Moving a marble fire surround


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baxter basics

Hi,
I plan to open up a couple of bricked up fireplaces, and move some
exiting marble surrounds to them.

I've swapped over/renovated old caste iron ones before but not sure
about the best approach to

1) open up a block fireplace
2) dismantle a marble surround without killing it.

TIA
RIch
 
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Lawrence Milbourn

baxter basics said:
Hi,
I plan to open up a couple of bricked up fireplaces, and move some
exiting marble surrounds to them.

I've swapped over/renovated old caste iron ones before but not sure
about the best approach to

1) open up a block fireplace
2) dismantle a marble surround without killing it.

TIA
When I moved one a few years back, I found the back and the mantle-piece
fixed by two small plates and a couple of screw. It came off the wall very
easily. This one had two plinths at the sides and a substantial hearth.
The tops came off the plinths ok but the plinths fell to pieces as I tried
to move them. The hearth fell into three pieces. When I came to put it
back (I only wanted to move it by just over 1 metre) it was a bit like a
jigsaw but went together remarkably well with a weak mortar mix with added
PVA. Go for it!

Lawrence
 

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