. I'd like to open this up if possible. Id like any input on anyone tackling a similar project or knowledge in this area. Some questions are: Is the dividing wall in the center of the fireplace common or built afterwards?(if its taken down you will see directly into the other rooms fireplace.) What should I look for as far as integrity issues?
Already checked: foundation footing is deep and solid. "Hearth" is solid and supported, mortar joints going through the attic and also the roof are hard and look good.
Thanks
Nov 29, 2013, 12:22 PM
Jaybee
The back-to-back design in common. Even so, there should be separate internal chimneys - you could verify this by taking a look from the roof. Even in the 50's, there most likely are individual clay pipe liners used as the actual chimneys. Most common size is 8" x 12" but this can vary.

Since it has been out of commission for a long time and also appears that it was deliberately blocked up, it would be wise to get a chimney guy in to inspect and make any recommendations.


Jaybee