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Old 03-15-2010, 08:09 PM  
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My fireplace is kind of interesting. There is a brick chimney outside, but that doesn't mean it's not hiding something. There are two small air inlets out there controlled by dampers on either side inside the box, and another airflow control at the front, along with a forced air blower.

I was playing with Photoshop ( not one of my better skills). What do you think of brick versus no brick?:



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Old 03-15-2010, 10:20 PM  
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I like the idea of getting rid of it. It looked like there was a problem with it anyways. When your hearth starts breaking away throwing new mortar on it is a band-aid. I would suggest putting a new small hearth, trim, and mantel on it though, either tile or wood. Otherwise you have a big hole there that looks out of place. The brick doesn't match your room design, so if possible 86 the brick.



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Yeah, it would need a nice surround. I'm going to find a picture and try to put it in. Like I said, Photoshop isn't one of my skills.

I didn't know my room had a design. LOL! I just got the rug, after looking for a couple of years for some plain and square. Home Depot Dot COm! On sale, free shipping.

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Old 03-16-2010, 10:47 AM  
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Depending on the soil in your area it looks like you may have some upheaval either under the fireplace footing or under the piers. Check around the outside for areas where water may pond next to the base of the fire-place. If piers were added, the soil may have compacted at the surface allowing water to work down through the disturbed soil. If water is able to pond, redirect it away from the house, and as it drys, things should get better.

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If your home is build on expansive clay soil it is likely that moisture has encroached under the fire-place footing, or piers that were installed during repairs. Moisture expanding the soil would cause upward pressure on the fireplace causing upheaval resulting in the crack. Check outside around the fireplace for areas where water may pond. Keep excess water from the foundation and the crack will likely close.

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Check inside the fire-box to see if any grout has fallen. If so it may be dangerous to fire it up. Also problem may be result of the fireplace footing or piers under the fireplace heaving due to swelling soil. Check outside around the fireplace for ponding water. The crack inside appears to be the result of heave.
If water is expanding the soil under the foundation support, it is likely lifting the fireplace and the water needs to be rerouted. If the fireplace was piered the contractor may need to come back and build up the soil to shed the water away. That should fix the problem. You may find more information on heaving at my website: repairfoundations.com or contact me: richardrashinc@tx.rr.com

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I work for Advanced Foundation Repair in Dallas. From what I can see in the pictures it looks like the interior brick is veneer and is non-structural. You have two basic approaches. The first is to tuck point the brick, that is fill in the cracks and openings. This is the lowest cost approach.

The second approach is to remove the brick and replace it with something else. Generally, but not always, the brick above and to the sides of the fireplace opening is laid over sheetrock. Sometimes the mortar messes up the sheetrock and you need to replace it or refinish it. Once you remove the brick and clean or replace the sheetrock, you can go with any standard interior finishes.

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More fun with Photoshop. Not my style of surround and I haven't created a hearth, but I'm just having fun. Certainly changes the look of things, doesn't it?

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Now your on track...start chiselin. Looks very formal, and classic at the same time.

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Thanks! Yeah, it looks less "den" and more "living room." I need to get rid of that door, first. I've got that dog door sealed shut with screws and a glue gun, but because the storm door was thrashed little critters keep getting in. I'm thinking a full lite with mullions. And it's not a standard 32" rear door--it's 36", which might limit me.

Gee, I act like I have money. Think a $1,000 budget should do it? LOL!



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